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Address of Professor Stephen Hawking to the participants of the Global University Summit in Moscow

   Welcome to Moscow and the Global University Summit.
   I would like to talk about how important it is, that we all, have a good understanding of science and technology.
Science and technology are changing our world dramatically, and it is important to ensure that these changes are in the right directions. In a democratic society, this means that we all need to have a basic understanding of science, so we can make informed decisions ourselves, rather than leave them to the experts.
   We have a rather ambivalent attitude to science at present. We have come to expect the steady increase in the standard of living, that science and technology have brought, but people distrust science, because they don't understand it, or feel they can control it.
   The popularity of science fiction like Star Trek, is because this is a form of science, with which people feel safe. But an understanding of science ~fact, would lay their fears to rest much better.
   What can be done to harness this fascination with science, and give people the background they need to make informed decisions on subjects like the greenhouse effect, nuclear weapons, or genetic engineering. The basis must be what is taught in schools.
   But school science is often presented in a dry and uninteresting manner. Children learn it by rote to pass examinations, so they don't see its relevance. And science is often taught with equations.
Although they are a concise and accurate way of describing mathematical ideas, they frighten many.

   When I wrote a Brief History, I was advised that each equation I included, would half the sales. I included one, Einstein's famous equation, e = mc squared. Perhaps I would have sold twice as many copies, without it.
Scientists and engineers, tend to express their ideas by equations, because they need to know the precise value of quantities. But for most people, a qualitative, rather than quantitative, understanding is sufficient.
   This can be conveyed by words and diagrams, without the need for complicated equations.
   School science can provide the basic framework. But the rate of progress is now so rapid, that there are always new developments, that have occurred since one was at school or university.
   I never learned about molecular biology or transistors at school, but genetic engineering and computers, have changed the way we live. Popular science books and articles,  can help to put across these new developments. But only a small proportion of the population, reads even the most successful book.
Television is one way to reach a truly mass audience. But television is communication one way only. Now, with the Internet, people can answer back, and interact.In a way, the Internet connects us all together, like the neurones in a giant brain.
   With such an IQ, what won't we be capable of.
   I wish you all a successful conference in Moscow.



Press conference by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, 12 October 2018

On 12 October 2018 the Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko held a press conference on the current Russia-UK relations.


Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow, September 4, 2018


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko speaks on RT's "Going Underground"

The Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko was the guest speaker on RT's show "Going Underground". His Excellency talked about Skripal poisoning, Brexit, the BRICS economic bloc, Syria, the Turkish crisis, NATO, and the 2018 Russian World Cup.


Ambassador Yakovenko on Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki

Food for thought: Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko speaks on the upcoming Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki.


Ambassador Yakovenko on 5G in Russia

Food for thought: Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko speaks on 5G in Russia on the eve of Ambassadors' meeting in Moscow


Ambassador Yakovenko on NATO spending.

Ambassador Yakovenko on NATO spending.


Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's interview for Channel 4 News

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov interviewed by Cathy Newman on a wide range of issues: Russia-US relations, Syria, Salisbury incident and others


Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presents prizes to the winners of the Russia2018Quiz dedicated to the 2018 World Cup (Russian TV report)

On 25 May 2018 the Russian Ambassador Yakovenko hosted the first 11 winners of the #Russia2018Quiz on Embassy’s Twitter account @RussianEmbassy, dedicated to the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Our guests come from various cities of England, Scotland and Germany. The winners received prizes – full set of official World Cup merchandise - from the Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko and enjoyed an exclusive tour of the residence. Report on the Channel One (in Russian).


Ekaterinburg expo 2025 presentation

Ekaterinburg expo 2025 presentation


Sergey Lavrov's interview with BBC HardTalk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a wide-ranging interview: Russia-West relations, Syria, Salisbury poisoning and more.

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