On March 9, the conference ITEPMW-2021 was officially held in Kazan State Technological University. The Conference was developed to the 50th anniversary of technological environmental education in Russia and Tatarstan when a specialty "recuperation of recyclables in industry" had been launched in Kazan State Technological University, Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology and Leningrad Technological Institute of Paper Industry half a century ago.
At the conference opening, the acting rector of the Kazan State Technological University Yurii Kazakov noted that the problems of environmental protection and training specialists for that field became really acute in the USSR and worldwide in the 1970s. So, launching the specialty on the recuperation of recyclables in the industry became the timely response of the scientific and education community to this challenge.
Over these years, the Institute has trained many highly qualified specialists sought for in the republic of Tatarstan and beyond its borders. Many of the graduates had taken senior positions in the government and many enterprises from different industries.
The first deputy of the minister of ecology and natural resources on the republic of Tatarstan, Fayaz Shakirov, spoke on behalf of minister Alexandr Shadrikov. He stressed that the Ministry does much work in collaboration with the Kazan State Technological University. He added that the representatives of the department of environmental engineering are members of the public and scientific and engineering councils in the Ministry. None of the projects, be it construction or reconstruction of purification works, revetment, cleaning of waterworks, or implementation of other major projects, are not implemented without considering the opinion of environmental engineering specialists. Enforcement of environmental protection law is yet another area of collaboration.
Then the Conference for each section was organized at zoom. Participants were given 15 minutes to present. After each presentation, there was time to answer questions from the audience and the expert committee. Participants could connect from any location. There were 85 participants with presentations and an unlimited number of audience members. The Conference was held at ZOOM.
We were delighted to have Professor Svetlana Sverguzova (Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov) as an honourary participant of our Conference. She reported on the use of agricultural waste as adsorption materials. We would especially like to thank all the main reporters for sharing their latest research with the audience.
Based on the conference result, the contribution of the participants of ITEPMW-2021 in the development of theoretical and applied research in the area of environmental protection was prized. Professors Friedland S.V and Shaikhiev I.G. were awarded the Lomonosov medals of the Russian Ecological Academy. The department teachers, associate professors Svetlana Stepanova, Vladislav Dryakhlov, and Almira Madyakina, and teaching assistant Alsu Fazullina were awarded letters of appreciation and honorary certificates.