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Interdisciplinarity: Science, Education, Business

International conference "Interdisciplinarity: Science, Education, and Business" dedicated to liberal arts education (58-60 Galernaya Street).

Program Committee

  • Aleksei Kudrin (SPbU) – Chairman
  • Andrey Astvatsaturov (SPbU)
  • Jonathan Becker (Bard College)
  • Leon Botstein (Bard College)
  • Tatiana Chernigovskaya (SPbU)
  • Marina Kalashnikova (SPbU)
  • Elena Khodorkovskaya (SPbU)
  • Danila Raskov (SPbU)


  • Discussion of interdisciplinarity in the context of science, business and education
  • Exchange of experience in the implementation of educational programs based on the Artes Liberales model
  • Development of the educational program of St.Petersburg State University "Liberal Arts and Sciences"

Interdisciplinarity is, on the one hand, an obvious trend (it is impossible not to meet this word in almost every document oriented on future development), and, on the other hand, an equally obvious challenge for science and education. Without questioning the current scientific and educational achievements in the field of separate disciplines, it should be noted that in order to find an answer to the complex questions that society faces in the new millennium there is a demand for specialists who have been trained in different and sometimes rather distant from each other spheres at the same time. This means that it is time to review the existing principles and approaches to the educational process and preparation of students in higher education.

What should be understood as interdisciplinarity, and what is it obviously not? This issue will be raised during the conference in order to try and find an adequate response, or at least to agree on the use of this term. It is even more important as the developed understanding will help to prevent possible speculations with this popular word.

The interdisciplinary approach in education is directly related to the formation of important competencies such as ability and readiness to work in a team, the ability to work with texts in a larger sense, the skill of critical thinking, tolerance, etc. These are referred to as soft skills in international educational standards, and are not directly related to professional training in the sense of organizing the educational process, but are, in fact, the first requirement of any employer in the dynamic and ever-changing modern labor market.

It is necessary to register for participation in conference.

The working languages of the conference are English and Russian with simultaneous tranlation.