The Management of BAS distinguished 10 works in the Competition for Excellent Scientific Achievements on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the Academy

nag DSC 0009-6 The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences distinguished 10 works of scientists and research teams from BAS in the Competition for Excellent Scientific Achievements, dedicated to the 145th anniversary of the Academy. At a solemn meeting, which took place on 11 December 2014 in the Great Hall of BAS, the winning scientists and research teams were awarded with cash prizes, certificates and commemorative plaques.

The competition, announced in February 2014, involved over 40 scientists and research teams with developments in nine scientific fields. The developments were assessed by special five-member committees in every scientific field for characteristics such as relevance, theoretical and / or scientific and practical contribution, prestige of the publisher, quotes by Bulgarian and foreign authors, practical implementation of scientific achievements and products, and more.

In "Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies" Prof. Nikolay Nikolov from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics was awarded for a set of articles dealing with problems in the field of geometric theory of functions of several complex variables and the field of invariant metrics and distances in the n-dimensional complex space.

In the field of "Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency" Acad. Dechko Pavlov from the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems was awarded for the monograph "Lead-acid Batteries: Science and Technology", describing the modern theories and technologies of lead batteries.

Assoc. Prof. Stefka Kartaleva and her team from the Institute of Electronics were awarded in the "Nanosciences, Materials and new technologies" field for the introduction and development of two new directions in the institute - Quantum Optics of the vapours of alkali metals and laser spectroscopy with an ultra-resolution of nanometric and micrometric layers of the vapour of alkali metals.

In the same field a team led by Corr. Member Ilia Rashkov from the Institute of Polymers was distinguished for creating a new generation of micro- and nanostructure polymer materials through the development of the advanced technology "electrospinning".

A team under the leadership of Associate Prof. Evgeni Hristov Semkov from the Institute of Astronomy was awarded in the field "Astronomy, Space Research and Technology" for the cycle of works related to the study of the properties of newly formed stars.

In the field "Biomedicine and Quality of Life" an award was received by Chief Assistant Dr. Zachary Raikov from the Institute of Microbiology for his scientific publications, which have significant scientific contributions from studies on cancer paraviruses and the results have important implications for the treatment of oncological diseases in humans.
A team of scientists from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research was awarded in the "Biodiversity, Ecology and Bioresources" field for Volume 11 of the monograph of the fundamental series "Flora of the Republic of Bulgaria", detailing four major families of Bulgarian flora, represented by 262 species.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yordanka Gesheva from the Institute for Historical Research was awarded in the "Cultural Heritage and National Identity” fi

eld for the monograph "The Family of Counts Peyachevich- between legend and reality” (the second half of XVII - XX c.).
In the field "Man and Society" a prize was awarded to Dr. Alla Kirova, Assoc. Prof. Irena Zareva and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mathew Matev from the Institute for Economic Research for the collective monograph "Preservation and development of human capital in education and science". The work is a large study in theoretical and practical and applied aspects of the phenomenon of "human capital" in the fields of education and science in a knowledge-based economy.

At the solemn meeting the leadership of the Academy of Sciences awarded special certificates to scientists and research groups who have worked on projects with a total value of over 1 million Leva in the last five years and have attracted considerable resources to the activities of the institutes and the Academy as a whole. The projects are funded under various operational programmes of the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities; by the Fund "Science" and others. Activities are carried out independently or in partnership with other scientific organizations, incl. other institutes of BAS, structures of the public administration, companies and others.

During the meeting a documentary film was aired, which was shot for the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the Academy of Sciences, which presents the scientific achievements of scientists from the Academy and their contribution to the overall development of society and the state.