Report on the Activity of Evrika Foundation in the Year 2020

 

 

The annual report of Evrika Foundation summarizes and analyses the achievements gained in 2020. It includes information on activities, initiatives and events, providing grounds to draw conclusions on the successive steps towards the implementation of set goals and the new possibilities faced by the organization – leading to reaching the desired levels, and not just searching solutions of “what’s possible” in the present complicated situation. All of us made plans how to work to introduce novelty and progress in our activities, but looked for salvation and survival of the good achievements – this was our contribution, though far from what we the desired. All of us made plans how to bring our criteria and approaches in conformity with the new requirements of the 21st century, though standing too far away in our practical actions. The new conditions made everybody strive to survive – on a physical, intellectual and educational level. Upon this process we looked for the place we had conquered in the plans on the development and inclusion of young people in science, technics and new technologies, in response to the new age.  New times required new criteria on the organization of our activity and its bringing in conformity with the approaches to turn education and science into most significant part upon the selection of priorities, as well as using of digitalization as an inseparable tool of the path to development. All of us proved sensitive to the role of education as a real priority on the way to development, though practically we brought everything to what was possible for the school and universities, and the out-of-class activities and sophistication of creative capabilities became a dream opposed by many impediments and restrictions arising from the measures imposed against the Corona virus – an enemy that showed no mercy to anyone.

We have elaborated the present report together with the Executive Board, to collect and summarize our ideas and views for tomorrow, where hopefully we are to return to normal life and continue the conceived and further develop it.

We were successful in many ways, though not without certain compromise, necessitated by the restrictions in the applicable and varying documents – in the state, and concretely in the sphere of education. The altered conditions became an incentive so that STEM occupied a particularly important place in the educational process, and not only therein. We got assured that digitalization becomes the basic mean in the life of all generations.

During the whole year we had been working under the conditions of many unknown factors, trying to find the cross point between the desired and possible, and not deviating from our policies as an organization, emphasizing on education and science as governmental priorities. On this basis we tried to acknowledge all advantages and deficiencies in the forms of activities’ organization, selected by us. We chose forms that were interesting, keeping the traditions, but also spearing the health of children and youths.

In most cases we managed to preserve, as well as adapt them to carrying out activities and programs in electronic media, as required for the implementation of the real study process. That’s why the present report will exhibit what and how was done and what were our outcomes. As far as possible, we shall try to forecast the manner in which our programs’ implementation is to continue and, without giving up set goals, will go further ahead.

 

The present report tracks our path during the year, from goals through programs, activities, and our achievements gained. They were and still are the organizational base of our activity. Together we searched for the trends in the quickly changing situation and the new requirements, connected with the vast introduction of digitalization in our work and the activity of the schools and universities, the education and science in general. The necessities made us hurry and change the approaches and means of work. Sometimes we were conscious for being late and not able to catch up all alone with the novelties. At the same time, we were quite willing to maintain the good traditions, to preserve the positive, but also be able to respond to the demand and interests of youths and children and the imposing new approaches in education and creative activities. It was our conviction that our mission was still topical, though we had to change the means and approaches thereto. Many new trends in the organization were necessitated by the fact that the Pandemics made us search for untraditional solutions – we had to take into consideration the requirement for social distance and learning in electronic environment, which was not practiced till then. We were looking for and applying new solutions and approaches, very often questioning thereabout the teachers and students. In many cases they were to provide ideas and engage themselves in solving of the problems. Yet, we alone were hardly to achieve all this which, in a way, we are proud of. We have been changing our activities, altering ourselves as well, without compromising our positions, though we lost the significant mass events, collective creation and communication upon work. Some of our plans had altered for days. Others were given up in the name of protecting the health of students and teachers. Eventually, we shall have to look for compensating programs and plans upon our further activities. The most important now is to make the correct assessment and determine the next steps.

We did a lot. This show the facts and numbers provided in the report, the plans which we don’t give up, the awards and evaluations we gained, and most of all – the opinion of the partners who used to stand by us even in those hard times as true adherents. We also managed to provide financing for our activities thanks to the correct management of our funds, but also thanks to the support of the donators. The results and outcomes of our one-year activity and the financial statements are exhibited in the present report, and the examples illustrate the performed work as useful and positive, and the past year in general as a successful one in our development.

 

І.         For implementing the non-profit goals of the Foundation

            The reported 2020 was the consecutive year of ambitions plans we had on useful changes at a state level, as a most important branch of a great future, and as a part thereof – what we are able to do in the name of young people and children. Such were our utmost ambitions and wills. Though, we had to elaborate new plans, rearrange our priorities and search for new ways to cope with the difficulties time imposed on us. Certain changes in teaching were necessitated; individual work in electronic media was highly relied on. There was also a transition commenced from one form of teaching and communicating of students with the school to another. No satisfaction of needs was already to be expected, but achieving of what was possible. In our good plans and intentions on preparing staff members in certain priority fields we dragged behind a lot. The Foundation not only witnessed but participated in changing the contents of activities in the schools and universities, of the public activities which developed multi-sidedly and on an accelerated pace; though, far not as desired, no organized collective activities were practically possible and permitted. Our intentions to support and enhance innovations became hardly realizable, so the outcomes remained far below the expected levels. Many practical sessions and projects in real production environment failed.

Now is the time that requests us to find untraditional ways to keep looking for the necessary level and find our place in an untraditional environment, mostly in the functioning digital economy and digital society, and mostly in the cases permitting remote activity. We know this is not easy, that our wishes will not become true in the near future. We are conscious a new thinking is necessary, as well as the introduction of new technologies for the implementation of such innovative thinking, and this requests paying efforts by all of us.

The crisis we had fallen in requests from us searching of possibilities to support the preparation of staff members, and especially experts who will ensure an eventual change in economy and its functioning. The crisis accelerated changes in computer education, and STEM in general. Probably we shall have to find our place in vocational education under the new conditions and, if requested, to reformulate some of them. We shall also look for new approaches, to permit compensation of the missed aspects.

 

  1. For acquiring by the young generation of natural-scientific, technical and economic knowledge, skills and culture, in support of training and qualification of young people with recognized capabilities in the sphere of natural sciences, equipment and management

 To that end, we are trying to make the correct and exact assessment for what we call “natural interests” and their orientation to the new professions, gaining of knowledge and skills applicable in the new technologies, production, automation, the application of such knowledge in the new digital productions under development, the construction and creation of articles as a result of their implementation in practice, the gradual changing and vast influx of digitalization and computer technologies increasing the productivity and competitiveness of Bulgarian articles; we were to search and discover the incentives therefor.

The scholarship program of the Foundation is under successful development. By resolution of the Foundation’s Board, the categories of applicants entitled to scholarships were preserved, as well as the mechanisms of their selection and ranking. These groups include the applicants having won entitlement after a serious competition for scholarships by name, the second group is that of the winners of medals from the international Olympics for secondary school participants, and the third group are the students and pupils for whom we have obtained donations from people and organizations supporting our noble deed.

Let us speak first about the new aspects. During the past year the scholarships by name became one more. In memoriam of Acad. Blagovest Sendov – a true Bulgarian scholar, clear-sighted and successful manager and reformer, striver for the development of education, prominent figure of public and state significance and patriot, the Board of Evrika Foundation established a new scholarship by name for achievements in the sphere of computation mathematics and mathematical modeling. This has been an honestly gained recognition; sadly, it comes on the occasion of Acad. Sendov’s departure.

More new scholarships were established. In fact, the new aspects are the donations for the scholarships on the name of Acad. Alexander Teodorov-Balan from individual physical persons – such scholarships became two.  The new scholarships by name of the Foundation were determined after carrying out of open and public competition; as far as possible, we searched for public events and projects, to present our concrete proposals in public.

The organization and performance of the competitions for the scholarships by name followed all requirements stipulated by our major documents and the resolution of the Foundation’s Board. A year ago, by decision of the Foundation’s Board, the scholarships by name were increased in amount, and for the academic year of 2020/2021 the students obtained an annual scholarship of BGN 2 300. The other scholarships were also increased. In the conclusive circle of the competitions on scholarships by name the permitted applicants were 38 students from 13 higher schools in the country. The members of the commissions greeted the fact that the Foundation’s Board decided and permitted, in case of very close and significant outcomes of applicants, more than one scholarship by name in the relevant sphere. Our mutual work on determining the bearers of scholarships by name and the special scholarships of Evrika Foundation is a possibility for attracting prominent Bulgarian scientists and public workers to the major cause of the Foundation and constitutes a prerequisite for raising its significance and prestige.

 

In the year of 2020, in spite of the extraordinary conditions and the on-line course of most Olympics, the tradition was maintained by the secondary school teams in mathematics, informatics, physics, chemistry and biology to win a big number of medals and prizes. The first recognitions for Bulgaria were awarded in January, 2020 in Kazakhstan, where the 16th International Zhautikovsk Olympics took place. The Olympics were attended by 17 mathematicians, 7 physicists, 8 informatics – 32 Bulgarian students in total.  This is one of the most prestigious international competitions, held simultaneously in three disciplines. The representatives of Bulgaria won 23 prizes in total, of which: 6 golden, 5 silver and 12 bronze medals. Amongst them were the scholarship students of Evrika Foundation: Evgeni Kayriakov, Borislav Kirilov, Kuong Viet Do, Kristian Minchev, Vasil Nikolov, Alexander Prodanov, Anton Todorov, Gergi Petkov and Viktor Kozhuharov. Four medals were awarded to the Bulgarian participants in the 61st Olympics in Mathematics. The most powerful tournament in mathematics for the year was hosted in Saint Petersburg. The contest was attended by 616 competitors from 105 countries. In a very strong competition the scholarship student of the Foundation Borislav Kirilov from the First Private Mathematical Gymnasium – Sofia won a silver medal, and bronze medals were awarded to Evgeni Kayriakov – Sofia Mathematical Gymnasium, Kuong Viet Do – Sofia Mathematical Gymnasium, and Martin Kopchev – First Mathematical Gymnasium – Gabrovo. In the team ranking our country ended 38th.  Bulgaria, together with Romania and Hungary, is the only country having partaken in all editions of the international Olympics till the time being. The Bulgarian mathematicians had a very successful representation at the 37th Balkan Olympics in Mathematics. The competition was held on-line, and the Bulgarian participants competed with more than 100 secondary school students from 17 countries. Golden medals won our scholarship students Borislav Kirilov and Martin Kopchev. The silver prizes remained for Kuong Viet Do and Dian Dimitrov – Sofia Mathematical Gymnasium, the bronze medal was awarded to Stefan Hadzistoykov from Sofia Mathematical Gymnasium and Angel Raychev from 125 SU – Sofia School. With such recognitions, the Bulgarian mathematicians improved their presentation from the previous year. At the 9th European Olympics in Mathematics for Girls (EGMO) the Bulgarian girls mathematicians won 9 silver and 2 bronze medals. For the first time these Olympics were held on-line as well, and they were attended by 204 girls mathematicians from 53 countries. Our three gold winners from the Australian Mathematical Competition (AMC) received their prizes in Sofia, handled over by the Ambassador of Australia. This prestigious international event had ever been attended by more than half a million students from 38 countries. At the 32nd International Olympics in Informatics the scholarship students of Evrika Foundation Martin Kopchev, Andon Todorov and Georgi Petkov won 3 silver medals. We kept the 5th ranking by medals for all Olympics in informatics held up to now, as the Bulgarian Olympic competitors have ever won 111 medals in total – 27 golden, 46 silver and 38 bronze medals.

At the European Youths’ Olympics in Informatics the Bulgarian students gained 5 silver and 2 bronze medals. We may be proud of the success of our scholarship student Martin Kopchev from Gabrovo who became bearer for the last year of “John Atanasov” Diploma for students and their lecturers for a student having achieved the highest outcomes in the school year of 2019/2020 at international secondary school students’ Olympics in Informatics and Information Technologies. Martin Kopchev is the only Bulgarian student – winner of medals in informatics, as well as in mathematics from the international Olympics in one year.

The last success of the Bulgarian students was achieved at the second edition of the Balkan Olympics in Physics, virtually hosted by Krayova University, Romania. Our secondary school students won 1 golden, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. The gold was again awarded to one of our scholarship students – Alexander Prodanov from PPMG – Kazanlak. Our participants were 5. They won 5 medals competing with 280 participants from 57 countries. Such is the final countdown for Bulgaria from the European Olympics in Physics. Again Bulgarians were the ones having won 1 golden and 4 bronze medals from the on-line edition of the prestigious tournament. The many-year scholarship student of Evrika Foundation Georgi Alexandrov acted for the first time in the role of manager of the Bulgarian Olympic competitors in physics, after having won a golden Olympic medal a year ago. Eight prizes in total – 2 golden, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals, were won by the Bulgarian students at the on-line edition of the International Olympics in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Organizer of the event was Estonia; it was attended by more than 300 participants from 50 countries. The International Olympics in Astronomy and Astrophysics was held for the first time in 2007, and the Bulgarian representatives won 38 medals till now – 8 golden, 14 silver and 16 bronze ones.

Our countdown for the school year of 2020/2021 shows that Evrika Foundation has 46 scholarship students, of whom: 16 bearers of scholarships by name; 2 students receive scholarships on targeted donation; 1 student as winner of a golden medal from international secondary school Olympics; 9 students and pupils, winners of silver medals from international secondary school Olympics; 18 students and pupils, winners of bronze medals from international secondary school Olympics. 

 

The next large-scale project, implemented by us within the frame of the program, is the Student Institute of Mathematics and Informatics. It commenced its activity more than 20 years ago. We joined our efforts with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (IMI) with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), the Mathematical Faculty “Snt. Cyril and Methodius”, and the Bulgaria Union of Mathematicians (BUM). The adopted program proved a very successful approach to work with students of recognized capabilities in the spheres of mathematics, informatics and ITs. A part thereof is the activity with teachers as well. Within the frames of the annual program a secondary school conference is held, as well as a spring secondary school session, an interview for the selection of participants in the Research Scientific Institute (RSI) at the Massachusetts Technological Institute, summer research school, secondary school workshop and seminar for teachers in mathematics, informatics and ITs. The secondary school conference is organized on an annual basis for students from the whole country having developed their own projects. In some of the schools, when candidates are too many, individual competitions are organized. The best developments are sent for assessment at a national level, carried out by scholars from BAS and the universities. The 20th secondary school conference in mathematics and Informatics was carried out in the period 24 – 26 January, 2020 in the city of Pleven. The conference was attended by 55 students – trainees of mathematical and vocational gymnasiums from the whole country, as well as their scientific tutors. Presented were 46 author’s projects in the sphere of mathematics, informatics and ITs. Eight projects in mathematics and 10 projects in informatics and ITs were distinguished by excellent presentation diplomas and medals, and other 19 projects gained diplomas for very good presentation. As a rule, the secondary school section had to be held within the frames of the 49th spring conference of the Bulgaria Union of Mathematicians in the period 13 – 16 April, 2020 at ‘Golden Sands” resort. Under the conditions of the announced extraordinary situation in the country, fast reorganization and holding of the session by correspondence were necessitated. The participants’ projects were evaluated and ranked by the jury per documents.

The jury in mathematics determined as exemplary presented 8 projects of 9 students.

Very good presentation diplomas were awarded to 6 projects of secondary school students from all over the country.

In the Section of Informatics and ITs, by excellent presentation diplomas and medals were distinguished 18 projects of 23 students. Fifteen projects were recognized by very good presentation diplomas. Prizes were awarded under the “Education with Science” Program, as well as prizes for 5 projects from the Joint Training, Analysis and Simulation Center with BAS. A promising development incentive in mathematics was awarded to Maria Alexandrova from SU “P.R.Slaveykov” – Kardzhali, and an incentive for socially significant development was granted to Martina Ivanova from Dobrich. As usual, the presentation of the Bulgarian participants in RSI, and especially that of Viktor Kolev, was impressing. This is one more evidence that no viruses could pose impediment in front of the wish to provide forum for talented young people. Nikola Staykov developed a mathematical project related with the size of circle unions on verge fields.

The summer research school of the Students’ Institute is a certain kind of laboratory for creativity of students and teachers. The students have been working with scientific tutors – scholars from BAS and graduates of the Students’ Institute, who are already studying at some of the most prestigious universities in the world of mathematics and informatics. Representatives of the business from the IT sector also participate in the school as lectors and mentors. Each student works on an individual term of reference in fields such as combinatory theory, theory of numbers, computer sciences, modeling, software development, robotics, etc.   The program includes also lectures on topical scientific problems and modern technologies, meetings with representatives of the sector and different academic institutions, training in soft skills and discussions on matters of importance, such as ethics in science, responsible scientific research work, and innovations.

That’s why Evrika Foundation will continue to support the activity of this unique institution in the interest of the talented and industrious young Bulgarian mathematicians and informatics.

In the past year the school clubs remained an object of our attention; as far as permitted by circumstances, we did everything possible to support them. We celebrated any success of theirs, though our intentions to establish a network of clubs at school were not realized. Anyway, we are not giving this idea up – it still remains our target for the future.  Our consideration is, we would be able to organize a forum of interested parties and discuss the first steps to recovering experience and practices from previous periods. It would be possible and useful to commence the establishment of a platform for out-of-class activities and clubs for science and technics. Our natural associates are found in the face of the National Palace of Children and other public organizations. We shall have to work for the eventual attraction and joining of efforts with BAS, the National Polytechnic Museum, some of the universities educating experts in these spheres, with which we may work together on the basis of mutual interests and already gathered experience.

Our efforts are concentrated also on the organization and implementation of activities for propagation amongst the young generation of vocational technical education and engineering professions, applicable in machine building, automation and related technologies and productions. An object of realization are target groups of children at initial school age, to provoke their interest in constructing activities by playing with appropriate constructors; students from primary schools, who are to get knowledge in basic professions and gain conscious necessity to master their knowledge and skills  – through the development of club activities and team work; students from the secondary schools, mainly the vocational ones preparing specialists for industrial productions in machine building and automation, who will apply their knowledge in solving complicated applicable tasks and creating their own author’s projects;  teachers and tutors from clubs amongst the parents and students from pedagogic and technical university specialties who will act as lecturers, consultants and assistants upon the organization and implementation of the students’ activities.

It was difficult for us to make the change, as desired, with the students too. This could have been explained, as their training also had taken place in an electronic strata, upon no individual contacts. In the presence of tradition, established approaches and with lecturers to support us we were successful, but only where real preparation had been commenced before the beginning of the crisis.

It worth recognize and mention the achievements in Plovdiv. For years we have had good cooperation with the university management and the students’ council of Plovdiv University. Regretfully, we were not able to realize our agreements for rendering specialized training of clubs’ managers. Live contact was again missing at the University, and in the schools too. Our hope is, upon normalization of the learning process we shall return to our plans once again. We are also eager to know the plans of the Ministry of Education and Science, without which this would be impossible. Untraditional solutions are to be searched whenever the learning process is practically suspended; there are no conditions for practical work, upon a limited access to cabinets and practical exercises in them. Restrictions and changes were also necessitated in the cases we were searched for support and help for the performance of different international events, and mainly for travels. These events were postponed in time, to introduce changes in their organization and performance. There was no traveling and some of the events were entirely conducted on-line. The few individual projects for participation in scientific schools and events were also lacking, and practically there were no such. We shall not give up developing the interest of young people in the sphere of science – the voice of scholars will be more and more audible in the future. Science is useful, and COVID-19 crisis revealed the significance of researchers’ work for coping with the challenges we face. During the past year the participation in international scientific events was realized remotely in general.

 

  1. For stimulating the youths’ scientific technical research, inventive and other innovative activities

A significant part of the Foundation’s work is related with holding competitions and contests, implementing of different forms of creativity through “live” competitions, exhibitions, schools and mass initiatives.  We earnestly paid efforts to keep most of them.

In the year of 2020 we worked successfully on the implementation of projects with schools and out-of-school institutions, our contacts with whom have been dating for years. The Pandemic did not stop the students of recognized interests towards technology; the competition of “Youths’ technical creation” was held once again in Gorna Oryahovitsa. Representatives of 4 vocational gymnasiums from the country won the first prizes. The winners were: the Club of Robotics at the Professional Gymnasium in Electrotechnics and Robotics “M.V.Lomonosov” – Gorna Oryahovista for their development “Mobile system for reading and analysis of the parameters of the surrounding environment”; the Professional Gymnasium in Electronics and Electrotechnis in Plovdiv with the development “Conductometer for measuring the conductivity of non-homogeneous materials”, the Professional Gymnasium    “Dimitar Talev” – Gotse Delchev for their project “Domestic waste management”, the Professional Gymansium “N. Vaptsarov” – Chepelare for their development “Telemetric system for driving of sports automobile in contests”. A special prize was awarded to “Robko SIII” – Plovdiv for a robot prototype. The competition was attended by students from 23 secondary schools from all over the country, students from the technical universities of Ruse, Varna, Gabrovo, the National Military University “V. Levski”- Veliko Tarnovo. Three young engineers demonstrated an acting robot of no analogue in Bulgaria.

The STEM strategy requires joint efforts of school management boards and teachers’ teams, NGOs and the business for achieving the set goals in the “Innovative Bulgaria” Program, and that will be our target in the present year.  Upon favorable development of the epidemiological situation in the country and failing of certain restrictions and prohibitions, we shall continue our work under the project with Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” on the organization and performance of national competition “Physics – Engineering – Technologies”; it is an element from the activities on the preparation of young teachers in natural sciences and the creative performance of secondary and higher students. The project has had a good start and its further development is forthcoming.

One of our competitions has already established traditions and a long history. It hardly has an analogue of a longer contesting in the students’ circles, except for the Olympics. The word goes for the competition “The Space – present and future of mankind”. In the last year its 22nd edition was realized. All of us have to pay due recognition to the personal engagement of the first Bulgarian cosmonaut Gen. Georgi Ivanov for the success of this event. Our assurance is, he has been acting as a magnet on the children, even only through his attendance in person and his catching stories on his personal experience during the preparation and his cosmic flight. Not to miss Ass. Prof. Tanya Ivanova, from whom the participants learned about the achievements of the Bulgarian science, some new experiments and concrete summits of the Bulgarian cosmic science. She, as chairperson of the jury, didn’t miss even the defenses to hint on some new ideas for project development, or turn the attention of the audience to even bigger objectivism, combined with the novelty of some new knowledge about the Cosmos and stars.

In spite of the Pandemics, the closed schools, art clubs, the imposed prohibitions on many out-of-class activities, in the year of 2020 the competition was attended by 930 students at the age of 8 – 18 with 910 projects in 5 topic sections. We are to emphasize, such results would be hardly achievable if not for the teachers’ support.

Section “Ideas for scientific and technical experiments” was attended by 7 students from Svishtov, Sofia and Stara Zagova. The specialized jury assessed and ranked the submitted projects based on criteria, including: topical orientation, contents and scientific novelty; personal participation in experiments; representation; response to questions.

Section “Models and mock-ups of cosmic objects” represented 38 mock-ups and models of 62 students from the whole country. Though the newest one, the Section of graphic creations made by computer support had already a 15-year history. The jury had the chance to review and evaluate many interesting and rather qualitatively elaborated projects, such as websites, computer games, mobile phone games, presentations, web-based developments of high research contents, dedicated to the endless Space.

The participation by computer drawings and collages is still growing. Ninety eight participants presented their developments and creations. The Literature Section exhibited 88 creations of 84 young authors. In the present year, quite justified, most participants were amongst the circles of young painters. Six hundred seventy nine young representatives from 94 schools and other out-of-school units had sent their pieces of arts.

All winners from the “Space” competition obtained diplomas and object prizes.

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Since the beginning of the school year, activities were commenced on the elaboration of the students’ projects at the individual schools for participation in international competitions and events.

Evrika Foundation provided juries, prizes for the winners, and diplomas for the participation of students and teachers. Regretfully, any personal attendance for performance of any out-of-class forms proved impossible. Cancelled also was the consecutive edition of the International Scientific Congress of Young Researchers, held annually in Saragossa, Spain, as part of the annual program of the International movement for leisure activities in science and technology (MILSET). From this program only the on-line events were preserved, as well as the 14th international competition for scientific photography headed “When arts meet science”.

We may responsibly state, we coped to reorganize our work quickly, and we are already helping the Bulgarian students to join the new forms of holding the international events of MILSET.

We are also trying to partake in other organized students events and to maintain the organization and performance of significant and already recognized undertakings. Such is the competition of the Ministry of Science and Education “Young talents”, and we have been supporting it because of our common goals and good practices in the preceding years; we are still its supporters by doing our best that the conditions of this contest will reach more schools and students.

We are grateful that the Ministry of Education and Science still considers us partners and entrusts us the organization for participation of some of the prize winners, the ones with application projects in the traditional exhibitions of MILSET and MILSET – Europe. The challenges of the very strange and unusual 2020, the changed style of life, did not prevent and cease the enthusiasm of more than 30 participants to represent 21 projects in fields such as biology, chemistry, informatics, engineering sciences, mathematics, medicine and physics.  This report should present the best ones having gained recognition in this national competition, as they are all part of Evrika Foundation’s big family as prize winners at scientific events and competitions, organized and held by and/or with the participation of the Foundation. The excellent project of Dimitar Chakarov from MG “Acad. Kiril Popov” – Plovdiv is developed within the frames of RSI – the traditional intensive six-week summer school for young scholars hosted by the Massachusetts Technological Institute. It is a part of the basic annual program of the Students Institute of Mathematics and Informatics. Another prize winner – Yordan Tsvetkov, also from MG “Acad. Kiril Popov”, has managed to construct a four-leg robot moving automatically supported by special neuron nets. His project is a continuation of the one that represented Bulgaria at the World Exhibition of MILSET in Abu Dhabi; its participation there was organized and realized by Evrika Foundation.  Nikolay Georgiev from SMG is author of an analysis in the sphere of biology. He represented the application of PRM1 – a gene which may improve the nature of animals. His project is developed under the tutorship of scholars from the Institute of Biology and Immunology with BAS and has been commenced as part of an activity under the “Education with science” Program.

Another big group of national events competitions are the ones organized together with the National Palace of Children. In the past year, despite the prohibition of out-of-class activities for most of the time, we managed to carry out the national student’s contest “Nature – our home” and the national students’ contests in avio modeling, auto modeling, ship modeling and rocket modeling. The contest “Nature – our home” was attended by more than 100 students from 1st to 12th class from Sofia, Krumovgrad, Shumen, Vratsa, Varna, etc.

In spite of the problems and restrictions imposed by COVID-19 crisis, with great professionalism, urgency, and thanks to the assistance of the Bulgarian Federation of Auto Modeling Sports, the Bulgarian Federation of Ship Modeling Sports, the Bulgarian Federation of Avio Modeling, in the months of July, August and September 2020 the national students’ contests in modeling sports were carried out. More than 200 children and students took part thereat, coming from personal development support centers, schools and modeling clubs from all over the country.

Our joint work with the National Palace of Children has been lasting for long. During the past years we have been expanding the range of our mutual undertakings. The Foundation has had contribution to the diversification of the forms of work at the Palace.  Some of the new ecological activities are now performed in two marvelous new “green” classrooms for outdoor learning, constructed after a joint project of the National Palace of Children and Evrika Foundation.

From the multiple activities with students, and when mentioning the work done for students’ inclusion in science and technology, due consideration should be paid to the big interest and wish for partaking in different ITs-related activities.  All initiatives on particpation in creative undertakings were met very well. Our work with the children from Haskovo worth noting. For one more successive year we carried out together with “Vale” computer school at exemplary people’s chitalishte “Zarya-1858”, Haskovo the large-scaled competition “Creativity without boundaries”.  During the last seven years the competition has been held under the patronage of the Bulgarian Euro commissioner Maria Gabriel. The last 11th edition in 2020 hosted 580 drawings, 340 collages and other 101 pieces of arts from abroad. The competition was also attended by young participants from Ukraine, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Russia. Here again there are already traditional participants from schools and universities. In this competition a group of children with special educational needs is established, which proved very useful for them. The newly established school with “Vale” club and the ongoing national and international successes of Haskovo school have had a very strong impact on children, provoking ambitions for dealing with programming, computer modeling and computer design. The novelty – the entering education in this club, is lego robotics. For this new project children obtained financing from the Foundation and extended the territory of activity of the Club on constructing with the National Polytechnic Museum; it was established and is still functioning thanks to the mutual work of Evrika Foundation and the National Polytechnic Museum.

We still continue our good joint work with the Bulgaria Physicists’ Union. Traditionally, the two organizations are organizers of the national conference on the matters of training in physics. In the past year the subject matter of the conference was dedicated to “The physics in the life and world around us”. Practically, this is an event not only of the students and their teachers, but also an opportunity for exchanging experience and practices by these physicists. This students’ conference became a part of the big conference on the subject of “Nuclear physics and energy sector in the education in physics”, tending the preparation of specialists for the nuclear energy sector. It also proved to provoke interest in professions traditionally in need of experts. The youths’ session represented 29 participants from 13 schools, 1 observatory, 1 higher school and 1 educational institution. As an achievement, it worth mentioning that the interest in physics starts its formation at a slightly earlier age. There are already participants in the students’ event from primary schools, having gained interest quite soon after having started to learn physics. Such pupils stood side by side with professors as reporters in front of the conference.

During the youths’ scientific session, the recognized participants in the national essay competition for secondary and higher schools were announced on the subject of “Prominent Bulgarian physicists”. The contest was attended by more than 100 students from primary and secondary schools and 1 observatory, as well as students from 4 universities. Impressive were the exceptional responsibility and profound investigations, by which the participants – students from the 5th class to academic students, approached the subject. “The characters”” of the essays were from different times, ages, spheres of physics – from the Bulgarian Renaissance to young Bulgarian scholars.  And one more thrill that worth mentioning – the young people dedicated many of the essays to their teachers who, according to them, worth the same recognition as the famous scholars and lecturers at the higher schools.

Turning to one large group of students from the vocational schools, we understand we are already in a debt. The most hard work with them is remote teaching, when the word goes about the acquisition of practical knowledge and skills. Their most successful form of participation is the youths’ scientific-technical exhibition – competition in Gorna Oryahovitsa, where we act as supporting organization. We are still backing the initiative, knowing it is useful for presenting the achievements of the young people, as a strata for exchanging of experience and novelties in vocational education, as well as for direct contacts between schools, teachers and students. Probably we are to pay more attention to the students from the higher education. We have to join our efforts with these of the scientific-technical unions and lecturers, to find out what incentives may be found, and to commence actions. Thereby we may bring more sense and achieve higher outcomes from the students’ practices and work with companies under real production conditions. A bridge thereto may be the students’ councils; we as an organization may support their professional manifestations. Our efforts may not be sufficient in the future if not succeeding to attract in these undertakings representatives from direct production branches and scientific communities.

A year ago we launched a project together with the Institute of Mechanics with BAS. In its essence, it also provided for work with students, making them see the attractiveness of science and the possibility for professional dedication and growth. The unforeseen circumstances did not allow us do this as well.

During the past year we realized one new initiative, together with the Bulgaria Physicists’ Union. We held a national forum for contemporary cosmic investigations in the period 21 – 22 October, 2020. It presented reports of young scholars from the country, discussed were also the National Strategy and the National Program on cosmic surveys in Bulgaria. The materials from the forum were published at the December issue of the Bulgarian Journal of Physics. Forthcoming is the publication of a special issue of “The world of physics”” magazine, which is to popularize scientific research works in the sphere of Cosmos in Bulgaria. The forum joined around the intention to complete the establishment and consolidate the network of researchers working in the field of cosmic studies in Bulgaria and the related education; to inform the target groups on performed surveys and their potential development upon starting and successful implementation of the National Program; to engage young researchers and support strengthening the connections between the groups in the country. The national forum for cosmic surveys presented the current status of the Space studies in the country. The ambition is, in the future it will serve as a platform for dialogue between the scientific research community, the business and the governmental structures, and the last but not lest – to attract, motivate and connect young scholars from the country, working on the Space problems.

There was one more initiative we joined in the last year. We became members of a cluster of 25 higher Bulgarian academic structures specialized in science, technologies, education and mathematics (STEM) and cosmic surveys, as well as NGOs and European mass media of multi-million audience.

In brief, what we managed to do in the universities. The biggest number of projects was implemented at Plovdiv University. We continue working within the frames of our agreement with the Machine Building Faculty of the Technical University, Sofia. In 2020 the 4th youths’ scientific conference “Machines, innovations, technologies – MIT 2020” was held.  It was attended by 39 authors, of whom 26 young scholars, PhD and other students with 32 papers. The diversity of subjects was significant: innovative products and technologies in machine building; ergonomic and industrial design; engineering logistics and construction and eco technics; industrial robots; materials and test methods; mechatronics; automation in engineering designing works and production; standardization and metrology; systems of data management and processing in machine building, mechatronic systems and automation equipment, as well as e major problems standing in front of logistics and engineering design.

In on-line format and in partnership with Association “Territorial organization of scientific-technical unions” with the Home of Science and Technology, Plovdiv” we held the autumn session of youths’ forum “Science, technologies, innovations, business 2020”.  It was joined by 42 youths – students, PhD students, young lecturers from higher educational institutions and young experts from the practice. They represented scientific developments in the sphere of aviation, machine building, electric equipment, agriculture, food technologies, the business and entrepreneurship. 31 reports were delivered.

For years Evrika Foundation is amongst the organizers of the national students’ Olympics in mathematics. In 2020 its host was the University of Economics, Varna. Because of the problems related with COVID-19 and the inability of universities to comprise and send their teams for participation in person at the event, a decision was taken that the final stage of the students’ Olympics will be postponed; it will be carried out in 2021.

We continue to use our contacts with the former and present scholarship students, to motivate them to participate in international and national programs, events and activities of our partnering organizations and of the educational institutions with which we have common interests and common partnerships. Here are the international competition on programming CodeIT; the 24th edition of the national prize “Student of the year”; the competition for inventors; the international exhibition “Smart Cities 2020”; the exhibition “Inventions, transfer, innovations”, a 3-month training program for young talents in the sphere of software development of Mentor Mate DevCamp, etc.  For one more time we took active participation in the information campaign and the nominations of candidates for the prestigious competition for the “John Atanasov” awards of the President Mr. Rumen Radev. Once more our students were amongst the distinguished participants.

We are proud of these achievements, considering them an indirect recognition for the overall activity of the Foundation during the already past 31 years; though, we are especially proud of the fact that the newly established prize “Inspirer and creator of talents” was awarded by the Head of State to the Chairman of the Board of Evrika Foundation acad. Kiril Boyanov.  On this occasion it was explicitly emphasized that the Foundation had rendered support to more than 2 700 pupils and students by scholarships, as well as to over 1 500 young people for their participation in scientific forums or for specializations in scientific centers and companies.

We are still amongst the organizers of many scientific events for young scholars and experts. Together with the Bulgaria Scientific-Technical Union in Construction we organized and carried out students’ session within the frames of the 11th jubilee international conference “Designing and construction of buildings and facilities  DCB’2020”. Scientific reports were delivered thereat not only by scholars and experts from the branch of construction, but also by students from universities specialized in the education of experts for the construction branch.

During the reported year we took part once more in the organization of the 11th edition of the “Exhibition of inventions, transfer and innovations ETI’ 2020”. This is useful meeting of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovation intermediaries, electioneers, manufacturers, students, pupils and patent experts personally dedicated to the development of the different branches of economy and science and trying to connect their activities with innovations. It is also a contest of innovators, as well as an experimental market for their intellectual products. Project partners were the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Agricultural Academy and the Scientific-Technical Unions’ Federation. The exhibition was held in the period 14 – 19 September 2020 during the International Fair Plovdiv. The program of the exhibition included round tables, seminars and workshops to discuss problematic issues connected with the successful development of inventors, innovators and electioneers under OP “Innovations and competitiveness”, as well as new amendments in the normative base related with the protection of intellectual property rights.

One of the most significant and popular competitions we organized were those for the Evrika prizes, awarded for high achievements in science, young manager, inventor, and farmer. These have been held for many years, and in certain sense are a symbol of our performance. Most of them have a long record of history and traditions. They were held for 31st time for manager, 30th time for inventor and farmer and for high achievements in science for 25th successive year.

For the year 2020 the Evrika prize for high achievements in science was awarded to Ana Koleva. She gained the joint prize of Evrika Foundation and the Bulgaria Scholars’ Union for the excellent defense of her thesis “Synthesis and chemical transformations of coumarine products”. The obtained results provide grounds for further research, in view of the performance of targeted synthesis of new coumarines with pharmacological activity.

Winner of the young inventor prize for 2020 is Elena Krachmarova. She works as a chemist at the Molecular Biology Institute “Acad. Rumen Tsanev”, BAS, and is a PhD student by correspondence after the scientific specialty of “Molecular biology”. She excellently defended her PhD thesis on the subject of “Expression and properties of the human interferon-gamma and its mutant analogues”, for which she won the joint prize of Evrika Foundation and the Bulgaria Scholars’ Union for high achievements in science. She has partaken in the development of 12 projects. Her studies are focused on the potential therapeutic application of the human interferon-gamma and its mutants inclined to aggregation. The Evrika prize was awarded to Elena Krachmarova as co-author of the invention “Anti-gamma mutant protein against the endogen human gamma interferon”.

The Evrika prize 2020 for young manager was granted in recognition of Miroslav Miroslavov. The prize winner had started his managerial development as head of 10 people’s teams. In 2015, together with his colleague he established the software company OfficeRnD, oriented to the management of flexible working spaces, which is one of the world leaders in the category. At the time being OfficeRnD, whose Executive Director and founder Miroslav Miroslavov is, employs more than 70 people in Sofia, London and Atlanta. The company services more than 700 clients from all over the world, who use the company’s software on an everyday basis.  The company has managed to attract investments from international funds at the amount of more than USD 4 mill. Its revenues for the year of 2020 exceed USD 4,8 mill. The firm is amongst the leaders at the world market in the relevant niche. In 2020 the company managed to attract more than 200 new clients from all over the world, and its plans for 2021 include opening of a branch office in Australia, expansion of the team up to 130 people, and attracting of very serious capitals from international investors.

Miroslav Miroslavov was awarded the “Young Manager” 2020 prize for: the development of global business with a clear focus; exceptional growth in support of the business; skillful combining and development of specialized (software) and managerial competencies.   

The Evrika 2020 prize for “Young Farmer” was awarded to Viktor Gitchev. At the time being Viktor Gitchev’s farm keeps 161 female animals from the Simental breed. Viktor Gitchev has been implementing his successful agricultural project which is in conformity with the adopted ecologic and technological norms on cows’ breeding and produced milk’s quality.   Viktor Gitchev’s farm cultivates 450 ha. rented land, producing the major part of folders thereon. The average milk productivity of the herb exceeds 8 200 l, and the average daily milk quantity obtained is between 26 – 28 l. Its production finds fast and easy realization.

The Evrika prizes make their winners exemplary models to follow. We try to popularize their achievements, style of work, and views on development. We have been tracking their development, to provide them support when needed.

To that end, we have been using also the expertise of the consultative cabinets for protection of intellectual property rights in respect of some legal matters on the organization and functioning of companies and NGOs, the possibilities for even more full-value utilization of new equipment and computer technologies. Only in the past year the cabinet on protection of intellectual property rights has rendered more than 125 free consultations on the above matters.

Through the consultation cabinet, which is also an official patent trustee of Evrika Foundation, in 2020 we obtained permission for registration of the trademarks of our biggest contests.

We pay great attention to the popularization of the achievements of young people when connected with authorship and personal outcomes. There are, and not small, restrictions standing in front of the publication of our activities in the mass media. If not by such publications, we would have faced difficulties in reaching and delivering popular information on activities and events, and we are grateful for the support we receive from the mass media.

Here is the time to mention another project of ours, which we are proud of and often greeted on its occasion. The word goes about the mass media project with the National Radio – “Hristo Botev” program. Through it, we have access to the national auditorium, thus we present the new characters of our new age who have gained recognition and achieved high outcomes, irrespective of the place they learn or work at. In the last year 24 Evrika editions were prepared and broadcasted. They presented projects and activities of talented and successful young Bulgarians, their realization and development all over the world and in Bulgaria, and the grounds for their success.

 

 For supporting the dissemination of natural-scientific, technical and economic knowledge and information  

In continuation of our presentation of the work done during the reported period, we have to mention the realized possibilities for dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. They are among the basic ones in the “Information, editions, events” program. The partnerships and projects permit us find untraditional and unconventional paths and means, outside the already communicated ones above in this report. Here is the place to emphasize our work with and at the National Polytechnic Museum. With this institution we have many things in common. The most important object of influence for us, as well as for the Museum, are the children and youths. One and the same is the manner of intertwining approaches and impacts to knowledge and sophistication. The training program in the Museum is successfully combined with our forms of creation and presentation. Sometimes it’s interesting to trespass the barrier, to be constructor and programmer, and not just an observer. This was the idea of ours when establishing the foundations of our common Lego club 4 years ago. The easiest learning is through play and acquiring of new knowledge, comparing of technical solutions – such adopted years ago and nowadays. Very often the tasks were born from the surrounding expositions, and the solutions were found there again. We consider it a success of ours when managing to combine the new knowledge with the historical prominent figures in the Bulgarian science and technology. We have an idea for a contest, to stimulate the research work amongst students, to provoke their interest in finding curious artefacts, to initiate school collections, and even enrich the museum’s funds.  We may also track through students’ surveys the development of professions, especially those with Bulgarian roots. Probably the application thereto of the STEM-related knowledge would be appropriate. Normally, most of our events for and with children may be transferred at the museum. The “Technitarche” newsletter may be more oriented to the presentation of historical personalities. This edition represents in an accessible form and in a popular language presents the diverse activity of the museum, its exposition, temporary exhibitions, educational programs and projects, selected samples from its collections. In 2020 “Technitarche” was published in 6 issues – topical and of collection nature, addressing children and youths with different interests in the sphere of science, technics and technologies. The issues were dedicated to events from the history of science and technology, and jubilees related with names from the world and Bulgarian science having influenced further development. The sequences “It’s your turn!” (students edition), “Do you know that?”, “Nature, science, technologies’, “In the world of science”, “After the Bulgarian trace” were continued. An emphasis was put on acquainting the readers’ auditorium with amusing tasks and interesting experiments from the field of physics and chemistry. The newsletter continued to popularize the prized participants in the national competitions. The edition is of interest for more specialized auditorium too, including school teachers. In addition, it is issued in electronic format.

Similar are the goals we have been realizing together with the Bulgarian Scholars’ Union, in conformity with the characteristics of the auditorium of the “Science” magazine. The column “Youths’ tribune” occupies a special place in the magazine. The major purpose of this long-term and very successful project is to stimulate and support the interest towards science and the professional realization in the sphere of science, innovations and education of young scholars and lecturers, PhD students, students and pupils. By providing an opportunity to the young people to publish their works in an authoritative scientific journal, indexed by UNION RAN and enlisted in the national reference list of contemporary Bulgarian scientific editions of scientific reference.

NACID, which stimulates creativity and creative presentations of young people, support their pieces of invention and analytical thinking. Upon the preparation of publications, young authors acquire skills and culture in dealing with sources of scientific information, written presentation of the results from their scientific developments. and presentation of scientific apparatus according to the requirements of a scientific magazine. The high quality of articles approved for publication is evidenced also by the fact that the manuscripts, proposed for publication at “Science” magazine, are subjected to double reference. The rubric provides tribune to the opinions of young scholars on significant matters related with the problems of Bulgarian science, higher education and innovations. It also publishes information on projects supported by Evrika Foundation and presents the distinguished participants thereof. Useful is also the topical information on youths’ scientific presentations, on distinguished young people. Through publishing the papers of secondary school students, their scientific culture is stimulated, as well as their interest in natural and engineering sciences, promoted are their further education and professional development in the sphere of research, lecturing, and innovations.

According to current data on the distribution of scholars per age groups in Bulgaria, only 21% of research workers are at an age under 35, which shows that if thinking for the scientific potential of our country, we have to attract more young people to scientific career, related with their constant career development. The establishment of a new generation of talented scholars, engineers, inventors who are to work for the achievement of competitive economy based on knowledge, the advantage of technologies and skills, and building of society based on knowledge, the progress of technologies and innovations, are incorporated  in a number of national and European documents.

Provided hereunder is one more confirmation of the fact that the Bulgaria Scholars’ Union has always met positively every new innovation in support of young talents, including through the “Science” magazine. In 2020 the magazine published: 7 scientific papers of young scholars, secondary school, higher and PhD students recognized through the activity of the Foundation; 9 informative articles on youths’ scientific conferences, competitions, projects and prizes; 2 essays from the contest for scholarships by name, and 1 essay from the competition of Evrika Foundation dedicated to the Space; other 10 papers of secondary school and academic students, teachers, lecturers and scientific tutors having partaken in the contests organized by us.

We should like to express our gratitude to our best media partner – the “Az buki” newsletter. Its pages provide information on our Foundation’s undertakings, but also are a meeting place for young scholars and experts – prize winners.

Through this newsletter, which goes to every school and university, we popularize and recognize scholarships, projects and initiatives.

We should express our gratitude to one of the few university newspapers “New technical vanguard” of the Technical University, Sofia with which we have been partnering for long. We are happy to state we have always met understanding and readiness for support, especially when popularizing information about their students, successful initiatives and achievements of students and young scholars from the universities.

 

Participation in international educational, nature-scientific and technical programs and projects and international youths scientific-technical cooperation

For many years we have been developing an international activity of diverse and reach events. Usually the students and young scholars have searched by themselves for possibilities and have organized their international participation in scientific forums and other programs and projects. Younger pupils needed help and support for their inclusion in the activities of international and foreign national organizations. Useful proved also the international contacts of the Foundation. All over the world and in Europe there are already many international organizations which organize activities in our subject spheres. The biggest one is MILSET (International movement for leisure activities in science  and technology). We have been its members for 29 years now, i.e. having joined it soon after its foundation.  It represents more than 100 countries, and the member organizations are disseminated on all continents. Because of their big number, their initiatives increased significantly and federalization was necessitated, which made the structure of the organization more complicated; the mutual events were significantly increased in number and were grouped on a regional principle. So MILSET-Europe was found, which in the past years oriented its activity to the European policies on work with young people and development of science and technologies. In these two structures our organization is still the only Bulgarian organization, which makes our responsibility even greater. The problems arising from the Pandemics profoundly changed the international program, and many of the planned events failed.  In spite of the big wish of the organizers from Spain, the Pandemics hindered many of the traditional MILSET events. Anyway, together with our international partners we managed to hold several on-line events, providing chances to the young people for sharing ideas, plan and commence future joint projects.

In the last year the annual Day of Science was celebrated in school, as reported above. This time the subject was “Study of colors”. The 16th European Day of Youths’ Science was celebrated on 12 March 2020.

For 14th time the scientific photo competition took place, as a synthesis of science and art, aiming to provide freedom of action for presentation of young people, to express through photos their observations in science. This is one more chance for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) through: study of the visual aspects of STEAM through the arts and science of photography; shooting of images, demonstrating and communicating STEAM concepts and statements; application of STEAM techniques upon making digital photos. The competition was attended by Bulgarian participants, though this time there were no prize winners, as in its previous editions; there we have won the big prize twice.  A collection of STEAM photos will be created, made by youths from all over the world, which will be used in the activities and events of MILSET and its member organizations.

In the year of 2020 we maintained our traditionally good cooperation with different institutions and organizations. This is a policy which we shall continue and develop further.

Amongst our associates, the first place is still occupied by the Ministry of Education and Science and its units, as we are naturally related with them.  We have always met and still meet their support and understanding, even in the complicated situation during the past year at the schools and universities. Our long-term joint activity with the National Palace of Children provides us grounds to consider it may become a creative laboratory for the development of concepts and plans, supporting the work of everyone of us, and we confirm our readiness for participation in such activity.

With the universities, we may also rely on our experience with Plovdiv University and the Technical University, Sofia where the achieved outcomes are very good, upon joining the efforts and capabilities of the academic management, students’ councils and certain NGOs possessing capacities and experience in the field. Such joint efforts, and with our participation, proved to be useful and resultative.

The necessity for joint action with the business is felt even stronger. We have our grounds for such, and are looking for it.

Our direct work strongly needs joining of efforts. The business is the one which may exactly determine trends and directions, and provide support as well.  We have a scholarship program thanks to “M+C Hydraulik” AD, Kazanlak, who are our donators for years, basically providing scholarships for students from the secondary schools and the universities. We may provide examples of the ways in which our organization and the MTC may be useful upon searching of concepts and technical solutions in different spheres of production, especially in the cases of small engineering and technical staff in small companies, of attracting the societies of young scholars and students for solving of existing production problems, especially connected with digitalization and implementation of new technologies. These contacts may be fruitful also for stimulating and employment of specialists.

Several years ago we became founders of the cluster “Sofia – city of knowledge”. It is a voluntary association of leading scientific, development and training organizations and companies from Sofia, interested in mutual activity and long-term cooperation in the economy based on knowledge. We form a part of a big family of companies and organizations mainly from the sphere of modern technologies. We partook through the cluster in the implementation of one of the emblematic for Bulgaria projects – “Media Motor Europe” under “Horizon 2020” Program. It is related with solving of challenges in media and creative industries through the application of innovative technological solutions. The project is implemented with partners from 5 European countries. There will be established and positioned 1 of totally 4 Innovation hubs planned for Europe.

 With the annual report for the year 2020, we clad the next consecutive “brick unit” in the construction of Evrika Foundation. It proved the foundations are strong and not shaken by storms and crises. This is a hard task, though the present time is not easy for anybody, nowhere. The direction is clear, and we should be organized, for the sake of development, and mobilized, to commence our further steps.

We have to bring our contribution to the development of the strategy of alterations in conformity with the new age. This is the only way we shall have the chance to become a part of the serious changes in the development of the country, for a new content of education on the basis of STEM reorganization, to permit all-around digitalization of all branches of public development through the introduction of innovations, high criteria on the preparation of specialists, and achieving quick pace of development. In all this we have our tasks and possibilities to ensure mobilization of existing powers and resources. We have already done it, and will do it together.