Professor Michael Manakov
of Chemical Technology
The ideas of biopolitics are now widespread among scientists and statesmen of all countries including Russia. The founding of the International University for the Bio-Environment (I.U.B.E.) and the propagation of biopolitics' ideas among youth, especially students, are now becoming the most important directions of the Biopolitics International Organisation's activities. At the same time, we think that the process of learning the basics of biopolitics could and must be included in the framework of existing educational systems in all countries.
Our first experiment showed that students are very interested in environmental problems: some wanted to become specialists in this field and others wanted their professional work in some way to be connected with the problems of environmental protection.
In March 1992, students studying the basics of humanities were able to attend lectures given by the Founder and President of the B.I.O., Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, and Professor Rusen Keles from Ankara University. The speakers were asked many questions and had a very lively discussion about biopolitical problems with our students. Our guests also met with teachers and members of the scientific staff of the humanities faculty and the faculty of industrial ecology. The lectures of these leading specialists and enthusiasts of biopolitics were received with great interest.
For the last several years, the problems of environment and development of non-wasteful technology became very important and urgent in Russia. In many regions of Russia, environmental pollution has become a very serious problem. One of the ways to change the current situation is an active biotechnological influence which can help carry out recultivation of land, make dangerous pollutants harmless and finally replace dangerous production plants with less and less dangerous ones. All these activities are considered to be environmental biotechnology.
We consider that the right of bios to exist in optimal conditions and to continue must become the first principle in evaluating all new technological processes in industry and also in agriculture. Only the restoration of natural eco-bioprocesses in every manner can guarantee the survival of humanity and provide the possibility to live in harmony with nature.
Thus, the ideas of biopolitics are not only being accepted by students, but they have also come to form a real basis for their practical activity with members of scientific groups.
Finally, it is important to emphasize that the foundation of the I.U.B.E. is very timely and plays a special role in the system of world ecological education. We are sure that biopolitics and bio-environment must become one of the most important elements in the human perspective. For this reason these branches of science must play a major role in all educational programs. The role of the I.U.B.E. is not only in the propagation of these ideas by direct education–but also more importantly–in the methodological guidance and coordination of efforts of all universities and institutes in the world in disseminating the ideas of biopolitics among youth, students, and scientists of all nations.
Professor Pavel Sarkisov has been Rector of D.I. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, since 1985. A Chemical Engineer, specialising in silicon industry, he received his Ph.D. from Mendeleyev University and subsequently served as junior and senior scientific fellow and professor on the faculty. He has published over 300 scientific papers and patents in the field of chemical technology and his current scientific interests lie in the fields of physical chemistry, technology of crystal glass materials and industrial environmental problems. Winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Ukraine, Professor Sarkisov is also Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of the Mendeleyev Chemical Society, Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and Council Member of the American Institute of Chemistry.