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Now without tea: the new President of the Academy of Sciences abolished a century-old tradition

Теперь - без чая: новый президент Академии Наук отменил столетнюю традицию

With the arrival of the new President of the RAS, physics Alexander Sergeyev, the life and order in the Academy began to change. First to fall and the tradition of drinking tea during meetings of academics.

Of the invisible changes in the Russian Academy of Sciences, the traditions and consensus as well as about what will now drink the members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, informs Indicator.Ru.

With the arrival of the new President of the RAS, physics Alexander Sergeyev, the Academy slowly started to change. About the inevitable changes Sergeev wrote in his election program and spoke in public speeches, so that no surprises happened. The Academy will cooperate with the authorities, to participate in the legislation, to change your status. The wounds will be more open: the meeting of the Presidium will be held every two weeks and even broadcast on the Internet. So all the members of the Academy will be able to see what the presidency. There are more subtle and less noticeable changes. One of them touched the tea. Anyone who at least once attended a meeting of the Presidium of RAS on Leninsky Prospekt, 14, probably noticed that after the beginning of performances in the hall started to carry the cups of tea. Someone surprised themselves transparent glasses in the coasters, some scientists stirring the sugar, tapping teaspoons and several interfering speakers (at least so it seems from the outside).

“Corinthian columns, a painted ceiling and a huge chandelier, however, not endeared guests to the aristocratic politeness: tea glasses with coasters, for example, began rapidly to make during the speech of the speaker — the member-correspondent of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute of USA and Canada Sergei Mikhailovich Rogov. The first theses of the report “untapped potential of science as a threat to national security” was sounded to the accompaniment of vigorous tapping spoon on glass of unsweetened tea is absolutely not followed the disappointing statistics” — seven years ago a meeting of the Presidium of the RAS described in his blog invited researcher at the University Rhine-Waal, the correspondent of Department of science Gazetyi in 2009-2013 Alexander Borisov.

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The tradition of tea parties during the meetings of the Academy appeared at Alexander Karpinska, which in 1917 became the first elected President of the Academy. “On the second day after the fall of the Winter the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Petrovich Karpinsky was invited to “tea” two of his colleagues: academician Vladimir Andreevich Steklov and permanent Secretary of the Academy, Sergei Andreyevich Oldenburg. Business tea party — it was new for the Russian Academy of Sciences the tradition of democratic confidential meetings, Karpinsky introduced in 1917 and survived until now,” says the writer Yuri Borev in the book “Peter” from the series “Life of remarkable people”.

Теперь - без чая: новый президент Академии Наук отменил столетнюю традицию

 

 

“In the round hall were members, professors, academicians. Room is furnished with Viennese furniture. Seated at a long table; Karpinski sits at a small table, in the chair; beside him Fyodorov. It will be logged. Litvinov enters with a samovar. The tea party certainly accompanies the sessions; custom wound Karpinsky and never broken. On the table vases with biscuits, bagels, sugar bowl,” wrote Yakov Kumok in the book “Karpinsky” from the series “Life of remarkable people”. It describes the meeting of the Geological Committee, which took place long before Karpinski led the Academy.

In the last hundred years, the tea and the Academy are inextricably linked, and the academician Karpinsky tea is very respected. “…All academics knew each other, knew each other and their wives, and children, families exchanged visits — regardless of the field paleontologist was friends with a linguist, a mathematician, a historian. At the General meeting agreed as a family celebration, and he, the President, felt the head of the academic clan, a Patriarch; no accident that he loved to arrange meetings at home, with a Cup of tea,” continues Kumok.

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At the last meeting of the Presidium of RAS tea brought. The meeting began, but there was no hurry to deliver traditional and colorful glasses. Instead, the tables were a neutral mineral water.

Scientific Director of the Institute of Oceanology named after P. P. Shirshov Robert Nigmatulin, who in the second stage of the elections for the presidency of the RAS fought for the right to become head of the Academy against Alexander Sergeyev, said that is not worth very much to worry about tea, although he would have the tradition of drinking tea maintained. “It’s a trifle, of course, in comparison with all events. But I’m generally a supporter of the preservation of traditions. This is a penny business, tea with crackers, do not even cookies. I would have kept it. In General, the tradition is more the case, especially, I think, they age-old already. But this is not a problem that should very actively by the public to be discussed,” he said.

The press service of the Academy explained what had happened to tea. “Tea will not. So decided the new President,” he told them. During the election campaign, Alexander Sergeyev has repeatedly said that the work of the Bureau should be changed. The new head of the RAS stated that the Academy should strive for “consensus”. And he was found even in respect of tea. “We have a lot of people, and it’s uncomfortable, no give, nothing. Tea there, but we have in the lobby, in the hallway, and please, who needs that fit, or before or after the meeting of the Presidium can drink tea”, — said the press service.

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