Activities of the Grantees
19/06/2018 15:44

Presentation of the project “Between East and West. Iranian and French authors about 19th century Georgia”

Presentation of the results of the project “Between East and West. Iranian and French authors bout 19th century Georgia”, funded by SRNSFG in frames of the Fundamental research grant held on June 18, 2018. Project participants outlined that the works belonging to 35 French and 63 Iranian authors, have been translated with relevant comments. Translations have been published on the web page of Ilia State University, section - Giorgi Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies. Participants of the project discussed scientific articles titled "Between East and West. Iranian and French authors about 19 th century Georgia” as well as several publications and articles published in frames of the project.  
13/06/2018 16:38

"Extraction and analysis of natural food colorants from local agro-industrial waste materials"

On June 12, 2018, at 14:00, at Petre Melikishvili Institute of Physical and Organic Chemistry of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, was held a presentation of the results of the project "Extraction and analysis of natural food colorants from local agro-industrial waste materials", winner of the 2016 Call for Fundamental Grants. Speakers introduced to the attending audience the results of the research carried out within the project. Specifically, in the framework of the project were developed the modern extraction procedures, quantitative analysis methods, and a multistage laboratory technological scheme to obtain natural colorants in powder form from agro-industrial waste materials.
08/06/2018 16:44

‘Scholarly Edition of the 19th-20th Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’

Scientific Project ‘Scholarly Edition of the 19 th -20 th  Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’ is being implemented since 2010 with the close cooperation of Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature and National Center of Manuscripts. In 2016, the project obtained a grant of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation for the third time. On the basis of the project, the Ph.D. program ‘Textual scholarship and editorial studies’ was created which in 2016 won in the call for the development of structured Ph.D. programs. On June 7, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted the presentation of the books: ‘Scholarly Edition of the 19 th -20 th  Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’ (Volume VIII) and textbook ‘Textual scholarship’, prepared within the above-mentioned projects (Principal Investigator Ketevan  Gigashvili). In the framework of the first project, scientific investigation of Georgian writers' personal letters and the scholarly edition is being implemented in Georgia for the first time. The 8th volume, like the previous 7 volumes, was dedicated to Grigol Orbeliani's letters. Poet’s 727 epistles have already been issued in the edition, 325 of which have been published for the first time and 156 letters have been dated. The textbook ‘Textual scholarship’ reflects the current level of development of this field, the terminological differences between the schools of textual scholarship of different countries, both traditional and the latest research methods and technologies, the aspects of the use of fundamental textual researches and the perspectives of development of the textual scholarship. The scientists highlighted the contribution of these editions to the development of the field.  
31/05/2018 16:44

Trialeti – Cultural and Historical Heritage, Ancient Sources and Perspectives of Research

On May 30, 2018, at the Georgian National Museum was held the presentation of the scientific work “Trialeti – Cultural and Historical Heritage, Ancient Sources and Perspectives of Research” funded in the framework of the fundamental research project of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. Authors of the book are: G. Narimanashvili; N. Shanshashvili; M. Kvachadze. Book will be useful for scientists interested in archeology, and history of Georgia and Caucasus. This scientific work will raise level of awareness and knowledge of local multi – ethnical population. Work can be economically helpful for region, as it popularizes historic pieces of cultural heritage. Books were distributed among audience and will also be provided for people living in Municipality of Trialety, since they supported authors significantly in the process of field practices.
30/05/2018 13:50

“Soviet Utopian Theories and First Textbooks of General Linguistics”

On May 29, 2018, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted the three book presentations, published in frame of the fundamental research grant “Soviet Utopian Theories and First Textbooks of General Linguistics”  funded by LEPL- Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. Prof Tinatin Bolkvadze- author of the book titled “The tringle of soviet linguistics: Niko Marr; I. Stalin, Arnord Chokobava” mentioned that the book contains utopian theories and first textbooks of the linguistics created during the soviet time. The books contain materials from the Soviet archives of the linguistics and unifies historical background and confrontation during that time”. “Giorgi Akhvlediani’s publication titled “Introduction to linguistics 1918-1919” was also published in frame of the funded project as well as the book “History of the Soviet linguistics: archival materials”.
30/05/2018 10:47

30th meeting of European Academy of Children Disability

On May 29, in hotel „Hotels & Preference Hualing Tbilisi” was held 30 th meeting of European Academy of Children Disability. The slogan of congress is “together we are stronger”, in order to emphasize the meaning of reinforcing strengths between European and Georgian values. In convivial opening ceremony participated presidents of  European Academy Of Children Disability and International Alliance Of Academies Of  Childhood Disabilities: professor Giovanni Cioni (Italy) and professor Hans Fossberg (Belgium), the president of 30 th annual meeting of EACD professor Nana Tatishvili (Georgia),  and deputy of  minister of Labour, Health & Social Affairs of Georgia Maia Lagvilava. Main issues of the congress are how to discover childhood disability state causes, identification and evidence-based management. Format is interactive, it considers sharing of modernized management systems. During conference on May 29 th , 7 instructional courses, 14 parallel sessions and 3 keynote lectures  were carried out, presented by professor Hans Fossberg (Sweden),  professor Federico Vigevano (Italy) and professor Rudolf Korinthenberg (Germany). EACD2018 hosts up to 500 attendees from 45 different countries. The conference ends on 31 st May. The web page is  //
30/05/2018 09:41

“The modern Visual art and the Society “

On May 29, 2018 at 14:30 G. Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation hosted the scientific conference dedicated to 100 th anniversary of Independence of Georgia. In the framework of the scientific conference, was held presentation of the book “Modern Visual art and the Society”, funded by MA research grants of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. The author of the book is Mariam Mikadze-MA of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
22/05/2018 15:48

Human Genome and Health – The First International Conference in Georgia

On May 19-20, 2018 Tbilisi State Medical University and Georgian Society of Medical Genetics and Epigenetics organized the International Conference – “Human Genome and Health” from May 19-20, 2018 in Courtyard by Marriott, Tbilisi, Georgia. The conference was funded by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. The aim of the Conference was to provide the targeted audience with the latest scientific advancements on the respective field and to share the modern technologies and experience in the fields of medical genetics. It is noteworthy that the leading field experts from Georgia and the whole world participated in the Conference including the KU Leuven University (Belgium); Cardiff University (the UK) Mayo Clinic, (USA); University of Scripps (USA); Lund University (Sweden); Stanford University (USA); Radblaud University (the Netherlands); Yerevan University (Armenia) etc. The conference consisted of five plenary sessions, focusing on important topics such as:  Problems related to the use of modern medical genetic tests in the healthcare system;  Screening of the genetics of population, namely the receptive diseases of the population, as well as the method of assessing the medical genetic tests that are often used in the field of health care to evaluate positive and negative genetic tests; Ethical problems in the medical genetics, in particular, the problems of management (incidental / secondary findings) of unexpectedly resulting sequencing;  The role of genome diagnosis to determine rare chromosomal anomalies; use of Artificial intelligence in the evaluation of rare genetic diseases; Current research in Georgia concerning the genetics of the tumor and epigenetics;  hereditary thrombophilia and personalized medicine in Georgia; The role of genetic factors of spontaneous abortion in Georgia; The role of further generation sequencing applications in C hepatitis elimination program in Georgia etc. The workshop was another part of the conference: (Face2Gene) use of artificial intelligence in clinical practice in diagnosing rare genetic diseases. At the conference, Face2Gene program was introduced with the audience, which enables to provide information about patients’ photographs and clinical information in the portal and provides an opportunity to diagnose patients with dysmorphic signs using phenotypic information. At the end of the conference, the awarding ceremony of the winner students participating in the essay competition related to DNA day was held.
18/05/2018 16:32

“Medieval Georgian Literacy in the Christian East and Byzantium”

On May 17, 2018 at 16:00, the National Center for Manuscripts hosted the presentation of the final results of the project funded by SRNSFG titled “Medieval Georgian Literacy in the Christian East and Byzantium”. Participants presented the research findings and implemented activities during the project. The catalog contains information about the Georgian manuscripts kept in antique Georgia, created in the X-XVIII centuries, or kept in the monastery centers of the Christian East and the Byzantine monasteries: Old Palestine, Bitvina, Eaton, Constantinople, Antioch and Balkan regions. There are photos of one or two manuscripts from abroad, describing short description, the wills, notes regarding the place and first sources of the manuscripts, authors etc. The introduction of the publication answers the question: how did the particular manuscripts appear in Georgia and how did they become the part of museums and libraries? The publication is a valuable work for Georgian and foreign researchers, for Byzantinists and Orientalists, medieval manuscripts as well as for the research related to the monastery and literacy centers and will enable the readers to learn about medieval literacy, old manuscripts and history.
15/05/2018 09:28

Final presentation of project

Traditional   Agriculture  and Prospects for the Development of the Georgian Village ( Historical - Ethnographic  Study of  Kakheti Region) Traditional agriculture in Kakheti and its different fields has developed in compliance with the region’s geoclimatic zoning (plain, foothill, mountain).  Wrong agricultural policy in Georgia in the 1990s dramatically slowed rural development; consequently, the rural infrastructure in Kakheti was destroyed, irrigation systems and physical infrastructure were disrupted, prices for agricultural materials and tools went up, etc. The 20-year period of institutional reforms could not create favorable social and economic environment for rural development. Today the small and medium-sized farming are mainly developing in Kakheti.Some of the farmers use old technics and traditional methods, some utilize modern technologies. At present farmers' cooperation which is rather important for the development of separate agricultural sectors is at a slow pace, though showing an increasing trend. Due to the unique geo-climatic conditions, Kakheti can become a serious manufacturer and competitive exporter of bioproduction on the foreign market. The government’s incorrect strategy of agricultural land distribution seriously hinders the development of agriculture. At the same time, there  is a low level of production and management, poorly treated arable lands and pastures, lack of affordable technology, poor quality seeds, absence of veterinary laboratories, etc. Agriculture in Kakheti  is experiencing a lack of qualified personnel; however, the existence of agricultural vocational colleges gives a perspective to overcome this drawback. The project results have both theoretical and practical value. It will provide the theorists and practitioners of the relevant fields with the necessary information and create a theoretical basis for state organizations to devise a strategy for rural development.