Activities of the Grantees
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.
10/05/2018 10:19

Study and protection of Colhic Forest Genetic Resources

,,Study and protection of Colhic Forest Genetic Resources“- the three-year project was finished, which has been financed in the frame of State Grants for Fundamental Research 2014. For the first time, in the framework of project inventory of rare and endangered woody species spread in the Adjara region was carried out according to the traditional and modern methods. The data base was established, maps of habitats and web-site ( were prepared in two languages: in Georgian and in English. In the process of the research 5 district of high conservation value were revealed and recommendations according to IUCN were prepared to correct The Red List of Georgia. On the basis of the research information about rare and endangered woody species has been updated. These plants are very important, because they are relict and endemic species of Colhic forest and at the same time they represent the unique elements of biodiversity.  
07/05/2018 21:41

Dedicated to 105 Anniversary of the Museum

Exhibition “From Colonial to the National Museum-1913-2018” is the part of scientific research grant of Shota Rustaveli National foundation. It aims to show the reinterpreted and renovated display of the artifacts in the Museum, showing the different periods of the development and artistic tendencies, based to the new research materials. The Unique artifacts and archive materials will be on display in the various spaces of the Museum and will tell the controversial and interesting story of the Museum from the Russian Imperial Policy to the period of Independency.  The exhibition is enriched with the new materials and thematically unifies not only temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, but also the library, the educational space, lobby and garden of the Museum. The objects are presented in the chronological range and show history of the Museum from the period of the establishment of Caucasian Handicrafts Museum and Handicrafts Museum (1899-1913), to the periods of Georgian Democratic Republic (1918-1921), Georgian Socialist republic (1921-1991) and period of Independency (1991-till today). In that period, beside the political/ ideological changes, wars, difficulties, the museum preserve and saved most of it`s collections and turned from the Colonial to the National Museum.  
07/05/2018 21:40

The Georgian State Museum of Folk and Applied Arts in collaboration with the Institute of Art History and Theory of  Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University,  invites to the international Scientific Conference: ”From Crafts to Arts”, which will be held in Tbilisi, on May 4-5, 2018. The conference aims to analyze the interdisciplinary context of interrelation between the fields of art and crafts. In particular, it will make special focus on the manifold ways to show how the artisanal products and the object of everyday life have been transformed into the applied art pieces.
04/05/2018 10:41

Unexplored Archive Materials and the Traditional Culture of the East Georgia Highland (Ethnological Studies)

On May 2, 2018 at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Iv. Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology was held the presentation of the outcomes of the project: Unexplored Archive Materials and the Traditional Culture of the East Georgia Highland (Ethnological Studies). Principal Investigator – Doctor of History Nino Ghambashidze. The speakers at the presentation were: Nino Ghambashidze and Nikoloz Gurgenidze, member of the project, the responsible person for the Iv. Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology archive. The project aimed to work out graphic archive materials about the East Georgia highland (Gudamakari, Khevi, Tusheti) preserved at the archive of the Institute. 275 graphical sketches were worked out by 19 parameters, digitalized and entire data base was formed. On the basis of these worked out material a monograph: “The Traditional Culture of the East Georgia Highland (Main Shrines of Gudamakari, Khevi, Tusheti)” was written. The results of the project were presented at the international conferences (London, Warsaw and Tbilisi). 1 article was published in peer reviewed journal, second in an e-book and the third one in the proceedings of the conference. 6 articles were published in the Georgian scientific journal. The editor of the monograph, Professor, Doctor of History, Nino Maisuradze evaluated the presented work. The value of the investigation was acknowledged among the professionals and the audience.
03/05/2018 14:54

Success story of Georgia’s young Researchers

On April 27,  Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty ,  Kaunas University of Technology  and  Vytautas Magnus University  (Lithuania) hosted the  23rd Conference „ Information Society and University Studies“ IVUS2018. The conference was attended by presenters of about 15 states, including the representative of Georgia. Dr. Maksim Yavich, CEO and President of  Scientific Cyber Security Association (SCSA) , professor at the Caucasus University and Mr. Melkisedek Jinjikhadze, staff member of  Akaki Tsereteli State University  and Mr. Giorgi Iashvili SCSA project manager. Two presentations were delivered at the conference, both topics supported by the SRNSFG and STCU joint grant. The presentation on ,,Hash based digital signature scheme with integrated TRNG”  (authors of the topic: Dr. Maksim Yavich, Dr. Avtandil Gagnidze and Dr. Giorgi Iashvili) was awarded as the best presentation. Georgia’s researcher’s distinguished participation among 38 presentations is a big success not only for the scientific Cyber Security Association (SCSA), but also for Georgia overall. Both of the works will be published in international scientific journal. It is noteworthy that, as part of the visit, Dr. Maksim Yavich delivered lectures on cyber security and cryptography to the international students.