Activities of the Grantees
21/12/2016 13:41

“Georgian Political Corpus”

At   10am on December 20, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted a presentation “Georgian Political Corpus.” The project "Georgian Political Corpus" was created in 2016 in frames of the winter school funded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation - Digital Kartvelology – Thematic Corpora and the Issues of Annotating in Kartvelian Languages (heads: Prof. Darejan Tvaltvadze (TSU); Prof. Manana Tandashvili (Goethe University Frankfurt).
21/12/2016 11:50

School for Immunology Research Methodology with Participation of Compatriots Residing Abroad

“School for Immunology Research Methodology with Participation of Compatriots Residing Abroad” was  held at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) on December 21-25. The school was organized by Georgian Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. The project is funded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The school opened on December 21, 10:00, at TSU, building 1, auditorium 115 (1 Chavchavadze Street). Lectures and practical classes took place at TSU, building XI (13 University Street).   
14/12/2016 09:43

Loan Verbs Adaptation in Pontic Greek (spoken in Georgia)

Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Svetlana Berikashvili participated the International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor. Her presentations theme was: Loan Verbs Adaptation in Pontic Greek (spoken in Georgia). The paper presents an empirical study on cross-linguistic influence of contact languages (Turkish and Russian) regarding the process of verb transference (including loanwords and loan blends) in Pontic Greek. The presentation focusses on accommodation strategies of loan verbs, following the classification of Wichman & Wohlgemuth (2008) and the Loan Verb Integration Hierarchy proposed by Wohlgemuth (2009). The study is based on corpus data, which are collected through several fieldwork periods in the Pontic-speaking community of Georgia (by Evgenia Kotanidi, Svetlana Berikashvili & Stavros Skopeteas 2005, 2014) and is part of the project The impact of current transformational processes on language and ethnic identity: Urum and Pontic Greeks in Georgia at Bielefeld University – funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The claim is that Pontic Greek possesses different incorporation strategies to accomodate loan verbs from languages with concatenative (i.e. Turkish) and non-concatenative (i.e. Russian) morphology. The majority of the verbs in Pontic use different adaptation strategies i.e. Indirect Insertion (IndI) for the adaptation of Turkish loan verbs by the means of the verbalizer ‑ev and Light Verb Strategy (LVS) for the integration of Russian loan verbs. Alongside there are examples of the Direct Insertion (DI), namely infinitive forms from Russian, which should be discussed separately. The main questions are why different strategies are used to accommodate verbs from different donor languages (immediate donor languages) involved in the transference process and, does typology of the donor language plays any crucial role in the integration process or not. The novel contribution of this presentation is (a) that it presents data of an understudied variety of the Pontic dialect (as currently spoken in Georgia) and (b) that it compares the morphological integration of verbs originating in concatenative languages with verbs originating in non-concatenative languages in order to disentangle the role of the source language in transference phenomena.
13/12/2016 11:55

Combined studies of conformational and mechanistic issues for redox-active proteins through the extended method of interfacial viltammetry

Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Dimitri Khoshtariya participated in the conference which called: “Advances in Biophysical Methods for Protein Characterization” (Palermo, Italy, October 4 to 6, 2016). He made a report : Combined studies of conformational and mechanistic issues for redox-active proteins through the extended method of interfacial viltammetry. During the conference Profs. D. Khoshtariya and M. Telling briefly discussed some general aspects and prospects of possible future collaboration of two respective research teams towards the joint application of Muon Spin Relaxation method for achieving the new progress in better understanding of protein dynamics and function. They also came to the tentative agreement on the visit of Prof. Khoshtariya to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during spring, 2017. During the first and following days of the Conference, Profs. D. Khoshtariya and and A. Cupane had several prearranged meetings to discuss the initiation of long-standing strategic collaboration between the respective departments of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and University of Palermo implying extensive research cooperation within the field of Biophysics and adjacent subfields, as well as educational activity that would cover creation of joint teaching programs for masters and PhD students and active exchange mechanisms (mobility schemes) both, for students and the university personnel.
13/12/2016 10:55

International Conference for Orthodox Music in Prague – ICOMP Ars Nova East and West

Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Tamar Ckheidze participated On October 14-16 of the current year, with organizing by International Society of Orthodox Music, Prague Charlie University and Filocalia Association, the international  conference of the orthodox music was held “ Ars Nova in East and West”. This conference, which was co-hosted by the ISOCM and Charles University of Prague, aimed  to explore the idea of innovation in Orthodox chant, from the Byzantine period to compositions written today; topics include, but are not limited to, the way in which innovation can be reconciled with tradition, analysis of the reception of different kinds of innovative repertories, correspondences and contrasts between Eastern and Western techniques of chant composition, and discussion of the means and techniques by which an "Ars nova" might be implemented. The seventh session at October 16 was dedicated to the Georgian ecclesiastical music. Four scientists (Khatuna Managadze, Tamar Chkheidze, Eka Chabashvili and Maka Virsaladze) read their papers. The thematic of the papers was connected with issues of the traditional chanting esthetics and philosophy, demonstration of Georgian-Byzantine parallels, creative principles and discussions in modern Georgian composers’ ecclesiastical works. Tamar Chkheidze report was dedicated to the stylistic peculiarities of the ornamented chanting and discussion of preconditions of this style in the Georgian and Byzantine liturgical tradition and demonstration at its basis of the common and differentiating qualities of the Byzantine Kalophonic style and Georgian Chreli chanting (as of the similar events in the different orthodox traditions). Georgian scientists’ participation in the discussion of the problems of the Middle century music and their reports cause always much interest. Georgian ecclesiastical music represents scientists’ interest as it keeps original in itself, together with national tradition common orthodox musical regularities. Notwithstanding this, highly developed, original patterns, the  Georgian chanting retained old, archaic layers which represent extremely valuable source for studying of orthodox chanting history and traditions. During the conference proceeded the interesting discussion was held, contact informations for future collaboration were interchanged. The participants have received the invitation for participation at the Seventh International Conference of Orthodox Music which will be held in Finland, June 6-11 in 2017 at the Joensuu University.
09/12/2016 15:24

"Ananauri Big Kurgan №3"

Georgian National Museum Auditorium has hosted a presentation of the book "Ananauri Big Kurgan №3" on December 8, 2016 at 4pm. "Ananauri Big Kurgan №3" was published within the project "Ananauri Big Kurgan №3: interdisciplinary research and restoration" funded by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The object of the study was the 3 millennium BC Kurgan in Lagodekhi, Kakheti District, which was explored in 2012. The book contains results of historical, archaeological and interdisciplinary researches. "Ananauri Big Kurgan №3" includes articles of the scientists from the Georgian National Museum, as well as representatives from the Technical University of Georgia, Aix-Marseilles University, Melbourne University, Romano-Germanic Central Museum, Weizmann Institute of Science and Max Planck Society. The data presented in the book gives us versatile information about the natural conditions and cultural development of South Caucasus in III millennium BC.
07/12/2016 11:57

,,Biodegradable cationic polymers composed of spermine and arginine: synthesis, cell compatibility, and biological activity'

Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Nino Zavradashvili participated in The 3rd International Conference on Bioinspired and Biobased Chemistry & Materials, where she made a presentation about the ,,Biodegradable cationic polymers composed of spermine and arginine: synthesis, cell compatibility, and biological activity''. Cationic polymers (CPs) are of interest as gene carriers to be used in both  gene therapy and biotechnology, as well as antimicrobials. For potential in vivo applications it is important to have non-toxic CPs that can be cleared from the body after executing their function. For this reason biodegradable CPs have attracted considerable interest. The present work deals with the synthesis of new highly charged biodegradable CPs composed of endogenous multi-amine spermine and α-amino acid arginine . The CPs composed of the said naturally occurring building blocks attracted a special attention as both gene transfection and antimicrobial agents. Considering the above, we have synthesized a new biodegradable highly charged cationic polyamides via an original one-pot synthetic strategy  comprising solution polycondensation of activated di- p - nitrophenyl- trans -epoxy succinate with a diamine and subsequent in situ interaction of the intermediary epoxy -polyamide with arginine methyl ester dihydrochloride. Using spermine and related compounds as diamines in the one-pot synthesis we have constructed the desirable highly charged CPs.  Such CPs contain vicinal amide groups in the macromolecules which intramolecularly catalyze the hydrolysis of each other. It has to be emphasized that spermine based polyamide will be biodegraded in a physiological environment with releasing free spermine utilizable by the organism. The new CPs revealed a high in vitro cell compatibility within the concentration range 0.04-10.00 mg/mL (evaluated using 4T1 , HeLa , NIH3T3 , and CCD-27SK  cell lines). Further, the new CPs were highly water soluble (≤ 200 mg/mL) that is important for practical applications, formed a positively charged (zeta potentials ≤ +57.4 mV) stable nanocomplexes with pDNA (38.0 - 312.0 nm) at rather low polymer /pDNA weight ratios (WR=5/1-25/1). The cellular uptake of complexes was evaluated by flow cytometry (FACS) analysis and confocal microscopy study; The new polymers showed selective transfection activity towards certain cell lines that could be promising for practical applications in gene therapy. The new CPs showed also rather high activity against bacteria (tested with Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus , E.coli, Salmonella enterica ) and could be of interest for practical applications as antibacterials.
07/12/2016 09:34

English-Georgian Technical Dictionary

On December 6, 2016 the Lexicographic Centre at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, presented to the public English-Georgian Technical Dictionary, Multilingual Dictionary Management System and the new platform of the online dictionary. The project was implemented with the financial support of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.

19th century Georgian silverware from the Museum of Folk and Applied art of Georgia

06/12/2016 12:07
Research project “19th century Georgian silverware: unknown phenomenon of Georgian culture” is being implemented under SRNSF’s call for young scientists grants.  
02/12/2016 09:33

BFoST Congress

Under the framework of SRNSF’s call for travel grants, Inessa Kekelidze participated in the 1 st  BFoST Congress ( 1 st   Black Sea Association of Food Science and Technology Congress ) in Macedonia, where were presented topical themes about food science and technology. There were presented 41 oral and 43 poster presentations; 51 full paper was published in the Journal of Hygienic and Engineering Design Her oral presentation was about her doctoral research, that is about the red dessert wine prepared via innovative technology with the aim for investigation of the phenolic substances in it. As in the wine prepared by the presenter, the phenolic profile is of the high concentration, - the drink is outlined with high antioxidant activity in comparison with the existing analogue. It can be counted as one of the products to be consumed with moderate dosages regularly with the aim to prolong healthy life. As the red dessert wine is a novel product, the research like this hasn’t been performed before in the World scale, and at the same time high antioxidant activity, the same functional, food products are on the growing demand worldwide, the research topic deserved interest from the attending  audience. They became interested in the rich potential of Georgia and stayed happy to hear that in our small country there is not only various and rich biodiversity of nature and agriproducts, but also are performed researches of the high level and young researchers are promoted for integration into the world sciences. Participation in the mentioned above Congress gave her opportunity to wide her network by acquainting with different scientists with  the aim of future collaboration, knowledge transfer and etc. She was offered to become representative of Georgia in the international organization of global harmonization (Global Harmonization Initiative), established in Austria. She was kindly invited to participate in the next BFoST Congress to be held in Armenia in 2018. The world representatives were glad to know that Georgian Scientific Foundation does its best helping doctoral student to perform his research and  actively participate in different scientific forums for sharing the results of the doctoral research and widening the network. To sum up, from the point of view of the World representatives, each new-comer to the science should be capable to work individually (that is independently, in spite of the huge role of the scientists helping in scientific life of doctoral student) towards progress in favour of his country and the World in general, that’s the main starting point for the better common future.