The scientific heritage of Dmitri Mendeleev to be discussed at the Presidential Library

29 February 2024

On February 29, 2024 at 11:00 the Presidential Library will host the International Scientific Conference “190 years since the birth of Dmitri Mendeleev. Preservation of scientific heritage". This year the anniversary of the scientist is celebrated on February 8.

The organizers of the conference are the Mendeleev Federal State Unitary Enterprise All-Russian Research Institute of Metrology, Interregional public association “Metrological Academy” with the support of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart), as well as the Committee for Science and Higher School of St. Petersburg.

Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev is known to a wide audience primarily as an outstanding chemist, the author of the famous periodic table of elements. But no less significant is his contribution to domestic metrology, which he made as manager of the Main Chamber of Weights and Measures. It was his system for ensuring the uniformity of measurements and metrological reform that were the primary government tasks during the period of rapid development of capitalism and technical re-equipment of Russian industry at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The result of the transformations was the creation of a full-fledged metrological infrastructure, which made it possible to ensure the uniformity of measurements throughout Russia. A national system of units of physical quantities was established and legislated, existing state standards were improved and new ones were created; Fundamental scientific research began to be carried out in this area, the reference base was improved, etc.

At the conference, reports on the relevance of Mendeleev’s heritge for modern Russia will be made by Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology Evgeniy Lazarenko, President of the Interregional Public Association “Metrological Academy”, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Okrepilov, Vice President of the Interregional Public Association “Metrological Academy" Vladimir Krutikov, Rector of St. Petersburg State Technical University (TU) Andrey Shevchik, Director General of VNIIM named after Mendeleev Anton Pronin, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Valentina Stolyarova.

The event will be attended by students, young scientists, representatives of the metrology community, business, industrial and educational institutions, government and public organizations. The conference will present materials spotlighting the scale of personality and the fundamental contribution of Mendeleev to the development of not only Russian science, but also metrology, economics, and education.

The event is free. The conference will be broadcast on the Presidential Library’s portal in Live Broadcasts section in accordance with the program of live events, on the Rutube-channel of the institution.

The Presidential Library's portal features the collection dedicated to the outstanding Russian chemist and thinker Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev. The collection includes the scientist’s works, his correspondence, archival documents about his relatives, scientific, pedagogical and social activities, 20th-century studies about the scientific heritage of Mendeleev as well as visual materials.


Accreditation of media representatives is until 14:00 Februry 28, 2024.

Please forward applications for accreditation following the attached form marked Media Accreditation at Alexandra Khudyakova, tel.: (812) 305-16-21, ext. 167; mob. +7 (981) 788-28-08.

The letter should contain the full name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact phone numbers, the name of the media.

We draw the attention of the media representatives that it is necessary to forward applications for accreditation and arrive at the event in advance.

Entrance to the Presidential Library is carried out only by prior registration and upon showing a passport: for media representatives - through entrance № 2, participants and guests of the event - through entrance № 1.

In order to reduce the risks of the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the use of personal protective equipment during the event is mandatory for all attendees.