NLA researchers to win “Leader of Science-2017” nomination

NLA researchers to win “Leader of Science-2017” nomination

November 9, 2017

Dr Timur Saliev_PHOTOTimur Saliev, Head of Laboratory of Translational Medicine and Life Sciences Technologies,  and Ainur Kakpenova, Yeldar Baiken, researchers, NLA  became the winner of «Leader of Science-2017" independent award for high rates of publication activity and citation of information resources according to Web of Science Core collection data 2014-2016 (Thomson Reuters).  The award ceremony held on 8 November, 2017, which was organized under the auspices of "National Scientific and Technical Information Center" JSC jointly with “Clarivate Analitycs” company. It should be reminded that in 2015 and 2016 the well-known scientists of  NLA Dr. Zhumabay Bakenov,  Dr. Almagul Mentbayeva and others also have won «Leader of Science» award according to Thomson Reuters for their  remarkable works. 

Nazarbayev University to win  2017 Springer Nature Awards

Nazarbayev University to win  2017 Springer Nature Awards

October 9, 2017

  фото победителей SPRINGERAlmaty hosted the awarding ceremony of the Top Springer Author independent award in the field of science and technology, founded by Springer Nature, largest international publishing company. 

This year, Nazarbayev University won "The Most Published Organization" nomination, and scientists from NU  Zhumabay Bakenov and Aliya Kuzhabekova were awarded in the Top Springer Author “Technology” category. In all, 7 nominations were presented at the ceremony.  

After the end of the awarding ceremony, Bart Verberck, editor-in-chief of  Nature Physics and Irina Alexandrova, representative of Springer Nature in Kazakhstan   conducted the international master-class for Kazakstani authors and editors of journals  how to increase the number of articles in English in rating journals.

Springer Nature Company and scientists of Kazakhstan are long-standing strategic partners. Today, Springer Nature is No. 1 publishing company based on the number of published articles and books from Kazakhstan. For instance, in the period from 1958 to date, scientists of Kazakhstan published about 7000 different papers and articles in Springer magazines.

Kazakstani researchers and Oxford to start the common “Global Healthspan Extension Initiative” project

Kazakstani researchers and Oxford to start the common “Global Healthspan Extension Initiative” project

September 15, 2017

Today, National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University hosts the III International Scientific Conference "Personalized Medicine and Global Health." Well-known researchers of leading universities and centers of near and far abroad, representatives of  the state and commercial organizations of education and public health of Kazakhstan attend this year’s conference. Among guests and speakers  of the conference are Richard Barker, professor and founder of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovations (CASMI) of the University of Oxford, Avi  Roy, president of the British Foundation for Biogerontology Research (BGRF), Valery Benberin, Head of the Medical Center of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan, Ilya Stambler, representative of the International Association for Aging (IAD,Israel), Almaz Sharman, President of the Academy of Preventive Medicine, Adesida Ilesanni, provost, Nazarbayev University and others.

The purpose of the conference is to develop the international cooperation in the joint innovative researches and breakthrough scientific developments in the field of advanced multi-mode biomedicine technologies and to discuss the prospects for creating innovative products based on them to preserve and improve the health of the population of Kazakhstan. Participants will also discuss the possibilities and problems of genomics in general, bioinformatics and the application of new technologies in practice.

According to Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, Director General, National Laboratory Astana, personalized medicine in common will improve medical care, increase its safety and profitability.

 “Personalized medicine is based on the peculiarities of the genetic profile of a particular patient and allows predicting the occurrence of diseases, conducting timely prevention and assuming the active solidary participation of the patient. When a team of specialists, including doctors, bioinformatics, IT specialists, biologists, geneticists, use information about the human genome, molecular markers of specific diseases when targeting therapy, the effect of treatment increases dramatic. We very much hope that the implementation of such approaches in the long term will contribute to significant cost savings, but at the first stage of the introduction of personalized medicine, the health care costs will significantly increase due to the introduction of new high cellular and gene technologies, which is the main barrier for its full implementation,” noted Zhaxybay Zhumadilov.

Within the framework of the conference Richard Barker, Avi Roy, Ilya Stambler and NLA scientists  will hold an official  press briefing, where they tell about joint participation in the Global Healthspan Extension Initiative project, aims to strengthen the foundations for quality longevity. This project is aimed to implement of innovative technologies to expand the boundaries of healthy productive longevity of the population.

To date, the Global Healthspan Extension Initiative has already attracted interest from a number of biotechnology companies from the U.S, UK, Norway, Sweden, France and Germany, which are considering prospects for cooperation in the field of research on quality longevity.

NLA hosts IV  Asian Congress of Radiation Research

NLA hosts IV  Asian Congress of Radiation Research

August 16, 2017

Today Nazarbayev University with the assistance of National Laboratory Astana hosts the IV International Asian Congress on Radiation Research within the framework of EXPO-2017.

For several days the leading scientists and radiobiologists of Kazakhstan, neighboring countries and far abroad will discuss the most important achievements and trends in the peaceful use of the atom, radiation safety for personnel of radiation hazardous enterprises, as well as new and modern methods for reducing radiation risk during work with ionizing radiation sources and controlling wellness of workers of uranium, oil, gas and mining industry of Kazakhstan.

 The previous congresses were held in Japan, South Korea and China. This year representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as the delegations of Iran, China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, India, and Singapore  come together to discuss the  agenda of this  Congress.

The plenary lectures and sections of the Congress will present the results of fundamental researches of leading scientists in the field of radiobiology, radioecology and radiation safety.

The sectional reports will cover the problems of assessing the radiation impact on environmental objects, the effect of "small" doses of ionizing radiation on the body and medical provision of radiation safety of the population. Also, mechanisms of influence of "small" doses of ionizing radiation, questions of molecular-genetic changes and their role in the development of long-term effects of irradiation will be considered. The scientists will devote considerable attention to the discussion of the results of epidemiological studies, the reconstruction of individual doses of internal and external radiation, and the organization of electronic databases for the assessment of radiation risks.

INESS-2017 to be opened at NU

INESS-2017 to be opened at NU

August 9, 2017

Today Nazarbayev University with the assistance of the Institute of Accumulators and National Laboratory Astana hosts the 5th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems (INESS-2017).

The INESS conference started in Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2013. This year the scientists and students from Japan, Korea, France, China, Russia, Canada, UAE, UK, Turkey and Kazakhstan  will review and discuss the recent progress and problems in materials science, nanotechnologies, ecology, renewable energy, energy storage systems and modeling methods in these fields.  

INESS is included into the list of Global Events by Elsevier Inc.:

The Conference will  also include a session with workshops by the Thompson Reuters and other specialists.

According to the head of the Center for Energy and Advanced Material Science, National Laboratory Astana, Prof. Zhumbay Bakenov, for several days conference participants will discuss the latest developments in the field of energy storage materials such as advanced rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, nanomaterials for energy, and others.

-Energy conversion and storage devices such as advanced rechargeable batteries and fuel cells are play critical role in all parts of our society, in communication and infrastructure, industry and transport, - said Mr. Bakenov. - In many areas, the technological development is directly depending on the availability of such energy devices. Therefore, the market of advanced batteries and other energy conversion and storage devices is very competitive and rapidly growing.

For example,  researchers’ group and Institute of accumulators under the  leadership of Zhumabay Bakenov design novel nanostructured materials to succeed in development of rechargeable batteries with high energy and power density, safety, low ecological impact, long cycle life  and low cost.  

Leading researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), Warwick University (Great Britain), Chungnam National University (South Korea), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), Hebei University of Technology (China) and other leaders in the development of new materials, including storage of green energy, its production and transportation, will present its projects and solutions during INESS-2017 also.

Additional information on INESS-2017 is available on the official conference website: Information on previous conferences can be found at:

NLA to hold INESS-2017

NLA to hold INESS-2017

August 1, 2017

We are glad to announce the 5th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems (INESS-2017) organized by the Institute of Batteries (IoB) National Laboratory Astana (NLA) and Nazarbayev University (NU) to be held on August 9-11, 2017 in Astana at Nazarbayev University ( and cordially invite you to participate!

INESS is included into the list of Global Events by Elsevier Inc.:

The INESS 2017 topics cover the following and related areas:

  • Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Application
  • Advanced Energy Storage, Conversion and Saving Systems
  • Materials for electrochemical sensor and electroanalytical applications
  • Materials and technology for alternative advanced energy applications
  • Catalysis and fuel cells
  • Battery monitoring and management systems
  • Battery safety and utilization
  • Development of electric vehicles and stationary energy storage
  • Modelling tools in materials science and energy conversion systems
  • Energy and environment

The Conference will include a session with workshops by the Thompson Reuters and other specialists.

Full length papers presented at the Conference will be published as Proceedings in an international journal.

The researchers from different countries will participate and share their vision on progress and problems in materials science, nanotechnologies, ecology, renewable energy and energy storage systems.

INESS-2017 will be supported by several TV, newspaper and internet companies.

INESS-2017 is an open event and the participants from academia, industry and investors sectors are welcome to participate. We expect participation of several partner companies, and investors.

The INESS conference started in Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2013. The scientists and students from Japan, Korea, France, China, Russia, Canada, UAE, UK, Turkey and Kazakhstan reviewed and discussed the recent progress and problems in materials science, nanotechnologies, ecology, renewable energy, energy storage systems and modeling methods in these fields.

For further details please visit the INESS-2017 web-page: For past conferences please check

Looking forward to seeing you at INESS-2017!

Yours sincerely,

Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Professor Zhumabay Bakenov,

Director of Center for Energy and Advanced Materials Science

School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University,

Institute of Batteries LLC,

53, Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, Astana 010000 Kazakhstan

Phone: +7 7172 70 65 30; Email:


Play your game

Play your game

July 20, 2017

       One of the favorite places and entertainments of  EXPO-2017  is the stand where the Interactive Kazakhstan Energy Game “Towards a Green Economy" is presented. The exposition is a game that allows the user to create not just his own plan for the development of Kazakhstan's energy system until 2030, but also to see how effective this plan is, both economically and environmentally.

       The developers of the unique game are researchers from the Laboratory of Energy, Ecology and Climate  of National Laboratory Astana. According to Nurkhat Zhakiyev , reasercher, NLA, the Interactive Kazakhstan Energy Game is a computer software that allows to EXPO visitors to access the power system of Kazakhstan and choose the best options for its development, including bolstering investment in electricity transmission infrastructure, facilitating fuel mix for electricity generation, integrating renewable energy and so on. 
       “We run a very big set of scenarios with the different tools developed and build a visualization tool based on a comprehensive database of results,” says Nurkhat Zhakiyev. “Then with the support of an interactive tool we let the people “play” with the levers of control of the model (they can select and combine for example a set of targets/assumptions with their hands making use of a virtual platform) and see the corresponding results in terms of system dynamics and performance. This is also a way to make more clear what we do and to show the complexity of the decision-making process in the energy sector, highlighting even the inconsistencies of some combinations.”
     The mission of this interactive Game tool is to give the full information about the current situation on the power system and Governmental targets of Kazakhstan. The project is based on an optimization model software package developed for reviewing technical and economic features of the power system. System components involve regions allowing the model to interact with these division sets through transmission lines. 
       Also, using the data elaborated by the Kazakstani Electricity Grid Operating Company, the Game allows conducting the regional level monitoring of the spatial characteristics of the power system. All the information about each region is located on the top right side of the display.  The solar and wind power technical potential is estimated with the help of data obtained from meteorological stations for each region. Industrial and residential demand data estimates indicate long-term baseline projections up to 2050.

    The project concept was supported by the Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of competition for the award for the best research in the field of science and technology for young scientists.

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NLA to organize seminar on antibiotic resistance

NLA to organize seminar on antibiotic resistance

June 21, 2017

The international seminar  on antibiotic resistance was launched today in Nazarbayev University  under the auspices of National Laboratory Astana and  International Science and Technology Center (ISTC)/ The seminar is dedicated to the use of antibiotics in the treatment of people, including children. Scientists from  Europe, USA, India, Japan, Israel, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Kazakstani researchers and practitioners  take part in the seminar.

According to Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, Director General of National Laboratory Astana, the widespread antibiotic resistance around the world became a serious danger that is manifested today in every region of the world and begins to have a negative impact on man’s health regardless of age and origin.

Global collective action to address this threat includes proposals for the preparation of international treaties on antimicrobial resistance, as well as coordination in government agencies in health, food safety, veterinary and environmental protection.

It is expected that within two days scientists will highlight in their work the reasons for resistance to drugs in the population of people and the spread of resistant strains between humans and animals. In addition, alternative treatments data will be made public, as despite calls for new types of antibiotic therapy, new drugs are being developed less. Researchers from the U.S. will talk about national and international programs to monitor the threats to drug resistance.

Workshop  on Antibiotic Resistant Strains to be held in NLA

Workshop on Antibiotic Resistant Strains to be held in NLA

June 20, 2017

 National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University and the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) conduct  preparatory works for the organization of  Antibiotic Resistant Strains workshop that will be held on June 21 – 22, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.  More than 20 scientists from different countries (USA, Italy,  Sweden, Japan, Israel, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Kazakhstan) will come together to discuss several aspects of antibiotic resistance (ABR): on molecular methods of studying antibiotic resistance strains, on the problem of antibiotic resistance in pediatrics, alternative ways of antibiotic use, and influence of  antibiotic resistance to society and environment.

Secrets of Maverannahr: where genetics depends on culture

Secrets of Maverannahr: where genetics depends on culture

June 15, 2017

 Maxsat Zhabagin, researcher, Laboratory For Population Genetics, NLA in cooperation with  Oleg Balanovsky, Elena Balanovska, Zhaxylyk Sabitov, Marina Kuznetsova, and others published  a new study in Scientific Reports 7, article number: 3085(2017).

Authors have analyzed Y-chromosomal variation in populations from Transoxiana, a historical region covering the southwestern part of Central Asia. They studied 780 samples from 10 regional populations of Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Turkmens, Dungans, and Karakalpaks using 35 SNP and 17 STR markers. Analysis of haplogroup frequencies using multidimensional scaling and principal component plots, supported by an analysis of molecular variance, showed that the geographic landscape of Transoxiana, despite its distinctiveness and diversity (deserts, fertile river basins, foothills and plains) had no strong influence on the genetic landscape. The main factor structuring the gene pool was the mode of subsistence: settled agriculture or nomadic pastoralism. Investigation of STR-based clusters of haplotypes and their ages revealed that cultural and demic expansions of Transoxiana were not closely connected with each other. The Arab cultural expansion introduced Islam to the region but did not leave a significant mark on the pool of paternal lineages. The Mongol expansion, in contrast, had enormous demic success, but did not impact cultural elements like language and religion. The genealogy of Muslim missionaries within the settled agricultural communities of Transoxiana was based on spiritual succession passed from teacher to disciple. However, among Transoxianan nomads, spiritual and biological succession became merged, leading to the formation of haplotype mini-clusters among nomadic clergy.

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