Ilia Medal awarded to ISU Professors listed among the world’s top scientists


ISU (Ilia State Univeristy) professors Ozgur Kisi, Rainer W. Bussmann and Merab Svanadze, listed among the world’s top 2% of scientists listed by Stanford University, have been awarded the Ilia Medal by ISU Rector, Prof. Giga Zedania and Vice Rector, Prof. Nino Doborjginidze.

Stanford University has published a list of world’s top 2% of scientists, including five Georgian scientists, three of which are ISU professors:

  • Ozgur Kişi, Professor of Civil Engineering at ISU, ranked as 7 in Environmental Engineering;
  • Rainer W. Bussmann, co-founder of the Ethnobotany Research Centre at ISU, founder and publisher of the series of Caucasus Ethnobotany (Springer Publishing), ranked as 518 in Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry.
  • Professor Merab Svanadze, Professor of Mathematics at ISU, ranked as 1631 in Mechanical Engineering & Transports

On the Ilia Medal

Instituted in 2017 on the decision of the ISU Academic Council to commemorate the double anniversary of Ilia Chavchavadze, the Ilia Medal is awarded annually to scientists for major contribution to the advancement of science and scholarship.    

On the Methodology of Stanford Ranking

The report, prepared by experts, lists over 100,000 scientists classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields, whose published research manuscripts have accelerated progress in their respective fields and influenced the productivity of other researchers as well.

The list is compiled on the basis of the standardized citation indications from Scopus data, using the following citation-related criteria: Hirsch h-index; coauthor-ship-adjusted Schreiber hm-index; number of citations to papers as single author; number of citations to papers as single or first author; and number of citations to papers as single, first, or last author.




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