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29 October 2020

The Mayor of Varna, Ivan Portnih and the Chairperson of the Municipal Council, Todor Balabanov presented today Varna Awards in the fields of culture, science and education. The ceremony took place at the Heroes' Hall in the seaside capital.
VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" was honoured with three Varna Awards: 

► Research team headed by Assoc. Prof. Krasimir Nedyalkov, PhD - President of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" and Vladimir Bronfenbrener for the project "Black Sea Security Academy".

► Prof. Yonko Kunchev, D.Sc. - Dean of the Faculty of Law of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" - for the creation of the study module in Criminalistics and the only complex master's degree programme in Forensic Science at Varna Free University, as well as for the book "General Theory of Forensic Science".

► Research team headed by Assoc. Prof. Galina Momcheva, PhD - Head of the Department of Informatics at VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" and Assoc. Prof. Stoyan Pavlov, PhD from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at MU - Varna - for a project of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" and Medical University "Prof. Dr  Paraskev Stoyanov ” for the creation and development of a research interuniversity ecosystem for analysis of biomedical images  BioMed Varna.

Varna Award is given to citizens by citizens! That is why I believe in the objective assessment of the nominees - people with contribution to the development of spirituality, with high professional achievements in their fields, with active citizenship. Unfortunately, education, science and culture are areas with the highest risk of severe consequences due to the pandemic. Therefore, I want to assure you that the Municipality of Varna will continue to be your faithful partner," said Mayor Ivan Portnih. "Nowadays, more than ever, we need people like you, people who strengthen our spirit and are the basis of our optimism," said Todor Balabanov, chairperson of the Varna Municipal Council.

A special guest at the ceremony was the Vice-President of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" Yani Yanev.
As a rule, the awards are presented every year on the occasion of 24 May, but due to the pandemic of COVID-19 this year the celebration was held on the eve of the National Enlightener’s Day.

Photos: Press centre of Varna Municipality

Vladimir Bronfenbrener received the award on behalf of the research team headed by him and Assoc. Prof. Krasimir Nedyalkov, PhD.

On behalf of Prof. Yonko Kunchev, D.Sc., Varna Award was received by Assoc. Prof. Anton Grozdanov - Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law.

"Soon, thanks to the work of the research group BioMed we will show how we can retain young people in Varna. We will provoke students to work for our city," said Assoc. Prof. Galina Momcheva, PhD for whom this is the third  Varna Award.