Floating University

"Floating University" to start out from centre of Arkhangelsk

Organized by Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (RosHydroMet), a unique expedition "Floating University" starts out from Arkhangelsk on board the vessel "Professor Molchanov" on June 1. The program of integral expeditionary works provides for training course arranged by representatives of RosHydroMet and Russian Academy of Sciences for young specialists and researchers majoring in Polar studies. Among participants are NArFU’s brightest students.

What differs the innovative project “Floating University” from other scientific expeditions is that professors – for the first time ever – will be delivering a course of lectures to the students on board the vessel.

The official ceremony of the departure of the "Professor Molchanov" is fixed for June 1, 12:00. The voyage that starts off the Maritime Boat Station in Arkhangelsk and will last from June 1 to July 10, 2012. Its route – Arkhangelsk-White Sea-Barents Sea-Spitsbergen-Pechora Sea-White Sea-Arkhangelsk, as well as scope and schedule of works can be changed according to weather situation, ice conditions and other circumstances.

For the record:

In 2011, RosHydroMet decided to transfer the research vessel "Professor Molchanov" from Murmansk department of Hydrometeorological Service to Northern Territorial Administration for Hydrometeorological and Environmental Monitoring. The “Molchanov” was last repaired in June 2011. Its first after-repair expedition took place already last August and reached the the Wrangel Island. That expedition was participated by the scientists of Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and international team of paleontologists whose mission was to find traces of mammoths. In September 2011, Arkhangelsk hosted the International Forum "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue", organized by Russian Geographical Society. During the forum, the idea of ​​creating a "floating university" appeared. On April 10, 2012 at the extended meeting of the Russian Geographical Society’s stewardship committee in St. Petersburg, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin handed to Leonid Vasiliev, Chairman of Arkhangelsk RGS centre and chief of FBSI "Northern TAHEM" the project grant.

Updated 21.05.2012