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Research support laboratory will appear in NarFU with Hokkaido University

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Research support laboratory will appear in NarFU with Hokkaido University
Research support laboratory will appear in NarFU with Hokkaido University

The corresponding agreement was signed by the vice-rector of NArFU for international cooperation Konstantin Zaikov and the director of the Arctic Research Center of Hokkaido University Yasushi Fukamachi.

The parties plan to develop research related to climate change and the environment, construction technologies, international cooperation and governance in the Arctic. One of the priority common themes will be the “blue economy” - a direction that includes a whole range of issues related to economic activities in the sea. In particular, partners are interested in logistics along the Northern Sea Route, the impact of climate change on the development prospects of this route and how the use of the NSR is reflected in the nature and local communities of the North.

The joint projects will be coordinated by the Joint Research Laboratory, specially created on the basis of NArFU.

“This laboratory is not in the classical sense, research will not be conducted there directly. This is a support center for scientific projects. Its main goal will be to build bridges between the scientists of Hokkaido University and our university so that they can successfully initiate and implement research, ”said Vice Rector Konstantin Zaikov. He also added that the laboratory based on NArFU will be engaged in projects in the western sector of the Arctic. A similar research support center in the eastern sector already exists in NEFU.

Common scientific interests were identified during the presentations of the meeting participants. Both researchers from the Arctic Research Center of Hokkaido University and NArFU employees presented their activities.

Director of the Center Yasushi Fukamachi told representatives of the Arkhangelsk University about the Center’s scientific projects in the field of natural sciences: oceanography, modeling of marine ecosystems, biogeography, air pollution. Natsuhiko Otsuka, as the leader of the specialized working group, presented the work of Hokkaido University on the engineering aspects of the development of the Northern Sea Route. The key projects in their field were told by the head of the social and human sciences working group Fujio Onishi.

Marina Kalinina, Advisor to the Rector for International Cooperation, recalled that cooperation between NArFU and Hokkaido University (Japan) was laid in 2013 at the VII Forum of Rectors of the University of the Arctic. She also presented the experience of NArFU participation in the network University of the Arctic, spoke about the international activities of NArFU.

Deputy Rector of NArFU for Scientific and Innovative Development Sergey Ryabchenko informed the guests about the work of the university to create a world-class scientific and educational center “Russian Arctic: new materials, technologies and research methods”.

The head of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Northern and Arctic Territories Maria Frolova presented the developments of NArFU in the field of composite materials that can be used in permafrost.

The interest of the Japanese delegation was aroused by the presentation of the Head of the Arctic biomonitoring laboratory Tatiana Sorokina. She spoke about work on the MegaGrant of the Government of the Russian Federation - a study whose purpose is to track how hazardous substances enter the body of the inhabitants of the North through the consumption of fish and poultry.

Director of the Arctic Center for Strategic Studies Alexander Saburov invited partners to participate in the Arctic Floating University expedition project of NArFU and Roshydromet, and graduate student Anastasia Parshina interested foreign scientists in the study of brown algae, which due to its special properties can be used both in the manufacture of cosmetics and food additives, as well as and as filters in places of pollution.

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