Today International Research and Practice Conference was opened in the main building of NArFU under the title “Knowledge Transfer in Research, Education and Business: Ways of Cooperation for Russia and Germany”.
The conference has brought to Arkhangelsk leading specialists in the field of knowledge and technologies transfer, cross-cultural communication from Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) lecturers and DAAD students from St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Oryol, Samara and Irkutsk.
The main objective of the conference is to exchange ideas in the sphere of research, education and business knowledge transfer, and also to search for development options and new forms of international research and practice cooperation between Russia, Germany and other countries in the sphere of Higher Education.
The conference is hosted by DAAD lecturers of Translation and Applied Linguistics Department, German and French Philology Department in the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication of NArFU and representatives of NArFU Research Center “Integrative Translation Studies in Sub-Arctic Dimension”.
Plenary session was opened with video address to the conference participants of NArFU Rector Elena Kudryashova.
“It gives me the pleasure to welcome you in NArFU named after Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, the son of Russia, who united Russia and Germany through his research work. The conference is supported by German Academic Exchange Service, which once again emphasizes a traditional character of Russian-German relations in the field of science and education. We are glad to see here all the representatives of partner organizations and universities. NArFU has been implementing joint projects in various areas with German colleagues for many years. I would like to wish you fruitful work, interesting discussions and all the best”, — Rector addressed the participants.
Heike Peitsch, the General Consul of Germany in St. Petersburg, made the note of rich cooperation tradition in the area of education and research.
“Research and education cooperation between Germany and Russia is an important part of the history of relations between our countries and it dates back to Peter the Great times. I am looking forward to discussing such an important issue as knowledge transfer. Russian-German relations in the research area are intensive and I hope, they will become even stronger after this conference”, — said Mrs. Consul.
Gregor Berghorn, Head of DAAD Office in Moscow and Head of German House of Research and Innovation in Moscow, welcomed the participants and wished them successful work on behalf of German Academic Exchange Center. According to Mr. Berghorn, DAAD approves of this conference, which is organized “in the right place at the right time”.
A crucial role of NArFU in the creation of Russian-German relations in Arkhangelsk is recognized by local authorities as well. Elena Bubnovich, Manager of External Affairs and Tourism in Organizational Department of City Hall, stressed in her speech the significance of the conference for the city and NArFU and Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication knowledge transfer. City Hall Representative also thanked NArFU and DAAD for the organization of the conference. On behalf of the city Elena Vyacheslavovna wished productive work and hoped for frequent visits of German guests to the capital of Pomorye.
To underline the importance of federal University in knowledge transfer within region a video about the recent opening of Russian-German Center for Academic and Educational Cooperation was demonstrated.
The hosts of the meeting — DAAD lecturer Berthold Linder and Director of REC “Integrative Translation Studies in Sub-Arctic Dimension” Aleksandr Polikarpov — also welcomed the participants of the conference.
The first plenary report was a report of Vice-Rector for Research Boris Filippov “The priorities for knowledge transfer in NArFU named after M.V. Lomonosov.”
Schools working in harsh weather conditions are used to facing certain challenges. Arctic can be viewed as “region of extremes”. At the same time any changes in the Arctic region will have an impact on a global scale. Research work in the High North is challenged by a row of problems. The ecosystem of this region is very fragile. The Arctic doesn’t possess an adequate infrastructure, which causes hurdles during the extractions of minerals. Moreover, severe climate conditions may affect the health of Arctic workers.
NArFU is working in several directions to make the labor in difficult conditions of circumpolar region more comfortable. Meanwhile it is important to preserve macroregion ecosystems. The relevant directions include technogenic disasters preparedness system, estimate of environmental conditions, polar medicine and healthcare development, social and economic area research, preservation of cultural and historical heritage and development of the Arctic infrastructure.
A set of NArFU organizations are involved in an important research on macroregion problems – above all common use center “Arctica”, Center of Arctic Space Monitoring, common use center “ArcticMed”, information-technological center “Modern technologies in processing of North Bioresources”, Innovation-technological Center for Arctic Oil and Gas Laboratory Research.
An international project “Arctic floating University” also plays an important role in High North research. A research and education center is to be created on a Dikson island.
“At present we are discussing and looking for knowledge transfer. A University must be a source of ideas for scientific and business communities. And certainly knowledge transfer can be only achieved by handing it down from generation to generation”, — summed up Boris Filippov.