RF Security Council conference introduced to NArFU’s activity areas

RF Security Council conference introduced to NArFU’s activity areas

By Vitaliy Barashkov

M.V. Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University is hosting «Ensuring Safety and Sustainable Development in the Arctic Region, Preservation of Ecosystems and Traditional Way of Life of the Indigenous Peoples of the North», a conference initiated by the RF Security Council as part of the annual International Meeting of the Arctic Council member countries, Arctic Council Observer States and International Academic Community.

Prior to the conference session, its participants, headed by RF Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev, had a tour around the thematic expositions arranged on two of the main building’s floors, offering insight into Arctic security; Arctic environment protection; personnel training for the Arctic projects; and social sustainability of indigenous peoples living in the Arctic areas. The guests were guided by NArFU Acting Rector Natalia Chicherina.

The ground floor housed the stands of Zvezdochka Ship Repair Centre, JSC; Russian EMERCOM’s Multipurpose Arctic Centre — ‘Russian EMERCOM’s North-West Regional Search and Rescue Team’; SOZVEZDIYE Oil and Gas Suppliers Association; Gelios Group; Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, among others — the businesses conducting their operations immediately within the North-West Russian and the Arctic.

Floor two housed NArFU’s stands. Many of them have sparked great interest of the delegation and personally Nikolay Patrushev.

Milana Martyusheva, Director of V.N. Bulatov Publishing House, told about the latest publications. She specially dwelled upon the ‘Arctic Series’, an edition launched by NArFU a year ago to comprise the academic and research publications dealing with the current challenges of exploration and development in the high latitudes. Also, two landmark books were presented that came out to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II — ’A Flashback to the Arctic Convoys’ by Valentina Golysheva and ‘The War in the Arctic’ by German Burkov. Special interest was displayed by Nikolay Patrushev in the book about the Arctic convoys; he inquired about its sources and whose reminiscences formed the basis of the book.

Alexander Guryev, NArFU Department for Scientific Research, familiarized the members of the conference with the in-house facilities pursuing the scientific studies in the Arctic.

Among these facilities is the Centre for Remote Sensing of the Arctic, enabling real-time sea ice monitoring and providing the support for NArFU’s expeditions. Much focus was laid on the Arctic Floating University, a landmark project in NArFU’s portfolio. The delegation was introduced to its history and the main areas of research being pursued by expeditions since 2011.

When asked by Nikolay Patrushev about the key objective of the Arctic Floating University, Alexander Guryev said this project is designed to foster synergy during the training sessions on board the Professor Molchanov and the field investigations.

The guests were then introduced to NArFU Institute of Oil and Gas’ Arctic Oil and Gas Lab Cluster. The overview of its activity was followed by demonstration of the oil samples sourced within Timan-Pechora oil- and gas-bearing province, and the core samples analyzed as part of the research contracted by oil and gas businesses.

Worthy of special attention was the Shared Use of Equipment Centre ‘Arktika’. It is here that the water, soil and biota samples taken by the Arctic Floating University expeditions undergo multifaceted analyses. The audience was informed that the Center provides its services to both NArFU researchers and outside organizations — which makes it a classical shared use of equipment center — and is listed in the Russian Register of Shared Use of Equipment Centres.

The last item of the exposition was devoted to the Centre for Energy Innovations, NArFU’s portfolio activity dealing with turning the sawing wastes and similar byproducts into sources of energy. The excursionists were shown the pellets made from different categories of biomass. The opinion exchange on this matter was actively contributed by Arkhangelsk Governor Igor Orlov.

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