The annual Barents PhD School International Summer School is held from 21st to 25th of August within the framework of the project on academic cooperation in the Barents region. This year, the school grounds became NArFU and NSMU.
"As the school logo, this is an Arctic bumblebee, a special species that was discovered by our researchers during the expedition of the Arctic Floating University. We are glad to welcome you to Arkhangelsk, I hope for successful cooperation and I wish you scientific discoveries and academic achievements," Natalia Kukarenko, vice-rector for strategic development and external relations, greeted the guests.
Welcoming speeches were also made by Marina Kalinina, Adviser to the Rector for International Cooperation, and Yuri Sumarokov, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the State Medical University.
The International Summer School for Graduate Students of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region was established in 2013 as a long-term project of academic cooperation between five universities in the Barents Region: Northern (Arctic) Federal University, University of Oulu, University of Tromso-Arctic University of Norway, Umea University. The summer school is devoted to the Year of Ecology in the Russian Federation. Its participants will discuss topical issues in the development of the Arctic and the Barents region: environmental protection and climate change, conservation of Arctic natural resources and management of specially protected areas, the impact of the climate of the northern latitudes on human health, prevention of natural disasters, energy efficiency and sustainable forest management. 11 post-graduate students take part in the work of the school; three of them study at NArFU. In addition to students from the partner universities of the project, students from China, India and Switzerland participate in the school. Lectures are read by teachers and scientists from Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Oslo, Oulu, Umea, and experts from the Arkhangelsk branch of the World Wildlife Fund, the National Park "Russian Arctic", and the Regional Rescue Service of the Arkhangelsk region. The program of the school also includes discussions, presentations of graduate works of postgraduate students, visits to regional organizations and research centers and laboratories of NArFU.