The Arctic Floating University project has recently completed its first ever online lecture course.
Due to the current coronavirus crisis this year’s expedition has been postponed until 2021, and the traditional training course usually delivered onboard expanded and transferred online. The course started in June, lasted for a month and included 15 lectures on Arctic research, exploration and cooperation. The lectures were attended by over 100 participants from Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the USA and Finland.
Among the lecturers were NArFU professors, Russian Academy of Sciences research fellows, representatives of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison (USA), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, ROSHYDROMET and other leading institutions. The subjects discussed encompassed Arctic historical, cultural and natural heritage, climate change, Arctic birds, oceanology in the high Arctic, oil distribution among Arctic indigenous peoples, indigenous economy and many others.
The course also included a virtual classroom providing insight into the history of the expeditionary project and offering various Arctic-related quizzes.
The students provided their feedback highlighting the convenience of the format, the high professionalism of the professors and the project’s relevance. Many of them also expressed their intent to join the next year’s expedition.
The lectures are available on the Arctic Floating University's Youtube channel.