As part of The 9th All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference "Development of the North-Arctic Region: History and Traditions of the Arctic Peoples in Changing Climatic Conditions" held on April 29-30, 2021, on the basis of NArFU the first launch of the short-term professional development program "The Humanitarian Dimension of the Russian Arctic" has been successfully implemented. The program was organised by the Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication of NArFU, as there is a demand for advanced training of university teachers and researchers in this particular subject area.
The professional development program, implemented at the Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication of NArFU in April 2021 on the basis of the Polyglot Linguistic Centre, had two thematic specialisations "Language, Culture, Traditions" and "Law, Politics, Social sphere". This made it possible to take into account the subject specialisation of the listeners, along with general issues that are interesting for representatives of different research areas.
For the first launch of the program, an experimental composition of young promising lecturers from NArFU (Arkhangelsk), the Russian Arctic National Park (Novaya Zemlya — Arkhangelsk) and the Clarivate Company (Moscow) specializing in Arctic research was proposed. Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Law of NArFU M. Zadorin presented the results of the legal analysis of legislative initiatives in the field of ethnic and cultural policy at the federal, regional and public levels (on the example of the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation). Associate Professor of the Philosophy and Sociology Department of NArFU M. Nenasheva spoke about the social adaptation of the inhabitants of the Russian Arctic to climate change.
Head of the Historical and Cultural Heritage Department at the Russian Arctic National Park E. Ermolov presented the materials of Arctic expeditions including those obtained through his work in the Arctic. V. Sosedova, Clarivate Training Specialist (Moscow) introduced the participants of the master class to the Arctic-related journals indexed in the Web of Science database and talked about some tools for searching and preparing publications for such journals. O. Pechinkina (Department of English Philology, Nordic Languages and Language Pedagogy of NArFU) and I. Zashikhina (Philosophy and Sociology Department of NArFU) spoke about scientific publications based on the results of social and humanitarian research in the Arctic.
12 people from Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Moscow and Perm successfully completed the training program. The wide geographical coverage of the participants was possible because of the online format of the program. Listeners had the opportunity to take part in online lectures and master classes of professional development, as well as to get acquainted with them through recordings of events on the conference website. Professional development ended with testing and filling out a reflexive questionnaire. The participants of the program showed good and excellent test results and quite highly appreciated their professional growth in the subject of the program.
In the reflexive questionnaires, the participants noted that the program was useful and informative: "Everything turned out to be compact, intense, diverse", "Thank you for the course, it was very interesting", "Now we have ideas for further work and research".
The program's listeners were particularly interested in the performances of E. Ermolov and V. Sosedova. They noted the ability to work with the audience and the presence of practical illustrations (for example, in the presentations of M. Zadorin, M. Nenasheva). The participants recommended to continue such experience in the future and to offer programs of similar subjects with new content in a year, so that the participants of the program could continue to improve their skills in this direction.