International Forum of Young Scientists


Global and Local Context

25-27 May
2022 Arkhangelsk

Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, North-West Russia) is pleased to announce the International Forum of Young Scientists “Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context” that will be held on 25-27 May, 2022 in Arkhangelsk.

This year the event is held under the auspices of the Russia’s Chairmanship at the Arctic Council 2021-2023 and aligns with its priority areas namely: Arctic people, including indigenous peoples of the North; environmental protection and climate change issues; socio-economic development of the region and strengthening the Arctic Council.

The highlight of the Forum remains NArFU annual International PhD School which serves a platform for young researchers to share their knowledge with the leading Russian and foreign scientists, high-officials, project managers and practitioners about the current global and local Arctic agenda.


The participants will have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge about the Arctic Region in various scientific fields, learn about the large-scale industrial and environmental Arctic projects, participate in discussions and workshops, present their research projects addressing the key challenges of the Arctic Region development and exploration.

Under the supervision of the leading experts and scientists from Russia and abroad the young scholars will address the following topics during the Forum:

1. Russian Arctic agenda 2035;
2. Logistics and transport systems in the Arctic
3. Environmental challenges and risk management in the Arctic
4. Local communities in the changing region environment
5. Geopolitics and international relations in the Arctic

Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue will contribute to facilitating international collaboration and Arctic science diplomacy and open new horizons for young scholars in developing their research and professional career in serving the Arctic community.

Mode: Online (Zoom platform)

Eligible participants: PhD students and early-career researchers from the HEIs of Arctic and non-Arctic countries Master and Bachelor students are invited for an off-line session in Arkhangelsk. The working language is Russian.

Language of instruction: English


The Forum Programme includes lectures, discussions panels, students presentation sessions


all prospective participants are asked to fill in the application form, indicate the topic of the research project and attach its abstract to the application form.
The deadline for application is 12th April 2022.


3 ECTS (certificate of participation; transcript of records upon request)


Financing: No participation fee is charged.


Alexander Sergunin

Alexander Sergunin,

Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Department of International Relations Theory & History, St. Petersburg State University.

Research interests: Arctic policies, different aspects of international cooperation in the High North. Most recent book-length publications include Konyshev V.N., Sergunin A.A. Contemporary US Arctic policy. St. Petersburg: Galart+ Publishing House, 2021.

Alexander Pilyasov

Alexander Pilyasov,

DSc. in Geography, Professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography of Foreign Countries, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, CEO, Institute of Reginal Consulting.

For many years he has been Chairman/Deputy Chairman of the Social and Economic Section of the Federation Council’s Expert Council on the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as a member of the Working Group of the Expert Council on Regulations for the Development of the High North and Equivalent Areas, Far East and the Russian Arctic. Research interests: regional economics, economic geography, regional politics, North studies. Author of over 250 research papers on the social and economic development of the Russian North, regions and cities in the context of post-industrial transformation. Editor of the collective monograph “Arctic Exploration 2.0: Continuing the Traditions of Soviet Research”

Matthias Finger

Matthias Finger,

Ph.D. in Political Science, Professor Emeritus in charge of Digital Governance and Regulation, Center for Digital Trust at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Research interests: liberalization, re-regulation, and governance of infrastructures in the transport, energy, and communications sectors.

Vasilii Erokhin

Vasilii Erokhin,

D.Sc. (Ec.), Associate Professor at the Arctic Blue Economy Research Center, Harbin Engineering University, China.

Research interests: international trade, globalization, and sustainable development with a focus on emerging markets, developing countries, and economies in transition (author of over 200 publications); sustainable development of Arctic resources, shipping and trade routes in the Arctic.

Arild Moe

Arild Moe,

PhD, Research professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway. 

Research interests: Russia, its energy sector and energy policy; Arctic shipping, with emphasis on political and legal conditions for navigation on the Northern Sea Route.

Aleksey Kokorin

Aleksey Kokorin,

PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Climate and Energy Programme Director, WWF-Russia. Currently Alexey Kokorin is working under the Russian-German project of the RF Ministry of Nature Resources and Ecology and WWF that aspires to develop protected areas in the Russian Arctic with climate change adaptation (2017 – 2023).

Research interests: climate change (over 40 years of experience, over 180 research papers), international climate cooperation, and education and science popularization, renewable energy in the Arctic. Background: • Before 2000 – Leading Researcher at Moscow State University, Institute of Global Climate and Ecology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Roshydromet; • 2007 - Awarded by Nobel Peace Prize for popularization of climate science. • Lead Author of the IPCC; • 2016-2017 - WWF Project Lead for renewable energy development analysis for off-grid Arctic settlements; • 2017-2018 – leader of the “Forest and Climate“ project funded by RF President grant and focusing on the development of an interactive lesson for school students; • 2019-2021 - research adviser for Barents youth climate change awareness project (WWF and Northern (Arctic) Federal University).

Pavel Gudev

Pavel Gudev,

Ph.D. in History, the Leading Research Fellow at the North American Studies Center Primakov’s Institute of World Economy and International Relations Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS), Russia.

Research interests: global ocean governance, ocean policy, Arctic politics, law of the sea, Russia-West relations in maritime domain, maritime security. Author and co-editor of several collective monographs, author of more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Maxim Gutenev

Maxim Gutenev,

PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Foreign Regional Studies, South Ural State University (National Research University). Currently a member of the Russian polar explorers Association and Head of the Russian Regional Association of Political Science.

Author of over 35 articles on political science. Research interests: political science, international Arctic policy and Russian policy, science diplomacy in the Arctic. Background: • 2016-2017 – member of the Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS); • 2019 – winner of the Presidential grant for young scientists for research in Arctic science diplomacy; • 2020 - organizer of the forum “Arctic: Made in Russia” in Arkhangelsk; • 2022 – winner (as a member of a research group) of the Russian Scientific Society grant for the implementation of the project “Creating an Optimal Model of Russian Science Diplomacy in the Arctic: Theoretical Approaches, Priorities, Tools».

Konstantin Zaikov

Konstantin Zaikov,

Ph.D., Vice-Rector for International Cooperation at NArFU, Russia. 

Research fields include research and educational policy, socio-economic development of the High North and the Arctic. Coordinator of the research and educational project «Arctic Floating University». 

Marina Nenasheva

Marina Nenasheva

Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, Northern Arctic Federal University, Russia.

Field of expertise: sustainable development, environmental and social impact assessment, socio-economic adaptation to multiple changes in the Arctic (Russian North).

Alexander Saburov

Alexander Saburov,

PhD in History, Director, Arctic Center for Strategic Studies, Associate Professor, World History Department, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Executive Secretary, National Arctic Research and Educational Consortium.

Research interests: history of Arctic exploration, current developments in the Arctic. Background: • Member of projects on staff training monitoring for the Russian Arctic supported by the RF Ministry of Education and Science. • 2017-2018 - organizer and participant of research and educational expeditions “Arctic Floating University”. • 2012-2016 - Head of NArFU International Projects Unit.

Maksim Zadorin

Maksim Zadorin,

PhD in Jurisprudence, Associate Professor, Department of International Law and Comparative Jurisprudence, Northern (Arctic) Federal University.

Research interests: human rights; collective rights; indigenous peoples’ rights; Arctic law; legal regulation of the interethnic relations; legal framework of migration policy in the Arctic; international public law; Russian constitutional law


Arkhangelsk region is located in northern European Russia on the shore of the White Sea. It includes the Arctic archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. The city of Arkhangelsk was founded in 1584. It has a population of about 350 thousand people and is the administrative center of the region. It is a historic seaport city which has interesting activities to offer and places to visit. It lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina River near its exit into the White Sea. The city stretches for about 40 km (25 miles). Peter the Great contributed immensely to the development of Arkhangelsk as a center of sea and river navigation and shipbuilding.

In 1693 he founded the first shipyard on Solombala island where the first ship “Saint Paul” was launched in 1694. In commemoration to this outstanding contribution, monument to Peter the Great was erected in 1911 on the Northern Dvina Embankment. The Arkhangelsk region is called the White Nights Land. From the middle of May and almost to the end of July to the north of Polar Circle the sun never disappears behind the horizon.

It is regarded as a mysterious phenomenon that attracts visitors and adds to a special atmosphere of the city. Nowadays Arkhangelsk is an administrative, business and cultural center of the Arkhangelsk region. Historical monuments, museums and beauty of its landscapes attract lots of tourists from Russian cities and from abroad annually. More information at Pomorland travel

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