Kolarctic Day at NArFU, the workshop hosted by the Boiling Point of NArFU, has presented the best cases of the local participation in the Cross-Border Cooperation Program KOLARCTIC.
Arkhangelsk Region joined the program in 2010 and has ever since been an active promoter of the project method, contributing to the introduction of the best technologies on regional platforms through the collaborative effort of businesses, universities, research teams, executive authorities and sectors of economy.
One project, FAMARB: Facility Management of Residential Buildings in Barents Region, has come up with the new concept for residential management efficiency. AgroFore: Agroforestry in Barents Region aims to bring together agricultural and forestry technologies, while DIT4BEARS: Disruptive Information Technologies for Barents Euro-Arctic Region and NABL: Northern Axis — Barents Link seek to promote the latitudinal transport corridor and cross-border mobility in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. The latter project is tasked also with estimating the feasibility of wind energy in the remote areas along the Northern Axis and Barents Link international transport corridors and further along the Northern Sea Route.
This and 47 other projects joined the Kolarctic family during 2014-2020. Of these, 17 are partnered by Arkhangelsk Region and 12 involve M.V. Lomonosov NARFU. All of them are recipients of grant funding. Olga Klisheva, Kolarctic Coordinator for Arkhangelsk Region and Nenets Autonomous Area :
«Of particular note is the role of Northern Arctic Federal University. In this program period, NArFU is an absolute leader in terms of the number of projects that it partners. No other organization in any of the four Kolarctic member states has shown the participation rate as high as this. Congratulations! This is indicative of the fact that NArFU has a team of scientists, researchers and project administrators who have done a really great job to build a competence enabling them to lead the international project teams.»
The research being conducted by NArFU Higher School of Engineering Department of Composite Materials and Environmental Engineering, serves as basis for DeConcrete: Eco-Efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation — the project aiming to promote recycling as a way to achieve sustainable environmental management. Demolition concrete can be a good alternative to the naturally occurring materials that are used as mineral additives in binders and aggregates.
The issue should be a shared concern, goes Kolarctic’s core criterion for evaluating project proposals — the concern that spans beyond an organization or a region and is experienced by all the northern areas, caused by their remoteness, isolation or extreme climatic conditions. Another project, Ice Operations, involves the research effort from several schools and departments of NArFU.
The key topics of Kolarctic projects span engineering, cold climate construction, Arctic monitoring, agroforestry, information technologies, and forest management practices. The projects in these areas are being contributed by Northern Arctic Federal University in cooperation with the key partner countries.
The total grant funding received by NArFU over the past three years is estimated at RUB 100 million. These funds have been used to support the research teams and purchase cutting-edge technologies. In project activities and international programs, the role of universities has always been that of a driver. The program period of 2021-2027 sees universities as partners of special priority. Importantly, this new period will enjoy even greater financial support.