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The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is an international network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations involved in education and science in the North. UArctic, following the motto "Strong North-by common efforts", supports residents of the circumpolar North, provides them with unique educational and research opportunities on the platform of a powerful partner network.

 

About 30 young scientists, postgraduate students and masters from universities in the Krasnoyarsk Territory have won a research project contest sponsored by the local science foundation. They will be awarded 200-thousand-ruble grants that will finance development projects in the Arctic and the Extreme North.The young specialists should complete their research projects within a year and their performance will be assessed by a regional expert council. In all, the contest fund for Arctic studies amounts to 5.5 million rubles.

The grant-winning projects focused on energy efficiency, rational use of natural resources, production and medical technologies, new materials adapted to the northern climate, and innovative education.

“On the one hand, the Arctic is rich in precious resources, but on the other, it needs protection from mounting man-made impacts. Studying climate change is also of much importance. All these vectors are reflected in the Arctic Development Strategy approved by the Presidential Executive Order and in the scientific exploration of the northern territories,” Executive Director of the Krasnoyarsk Territory’s Science Foundation Irina Panteleyeva explained.

Russia has launched a new online platform изменениеклимата.рф that will allow school and university students, environmental activists and anyone who is interested to receive the latest scientific information on climate change. Anyone can learn how to acclimatize, how to contribute to countering climate change and to adapt to its consequences in everyday life.The project was launched as a result of international cooperation of many world organizations and leading universities from different countries.

Information is presented in an interactive format. The project includes several options.

— Play-based lessons for school students in grades 1-4 and grades 5-11, each of which contains a detailed scenario, animated presentation, cards for play-based assignments, an instruction booklet, a methodological guide and video instructions. In addition to the universal information block for all Russian regions, this section includes lessons on regional climate change in the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions and the Nenets Autonomous Area.

— An international distance course on climate change around the world and the risks and damage from climate change in different countries, in the framework of which leading German experts consider the issue from different perspectives: physical, economic and social.

— Lectures on the entire range of climate issues — natural and anthropogenic climate change, trends and forecasts for Russia and the world. Some lectures are devoted to specific topics: the Arctic and the Paris Climate Agreement; the Arctic regions of Russia – the Arkhangelsk and Murmansk regions and the Nenets Autonomous Area; and also to subjects like “Forest and Climate” and “Adapting to Climate Change.”

— An online venue for NGOs and activists (to be launched soon).