Tomsk Polytechnic University officially joins a cooperative network UArctic

At the second Congress of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) 2018 which is currently held in Finland, Tomsk Polytechnic University has officially become a member of the UArctic. UArctic is a cooperative network uniting today over 200 universities, scientific and research institutions and industrial companies engaged in research in the Arctic region. Academic institutions joined the UArctic network have an opportunity to use all resources, services and research of each other to design degree programs that could be relevant and available for students and faculty.

Photo: Juha Sarkkinen.

Presentation of candidates and their admission are held from 3 to 7 September 2018 at the UArctic Council within the annual UArctic Congress. TPU delegation headed by the Russian oceanographer, RAS Associate Member, TPU professor Igor Semiletov takes part in the events. On the eve, he presented Tomsk Polytechnic University and research carried out by TPU researchers.

Photo: Prof. Igor Semiletov.

TPU is actively engaged in research of Northern territories. In 2016, the International Arctic Siberian Scientific Center was established on the basis of TPU. The University scientists carry out a large research project The Siberian Arctic Shelf as a Source of Greenhouse Gases of Planetary Significance, which was supported by the grants of the RF Government (led by TPU professor Igor Semiletov) and of the Russian Science Foundation (led by TPU SRF Natalia Shakhova).

Photo: The International Arctic Forum, TPU, November 2016.

In recent years, on the TPU platform, the scientific team headed by Igor Semiletov and partners from Stockholm University have run five full-scale summer and winter complex expeditions to the Eastern Arctic Seas, including a 90-day expedition onboard a Swedish scientific icebreaker Oden (Jule-October 2014) and a 45-day expedition onboard a Russian research ship Academician Lavrentiev (September-November 2016), two oceanographic expeditions with core drilling of the Laptev Sea fast ice (March-April 2014 and 2015), and a 30-day expedition from Obskaya Bay upstream of the Ob River to the city of Tomsk and back (June-July 2016).  

The next research expedition across the East Arctic Seas will start on 21 September 2018 from the city of Arkhangelsk (Russia). 70 researchers from TPU, Stockholm University, the Pacific Oceanological Institute of FEB RAS, Moscow State University, FEFU, the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, and research institutes of RAS will work on the ship Academician Mstislav Keldysh.

The agenda of UArctic Congress includes a scientific conference and such key events as the Council meeting, the rectors’ forum, a student forum, and meetings of dedicated networks and institutes of the University of the Arctic.

This year the main topics of the Congress are devoted to the environmental protection, communications, meteorological cooperation, and education. The event will highlight the topics and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

At the scientific sessions, participants will discuss problems in Arctic education, education of next-generation leaders on Arctic and global issues, innovative cooperation in flight safety management in the Arctic, a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity and its relationship with human security in the Arctic, the development of Arctic tourism: prospects and challenges, ongoing studies of extractive industries and sustainability in the Arctic and many others.