Summer schools


Larch forest in Eastern Siberia plays an essential part in global carbon budget because of the vast area of its coverage. Deciduous larch trees are dominant in this region, and the forest is established on permafrost. This short course in Field Science is planned for themes on those unique futures of the forest, concerned with the global change.

This course will provide experiences for all attendants to conduct a mini research project which includes field observation, analyses of the obtained data, and presentation of the results on the last day of the course. During the short course, the basic knowledge of the ecosystem will be given in several lectures red by leading researchers in respective fields of science. In this short course, however, not only lectures but also discussions, conversation, and communication with researchers from the wide variety of scientific fields are important. Practical knowledge of scientific equipment usage and effective field-work skills will also be obtained during the courses.

We also expect that this experience will give great opportunities for students and post-doctoral researchers, who have conducted research in a variety of fields, through having language practice both English, Russian and Japanese etc., to learn new terminology and modern scientific vocabulary.

The School is organized by joint Russian-Japanese educational project of Hokkaido University, Japan and International Educational and Scientific Center for Biogeochemistry and Climatology BEST (Biogeochemistry Educational & Scientific Trainings) of North-Eastern Federal University (IC BEST NEFU), Russia and Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science (IBPC SB RAS), Russia.

The project is sponsored by Office of International Affairs, Hokkaido University (Japan) and co-sponsored by North-Eastern Federal University (Russia) and Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone (Russia).

Leaders of the Project: Atsuko SUGIMOTO – Professor, Hokkaido University. (Japan) and Trofim MAXIMOV – Director of IC BEST, NEFU (Russia)and Head of Lab. for biogeochemical cycles of permafrost ecosystems, IBPC SB RAS (Russia).

Purpose of the Short Course in Field Science:

(1)  To experience field works in high latitude region;

(2)  To offer opportunities for participants who have research themes on the basis of field science in Environmental Science, Earth System Science, and Ecological Science, to have a wide range of understanding and knowledge of their own area of expertise, broadens the range of the knowledge, and discussions with researchers;

(3)  For students, who are not specialized in field sciences described above, to offer the opportunities to experience field works, promote a better understanding of field observations, advance to joint research, and have fruitful experience and discussion. We welcome the students as trainees specializing in laboratory work or modeling work, and also students who have no experience of field works;

(4)  Some of the participants will join laboratory short course held at Sapporo (Japan), and experience a series of research with a combination of field and laboratory works.

The language of lectures and seminars: English

To undergo practical field studies it is necessary to bring field boots, warm clothes, rain gear, insect repellent, flashlight, hygienic accessories, towels and all other necessary items for at least a week stay at Spasskaya Pad Scientific Forest Station. Accommodation, including bed, meals and drinking water will be provided.

Upon summer school completion the students will get Certificates of international Summer School.

!!! The Program of the School is subject to change due to weather and other circumstances !!!

Target group: Bachelor, Master, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Students interested in biogeochemical cycles and permafrost ecosystems.

Documents to be submitted:

- Motivation letter;
- Recommendation letter from a supervisor;
- Copy of the passport;
- Academic records;
- List of publications;
- Portfolio.

Duration: 1 week.

Dates:  first half of August 2018 (the exact date will be announced later).

Participation: only for students of NEFU and Hokkaido University (see above).

Deadline for registration: not specified yet

Contact personAnna Strekalovskaia