23 November 2021
PhD Dissertation Defense Announcement
The Dissertation Council D003.025.01 at MPI authorized by the Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Attestation Committee to award degrees in geography, geology & mineralogy, and engineering in the fields of engineering geology, geocryology, and geotechnical engineering will hold its meetings on November 24 to 26, 2021 for public defense of five doctoral dissertations. The defenses will be conducted online over Zoom and can be viewed live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHFqU0efDHF1OGnJhcA7qwg
November 24, 2021
09:00 Tatiana Vinokurova, Melnikov Permafrost Institute “Numerical modeling of anthropogenic changes to the permafrost thermal regime using inverse problem methods”
14:30 Dinara Davletshina, Moscow State University “Formation and decomposition of gas hydrates in permafrost”
November 25, 2021
09:00 Ivan Vakhrin, Melnikov Permafrost Institute “Thaw strain of frozen soils and changes in their physical properties in one-dimensional consolidation tests”
14:30 Sergei Grebenkin, Moscow State University “Changes in the gas permeability of sediments associated with ice and hydrate formation”
14:30 Aleksei Gunar, Moscow State University “Selecting optimal solutions to ensure integrity of oil pipelines on permafrost”
October 11, 2021
Mikhail Grigoriev Receives Germany’s Order of Merit
Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev, MPI Deputy Director, was honoured with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his significant contributions to research cooperation between Germany and Russia. The award was presented by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Novosibirsk, Bernd Finke, at a ceremony in the MPI’s conference hall on October 6, 2021. The Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeir awarded Dr. Grigoriev on September 3, 2020, but the ceremony of bestowal was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Order of Merit was also conferred to Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, former Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Potsdam Unit, who regretfully was unable to attend the ceremony in Yakutsk. In his welcoming speech, Mr. Finke pointed out Dr. Grigoriev’s role in the initiation and implementation of joint Russian–German research programs, including the annual Lena Expedition which marked its 25th anniversary last year, as well as many international Arctic research projects based on the Samoylov Island station. This long-standing cooperation, he noted, has enhanced academic exchange between the two countries and contributed appreciably to the international awareness of climate change issues.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. Previous recipients from Russia include Daniil Granin, Mikhail Piotrovsky and Academician Vladimir Fortov.
27 September 2021
Session on Permafrost Monitoring at the III Northern Sustainable Development Forum
The III This roundtable discussion can be joined via Zoom
Meeting ID: 884 1725 6994
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15 July 2021
Sixth FYPS Completed Successfully
For the sixth time, MPI hosted the Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists (FYPS) which was first held in 2008 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Academician Pavel Melnikov, the founder of Siberian geocryology, first president of the International Permafrost Association and first director of MPI. The Forum was then held in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2018 attended by young researchers from across Russia and abroad (CIS, USA, China, Japan, and France). The FYPS–2021 included a four-day conference from 29 June to 2 July with online and offline presentations by early career scientists from research institutes and universities of Yakutsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, Tyumen, Sheffield and Potsdam. The conference was followed by a field trip to periglacial sand dunes in the Vilyui River basin with lectures on cryostratigraphy, periglacial landscapes, and groundwater, river and lake systems in permafrost terrain.