8 July 2014
On 7 July 2014, representatives of the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) – Russia visited the MPI to establish contacts and learn about the research centers in Yakutia. The delegation included Dr Marina Sokolova, Senior Innovation Advisor and Tatiana Iakovleva, Senior Science Reports Writer in SIN-Russia, and Hannah Lewis, Second Secretary Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon, Climate Security, British Embassy Moscow. The meeting was hosted by the MPI Director, Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak who made an introduction on the Institute. Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev presented Arctic research activities at the Samoylov Station. Yuri Skachkov talked about current variations in climate and permafrost temperature in Yakutia and Dr. Viktor Shepelev talked on the effects of climate fluctuations on permafrost and related processes. The meeting was followed by a tour about the Institute with visits to the Underground Laboratory and the Museum of the History of Permafrost Studies.
The Science and Innovation Network (SIN) in Russia, based in the British Embassy in Moscow, was launched in February 2010 in order to further engage Russia’s brightest scientists in collaboration with the very best UK based scientists using targeted programmes and projects funded by BIS’s Global Partnership Fund. One of the SIN Russia’s long term goals is for Russia to be more strongly aware of the UK’s offer as a world-class place to carry out R&D in Space science, Composites, Accelerator science and Arctic/Polar research and Innovation. Also SIN Russia works to encourage Russia to publish more of its research in international peer reviewed journals.