1 September 2014
10th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering
A delegation of 21 MPI scientists led by Director, Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak, attended the 10th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering in Harbin, China, 22-24 August. The International Symposium on
Permafrost Engineering (ISPE) is organized by the Melnikov Permafrost Institute (Yakutsk, Russia), the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (Lanzhou, China), and the Heilongjiang Institute of Cold Region Engineering (Harbin, China) to provide a forum for discussion of permafrost engineering issues, as well as for exchange of practical experience in construction and maintenance of infrastructure on frozen ground. Since the first meeting in Chita in 1993, the symposiums have been held once every two or three years alternately in Russia and China. The local organizer of the 10th Symposium, the Heilongjiang
University, brought together over 300 researchers and practitioners to report their latest research advances and findings in frozen soil mechanics, engineering construction in permafrost regions, frost-resistant technology in hydraulic engineering, and permafrost, ice and snow monitoring.
After the Symposium, the MPI delegation visited the Heilongjiang Institute of Cold Region Engineering and the Heilongjiang University, which resulted in signing of bilateral MOUs on scientific cooperation. By invitation of Prof. Wei Ma, Mikhail Zhelezniak and his assistant for international relations, Lilia Prokopieva, visited the CAREERI Institute in Lanzhou to discuss opportunities for further collaboration. The parties agreed to explore the possibility for joint projects and to conclude a MOU during this September.
For more information on the ISPE series, click here.
RAS Siberian Branch and Sakha/Yakutia Government Open the New Arctic Station on Samoylov Island
On 23 September 2013, the Presidium of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) and the Government of the Republic of Sakha/Yakutia held a joint session to officially open the new Arctic research station on Samoylov Island. The opening ceremony was attended by the Vice President of Yakutia, Dmitry Glushko, the Deputy Chairman of SB RAS, Academician Mikhail Epov, the Chairman of Far-Eastern Branch RAS, Academician Valentin Sergienko, the Head of the Potsdam Research Unit of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, and the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Novosibirsk, Neithart Hoefer-Wissing. The official delegation was welcomed by the Head of Samoylov Station, Fedor Sellyakhov, the Director of the Arctic Centre and Vice Director of the Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev, and the Chief Engineer of SB RAS, Vitaly Mikheev.
The Samoylov station complex was officially handed over from Spetsstroy Rossii to the SB RAS. As of today, the station has all life-support systems in operation, as well as scientific equipment and vehicles in place. Internet access (wired and Wi-Fi), satellite phone communication, radio and TV are available.
24 June 2013
Young Permafrost Scientists Conference Begins in Yakutsk
The geocryological conference has begun today at the Melnikov Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk as part of the Third Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists. The conference will run until the 27th June and cover a broad range of topics, from regional and historical geocryology to safe management of northern infrastructure.
The conference will be followed a field trip to the Verkhoyansk Mountains to examine permafrost, periglacial, hydrological and glacial processes and road management problems in the mountainous environment.
The Forum commemorates the 140th birthday of M.I. Sumgin, the founder of geocryology, and the 150th birthday of V.A. Obruchev, the first director of the Permafrost Institute in Moscow.
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.
New MPI Director
Dr. Mikhail Zhelezniak has taken office as Director of the Melnikov Permafrost Institute, following the formal approval by the Presidium of the
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