International Summer School “Monitoring and Early Warnings in Water Governance”

Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk, Russia), with the support from the Erasmus+ Jean-Monnet program of the European Union, is organising the international summer school “Monitoring and Early Warnings in Water Governance” in July 10–23, 2017.

The school will be the second in the series of summer schools to be organised from 2016 to 2018 under the Jean-Monnet project “Systems for monitoring and responses to early warnings — EU experience for Russia”.

The School faculty includes the resident faculty of Siberian Federal University and guests from Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden (the list of faculty will be published in the late February).

Location of the School

The Summer School on water governance is organised by Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk, Russia). It is designed as a research training exercise, with the Krasnoyarsk Water Reservoir (also known as the Sea of Krasnoyarsk, the Eurasia-largest water reservoir) on the river of Yenisei and the lake of Baikal (the world largest freshwater body) set as case studies.

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The School will include research methodology training and group work on multidisciplinary research projects. Transfer to Baikal will involve an overnight train trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The main program (July 12-23, 2017) will be preceded by 2-day optional introductory classes (July 10-11, 2017).

Water governance involves significant analytical and normative uncertainty not at least due to complex biophysical set-ups, such as interdependencies between land- and water-use, complex institutional networks, and different upstream and downstream challenges. In order to steer progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs), of which many relate directly or indirectly to water, governance actors require effective science-policy interfaces capable of timely recognition and communication of early warnings, backed by effective monitoring networks, including citizen science arrangements.
This summer school will build research capacity and strengthen science-policy interactions for addressing these issues in Siberia and beyond. The target audience are early-stage researchers, civil servants and NGO activists involved in the management of freshwater ecosystems. The focus will be on monitoring, reporting and verification systems for water and ecosystem governance, recognition of early warnings and development of science-policy interfaces. This discussion will be primarily based on the EU experience. It will be analysed for its applicability in Russian (in particular Siberian) socio-economic, political and biophysical context.

The school will be held at the Baikal Lake and the Krasnoyarsk water reservoir (Sea of Krasnoyarsk) in Russia. The participants will be engaged in group projects on a specific water/aquatic ecosystem-related issue in relation to the SDG agenda; the locations provide reach opportunities for setting-up case studies encompassing the range of topics.

  • Application deadline — May 31, 2017
  • Arrivals to Krasnoyarsk — July 9, 2017
  • International Summer School 2017 (educational program) — July 10-22, 2017
  • Departures from Krasnoyarsk — July 23, 2017

Application deadline: May 31, 2017
Duration: 2 weeks (3 ECTS)
Arrivals to Krasnoyarsk: July 9, 2017
International Summer School 2017 (educational program): July 10-22, 2017
Departures from Krasnoyarsk: July 23, 2017
Language: English
Participation fee: 280 USD *
Entry requirements: Graduate and post-graduate students interested in social-ecological issues of biodiversity management and governance, and governance of natural resources in general
Additional information: Invitation letter for a Russian study visa is provided by the University

*Participation fee (280 USD) includes accommodation, meals, printing materials and transfer between the venues of the Summer School except for the Krasnoyarsk-Irkutsk-Krasnoyarsk return railway ticket.

  • Conference abstracts are submitted by July 1, 2017, with “summer school 2017” in the subject line; the file names should be given as follows: “family name of the first author_2017”, e.g. “berezina_2017” (in Latin characters!).
  • The abstracts shall be submitted in English, as .rtf files.
  • The lengths of the text body is up to 2000 characters (spaces included); the abstract also may include up to 2 figures, 1 table and list of references (table contents, references and titles of figures and tables are not included in the character count).
  • The abstract shall contain: the title (centred, in capital letters), author initials and family name, affiliation, including the mailing address and the author’s e-mail, text body, list of references (up to 5).
  • Decimals shall be dot-separated, taxanomic units are marked in italics, the authors of the taxanomic units are not marked.
  • Tables and figures with their titles shall be inserted to the text body; in addition, figures shall be enclosed to the submission as .jpg files with picture resolution at least 300 dpi; the file names of the figures shall correspond to figure numbers (e.g. Figure1.jpg); all the lines shall be at least 2 pixels-wide; complex formulas shall be drawn in MS Equation.
  • Abbreviations shall be avoided, except regular ones; if necessary to use, the abbreviations shall be explained once first mentioned; the International System of Units (SI) shall be applied throughout.
  • The list of reference shall alphabetised, first titles in Cyrillic, and then in Latin (if applicable);
    • book references shall include author names (family names, then the initials), book title, sit of the publisher, the publisher, publishing year, total number of pages in the book;
    • references to paper volumes or conference proceedings include author names (family names, then the initials), paper or abstract title, volume or conference title, sit of the publisher, the publisher, publishing year, pages of the paper or the abstract;
    • references to journal papers and other periodicals contain author names (family names, then the initials), paper title, year, volume and issue numbers, pages of the paper.
  • References in the text body are inserted in round brackets and include the author’s family name (or the first author’s family name followed by et al) and the year of publication.

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