Environmental activities of the SibFU

The campus of Siberian Federal University is surrounded by Siberian boreal forest. It is important for us to preserve the unique landscape surrounding the campus, to show the possibility of harmonious coexistence of man and nature.

That is why in the past few years we have been active in scientific research and educational work in the field of sustainable development.

It covers many scientific and technological areas essential for human well-being, a clean environment and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Our goal is to spread the ideas of green technologies for sustainable development. We make efforts to ensure that the results of our research and the latest developments in this area are gradually introduced into various spheres of life of Siberian Federal University. This helps our university students to understand that green technologies are no longer something distant, but something that has took its firm place around us. Residents of the region should see the importance of these technologies for the preservation of the worround us, should see them as a means and a possibility for making people's lives better.

In our everyday activity, we stick to the recommendations of the Agenda for the 21st century, accepted at the United Nations conference on the environment and development in 1992.

We believe that there is a need to implement our existing potential to generate a regional center of research, development and demonstration of a range of environmental and sustainable technologies.

Campus of the SibFU

Autumn Planting of the “Studgorodok” Area of the Campus Have Been Completed

Over 800 trees and shrubs were planted in the first phase of the campus landscaping of Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk city campus.

«To decorate the entrance area we chose the bright and lasting blossom apple and lilac trees, cotoneaster will perform the role of hedge, and the transition from training to the recreational area will be filled by coniferous trees» — the vice-rector of SibFU Roman Shorokhov said.

Environmental Quiz for Students of SibFU

September 30, 2016. The university hosted the annual youth environmental FSC-Friday. Traditionally the Youth Union of SibFU organizes the event and draws the attention of students of SibFU to forest issues. The event was supported by two international organizations: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). All participants were invited to attend the event.

23 teams took part in the Eco-quiz, enjoyed a multitude of positive emotions and spent the Friday night with benefit!

KhTI Opened a Students Garden Square

The opening of the first part of the Student Garden Square took place in Khakassia Technical Institute (KhTI) — a branch of SibFU.

The Student Garden Square was a gift for the 85th anniversary of the city of Abakan, for the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Khakassia and a significant event in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of KhTI. The next spring this place will have the Institute`s graduates avenue, lanes of the prominent manufacturers and honored builders, as well as an amphitheater. I am certain that the square will be one of the places of attraction for not only the student's youth, but for all Abakan citizens and a favorite place for a family holiday.

An Apple Alley is to Open the “Green Corridor”

SibFU launched a project for landscaping the campus of the university. The campus beautification concept was presented in early summer 2016. The first stage includes planted apple trees, shrubs of cotoneaster and pine. The implantations took place along the street named after academician Kirensky in the territory, which is not going to be affected by the construction works.

According to the concept of gardening the anthropogenic landscape is to be integrated into the natural landscape, respectively, in the direction from the city center towards the birch grove the species composition of trees and intensity of planting are to be changed.

Krasnoyarsk Citizens Will Have an Opportunity to Check the Environmental Friendliness of Personal Cars in the Framework of the Project “0% BLACK SKY”

From August 27 at SibFU parking lot every motorist of Krasnoyarsk can check the amount of the contribution his (her) car makes to the “black sky mode”. The verification of emissions for compliance with environmental standards does not take more than 10 minutes, all participants get “An emission control card” and recommendations on how to reduce harmful emissions. Owners of harmless cars will be given the ecology sticker “0% black sky!”.

The event "0% Black Sky" is organized by the Student Union Committee of SibFU and Youth headquarters of Oktyabrsky District Administration of Krasnoyarsk.

Students of the School of Architecture and Design of SibFU “Established “a Window to Nature”

Students of the School of Architecture and Design of SibFU became finalists of the All-Russian competition for the National Award in the field of ecological architecture and construction “Eko_Tektonika 2016”. The organizers of the competition established a new nomination “All Clear”. It was this nomination, where our students managed to express themselves as architects. The awarding ceremony and presentations of the projects were held in the framework of the Festival of the green architecture and ecological lifestyle in the Ecopark “Yasno Pole” (Clear Field).

“To implement the ideas we were given a platform, timber and tools: saws, hammers, screwdrivers. Our designed project had to quickly be adapted to the terrain. It was necessary to align, to hammer some piles. The most severe undertaking was polishing. The participation in the contest gave us a lot of experience, it became clear that our profession is not only about creating projects on paper, but also about testing the proposed ideas on yourself “ — the team captain Alina Stepanchenko narrates.

The installation of our girls, “Window to Nature” was the only student work, which reached the finals. Of course, the finalists receive awards. The grand prize of this contest was the participation in the Summer School of green architecture.

SibFU Has Become a Venue for Environmental FSC-Quest

September 25, 2015. A big environmental FSC-Quest was organized by the student organization “the Youth Union of SibFU” under the auspices of the Forest Stewardship Council. The quest was aimed at promoting respect for nature and people paying attention to forest issues.

The number of teams was more than last year — 23, (in 2014 the number of teams was 19)! Participants showed ingenuity, activity and showed that they are able to perform various tasks on environmental organizers in a friendly way. Each team had its own distinctive mark, the embodiment of their full imagination.

In addition to the quest, the participants read a rap, calling for respect for forests, performed a sketch about felling trees accompanied by the beatbox. All of that looked unusual and creative. The winners were awarded by tasty prizes and stylish FSC products.

Exhibition on Renewable Energy Opened a Russian-German Dialogue at SibFU

June 8, 2015. The official opening of the exhibition “Renewable Energy Sources — German Experience” was held at SibFU. The opening of the exhibition was confined to the visit of a German delegation to the Krasnoyarsk Region. The delegation was composed of representatives of the German House of Science and Innovation in Moscow, German Agency for Energy, Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg, representatives of the scientific and university community of Germany.

The technological exhibition was developed by the Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany and the German Agency for Energy. The exhibition includes about 30 presentations, which in an accessible form tell visitors about:

  • main types of renewable energy;
  • benefits of various technologies of its production;
  • principles of these technologies and their conditions of use;
  • as well as high-tech solutions in this field.

“When it comes to the field of alternative energy, Germany is now a recognized world leader: some of the technologies displayed at the exhibition are not represented in the region. But there is a growth point, there are interested companies and, most importantly, there is interest of the leadership of the region and understanding that development in this direction is vital, especially due to a reason that renewable energy is closely tied to solve both environmental and economic problems”, SibFU Rector, academician Eugene A. Vaganov said.

On behalf of the German House of Science and Innovation guests welcomed its head Dr. Gregor Berghorn. “For just 150 years humans have been burning oil and gas, used resources which nature has created over hundreds of millions of years. We can clearly see that in the future only a few decades away we will face a harsh necessity of the transition to renewable energy sources. Opening the exhibition at the largest university of eastern Russia, we want to demonstrate innovative energy technologies, which we have in Germany. I am convinced that the field of energy efficiency is a good platform for the development of cooperation between Russian and German research scientists”, — Dr. Berghorn noted.

Scientific Research Projects

  • The project “Investigation of the state and the territorial distribution of the Evenk reindeer population”
  • The study for creating the unique material of autoclaved coal pitch obtained by thermal dissolution of coal – the processing of finely divided coal and an organic solvent at high temperature and pressure
  • The project for the development of technologies of improving the environmental performance and efficiency of a coal-fired thermal power station
  • The study of power of thermal emissions of fires in the taiga forests
  • The development of a resource-saving device for the production of heat and power fueled by waste products
  • The study of botanical gardens to assess factors influencing the intensivity of colonization of plants by insects
  • The research on energy transfer in molecular aggregates and complexes of the photosynthetic leaves of living plants
  • The development of the automated systems of agricultural monitoring for the municipal districts of the Krasnoyarsk Region
  • The mathematical model of adaptation of living beings to the environment
  • The project of the nationwide data bank of wood samples
  • The study of the effect of gamma irradiation on the “sleeping” plankton in order to study the extent and consequences of human impact on the ecosystem of water bodies
  • The creation of an extensive network of stations and dendro-climatic millennial tree-ring chronologies of the Northern Eurasia
  • The project “Digital Microanatomy of Growth Rings in Physiology, Ecology, Climatology and Archeology”
  • The express-test for the determination of soil toxicity on the basis of the method of bioluminescence
  • Expeditions to Antarctica in order to accommodate the GLONASS measuring stations
  • The development of a 3D-projection interactive map for the complex of waste processing
  • The project “Genetic Library of Forest Insects”
  • The Red Book of Khakassia

SibFU Takes Part in the Creation of the Declaration on the Arctic

The director of the Institute of Ecology and Geography Ruslan Sharafutdinov took part in the first Congress of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) as a representative of Siberian Federal University and became one of the creators of the final declaration. The document proclaims a balance between effective development of territories, protection of nature and rights of indigenous peoples to be a key priority for all Arctic States.

Ecology of Forest Fires Has Been Discussed at SibFU

September 12, 2016 Siberian Federal University hosted the international scientific seminar “Ecology of Forest Fires”. The aim of the seminar was to discuss the problems of forest fires and their consequences for the Siberian region, as well as the development of practical recommendations for fire management and control of their distribution in the Central Siberia.

The importance of the topic was highlighted by the Head of Department of Geographic Information Systems of SibFU, Head of Laboratory of Forest Monitoring at Forest Institute named after V. N. Sukachev, professor, Doctor of Biology Vyacheslav Haruk: “In the context of the climate change, which we are now witnessing, the problem of forest fires in the boreal zone attracts more and more attention. American and European colleagues predict that there will be more fires and they will cover larger areas. There will be more catastrophic fires, covering one million hectares. Such fires were observed in 2010 in the European part of Russia and in Siberia they happen more often. Objective observations from space, which clearly show the zones traversed by fire, confirm the trend of increasing area and frequency of forest fires”.

The event was attended by staff of the Forest Institute named after V. N. Sukachev and research scientists of School of Ecology and Geography of SibFU. Lectures and presentations were delivered by professors Beatriz Duguy Pedra and Ramon Vallejo Calzada (Spain) University of Barcelona and Professor, Director of the Regional Fire Monitoring Centre for Central Asia (Mongolia) Oyunsanaa Byambasuren.

One of the Developments of Research Scientists at SibFU Will Make Aluminum Production More Environmentally Friendly

SibFU scientists together with colleagues from the Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the SB RAS and RUSAL conduct research to create a unique material — autoclave coal tar pitch produced by thermal dissolution of coal — processing of finely ground coal and an organic solvent at high temperature and pressure. It is intended to replace coal tar pitch, which is traditionally used in the production of electrodes.

Research Scientists at SibFU Study Micro Anatomy of Tree Rings

The research team project of Siberian Federal University “Digital microanatomy of growth rings in physiology, ecology, climatology and archeology” has won the grant of the Russian Scientific Foundation in the contest aimed at supporting projects and implementation of fundamental and exploratory research, results of which will be presented by scientists at international conferences.

The team of research scientists who will work under the grant are consulted by the academician Eugene A. Vaganov. “The project is based on the current achievements of the scientific school of dendrochronology. So, for the selected core material that has been collected over the past years by Vladimir Myglan during the expeditions to the upper border of the forest of the Altai and Sayan mountains, and Tuva. Now we collected a large amount of wood material and built the longest continental Asia chronology showing a serious connection to changes in summer temperatures.

The grant will assist us in making a step forward in the use of tree rings as an indicator of climate change, — Eugene said. — The second part of the work to be undertaken within the grant refers to cooperation with foreign counterparts, and presentation of the results at major international conferences, seminars or summer schools. The project team suggests that it could be implemented already in 2017 in Russia in the framework of a large-scale international meeting under the name of the TRACE, where all European experts on tree rings come”.

SibFU Expedition Film Premiere to be Shown on the National “Russia 1” TV

June 27, 2015. The TV channel “Russia 1” will be the first channel to screen the film “Essey: the People and the Savages”. The film is based on the results of the expedition of research staff of Siberian Federal University to Evenkia for the purpose of labeling reindeer collars with satellite transmitters. The chief cameraman of the film was the associate professor of SibFU Igor Savchenko, and the director — a well-known TV journalist of the State Television and Radio Company (STRC) “Krasnoyarsk” Sergei Gerasimov. The film was made with the support of “Rosneft” company.

Competitive Selection for Participation in the Expedition “Kyzyl-Kuragino”

Russian Geographical Society announces the start of the competitive selection of volunteers among young people, who would “uncover secrets of the Valley of the Kings” and participate in the fifth field season of archaeological and geographical expeditions “Kyzyl-Kuragino”.

The purpose of the expedition is to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage in the area of construction of the railway line that will link the capital of Tuva, Kyzyl, and the Elegestskoe metallurgic close-burning coal deposit with the Kuragino Territory transportation hub of the Krasnoyarsk Region.

This unique place has monuments of different eras – from the ancient sites of the Prehistoric Man up to the medieval fortifications, including unique multi-layered settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, monuments of the Stone Age, dating back hundreds of thousands of years.

To help archaeologists to study and preserve this cultural heritage Russian Geographical Society gathers volunteers to participate in the expedition to the field camps “Ermak” (Krasnoyarsk region) and “Valley of the Kings” (Republic of Tuva).

To participate in the selection, it is necessary before March 1, 2015 to fill in the questionnaire on the site of the project.

The Arctic, Nansen and SibFU

The theme of the “Arctic”, its development and preservation is topical for SibFU scientists. So, back in 2010 SibFU hosted the international conference “Siberian North and the Arctic in the global challenges of the 21st century”. The conference was attended by nearly 200 scientists, government officials and representatives of the business community. The scientists discussed problems of the development of the Arctic in the global context, the resource potential of the Siberian North, transport infrastructure issues, international cooperation and the formation of an effective environment.

In addition, the university implemented a number of projects of economic, environmental and social orientation:

  • works on the creation of space monitoring system to study the influence caused by the increased shipping activity on considerably melted ice;
  • works on the use of the “GLONASS” technology for the needs of the Far North;
  • development of non-explosive technologies of underwater drilling;
  • works on the development of heavy-duty cold-resistant materials based onultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene, allowing to increase the working life of 3 to 11 times;
  • the development of modern technologies of housing construction, for example, the creation of eco-houses, which are based on the principle of the use of energy through biological interior components;
  • widely presented projects on creation of special transport systems for the development of the northern Russian fields;
  • representatives of the scientific work of the school of climate research under the guidance of the academician Eugene A. Vaganov are widely known far abroad;
  • SibFU Law School scientists conduct research on international legal aspects of the exploration of the Arctic and legal security of the formation of labor resources in the northern regions.

The geopolitical aspect of the Arctic exploration and problem areas in the Arctic section are in the focus of SibFU sociologists. It is worth mentioning that SibFU has the Research Center on Indigenous Peoples issues, which is engaged in research activities on indigenous peoples, the development of proposals for the state authorities of the region and municipalities to improve the quality of life of the northerners.

The Film “Native Swamp” by Scholars of SibFU Screened on a Regional TV Channel

September 21, 2013 The state television and radio channel “Krasnoyarsk” shows another documentary by scientists of SibFU called “Native Swamp” (Rodnoe Boloto) about the importance of preserving biological diversity and creation of sanctuaries “Tyukhtet-Shadatsky Wetland Complex” and “Saratov Swamp”, filmed in collaboration with a team of the regional channel.

According to the associate professor of SibFU Igor Savchenko, the film was the result of the summer expedition of ornithologists of the university to the southern and central territories of the region. It is noteworthy that “Native Swamp” is the fifth film made in association with SibFU biologists. Earlier the TV Channel “Krasnoyarsk” and the program “Unlost Paradise” (Nepoterianni Rai) already screened the films “Grouse Hunter” (Okhotnik za glukhariami), “Life by the Lake” (Zhizn u ozera), “Spring Arrives on the Wings” (Vesna priletaet na kriliakh) and “Born to Fly” (Rozhdenni letat).

All films from the series can be viewed at the “SibFU” Video website in the part “educational films”.

Method to Preserve Endangered Species of Birds Offered by Research Scientists of SibFU

Scientists of SibFU have proposed to create a natural reserve in the Sukhobuzimsky Territory to preserve the population of gray crane, the numbers of which dropped significantly in recent years. 210 species out of 382 species of birds of the Central Siberia and every forth out of 89 species of birds listed in the Red Book of Krasnoyarsk Krai were noticed within the reserve “Saratov Swamp” (Saratovskoe Boloto). The main objects of protection in addition to the gray crane include grebe, bittern, crested honey buzzard, falcon, long-toed stint, curlew and others.

The concern and long-term research of scientists on the preservation of the endangered species were supported by the grant of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry of the Krasnoyarsk Region for the organization of the state natural reserve of regional significance “Saratov Swamp”.

As part of the received grant in the spring and summer of this year a scientific expedition to the Sukhobuzimsky Territory to the “Saratov Swamp” was organized. Scientists conducted a comprehensive environmental survey of the territory:

  • they assessed the environmental conditions on air pollution by chemicals, impact on surface and ground water, natural air pollution factors;
  • they described the biological diversity of the area;
  • they gave characteristic to the flora and fauna, in particular, to vegetation, fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals;
  • they recorded economic development of the territory, conservation and threats to the common problems of the biological diversity of wildlife areas;
  • they developed a substantiation for the borders and special protection of the state and nature of the biological reserve of regional significance “Saratov Swamp”.

Obtaining of the status of a natural reserve allows “Saratov Swamp to take a series of restrictive measures, which, according to scientists, will help to improve the situation with the existence and reproduction of waterbird populations, including pre-migration groups of rare and listed in the Red Book of Russia gray crane, curlew and rail.

Expedition of Civil Engineers to Nosok Village of Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets Municipal District

In recent years, the government of the region pays serious attention to the problem of housing for the population of the northern territories. In the summer 2011 an unusual expedition was organized in the context of solving the problem. Nosok village is one of the most northern villages of the country. The village became a destination for a group of students and post-graduates of the School of Civil Engineering of SibFU.

The main goals of the expedition were as follows:

  • the development of a model of typical residential house, taking into account the needs of indigenous peoples of the north, their traditional activities, cultural features and climatic conditions;
  • the development of a model of typical northern settlement;
  • the development of measures to modernize the village of Nosok.

The tasks of the expedition were as follows:

  • gathering information about the features of the territory, local residents, their wishes, technical documentation of objects within Nosok;
  • conformity assessment of the technical state of construction of various facilities in Nosok, whether they comply with the requirements and applicable regulations or not;
  • verification of the possibility of further safe operation, taking into account any defects or damage detected by visual observation;
  • coming up with recommendations for the village planning and construction of residential buildings.

SibFU hosted Festival of Eco Vision — 2016

I Krasnoyarsk Interactive Ecological Festival Eco Vision — 2016 has been held in Siberian Federal University. The event was organized by the Committee for Natural Resources and Ecology of the Youth Advisory Council of Krasnoyarsk Territory, and School of Ecology and Geography, SibFU.

300 people attended the Eco Festival: pupils from 19 schools of Krasnoyarsk and students of 4 educational institutions from our city. During the event guests could attend:

  • public lectures on global and regional environmental problems given by lecturers from School of Ecology and Geography;
  • workshops for making stuffed toys and handicrafts from natural materials;
  • exhibition of useful stuff from recycled materials ;
  • activity for giving in waste paper, used light bulbs and batteries for recycling;
  • educational quest “A Career of an Ecologist”;
  • eco-debates on reducing the share of personal vehicles for solving environmental and social problems.

Ruslan Sharafutdinov, director of School of Ecology and Geography, told us that the main topic of the event was the responsibility of each person to protect nature. “Each guest of the event had an opportunity to take a test on ecology and check their level of awareness. I shall note that the questions were directly related to the problems typical for our region: the state of the air and water, lack of green areas and uncontrolled waste disposal. The main point is that participants started to think about a contribution each person could make to improve the environmental situation”.

According to Dmitry Zlobin, student of School of Ecology and Geography, head of the Committee for Natural Resources and Ecology of the Youth Advisory Council of Krasnoyarsk Territory, discussion on waste sorting and operation of the system in different countries was also extremely interesting and vigorous. “Experts and people from the audience debated about reduction of natural resources and environmental pollution. The speakers were from the leaders of regional public environmental organizations and a special guest from France, who gave a talk about art objects as a form of public service announcement”.

Siberian Universities Launch the Project “Energy of the Future”

“Energy of the Future” is a joint educational project of the company En + Group and the Corporate University “EuroSibEnergo”.
The project educational sessions devoted to technologies of the future will be held at Siberian Federal University and Irkutsk State Technical University. The lecturers will be delivered by eminent experts: scientists, heads of industrial companies and other professionals in the field of technology.

The project's organizers emphasize that the key assets and new projects of the holding are located in the Eastern Siberia, therefore one of the priority objectives of the project is to promote the level of general awareness of students from Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk energy studies-related universities on new technologies and trends of the development.

Krasnoyarsk session will be devoted climate and ecology issues of the project. Topics for further sessions in 2016-2017 academic year go as follows: the future of cloud computing, new technologies in the coal industry and “green”.

Summer School on Biodiversity Opened at SibFU

July 11, 2016 Siberian Federal University opened the Second International Summer School “Monitoring and Early Warning of Risks in the Management of Biodiversity”.

The school is funded by the grant of the European Union Erasmus + , the program for Jean Monnet and the Participation SibFU in the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100. Among the participants of the school there are 25 students from the educational, scientific and public organizations of Russia, India, Hungary, Italy and Iran. The teaching staff includes both representatives of the FAS (including post-docs from the Czech Republic and Spain), as well as partner organizations from Russia, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden.

According to one of the organizers of the school from the Central European University (Hungary) Anton Shkarubo, the goal of the international Summer School is a call for analysis and possible solutions to overcome the problems of economic growth and development challenges: “the science of environmental protection in today's world is becoming a multi-disciplinary environment. It weaves a lot of social and political aspects. This academic field is still relatively underdeveloped in the Russian academic tradition, while the society demanded specialists able to understand not only what occurs in nature, but in fact, why it happens and how it is related to other, non-natural processes. For example, knowledge on quite a “hipster” scientific area of early recognition and prevention of environmental problems is the exclusive knowledge that students will be able to get only in our school”.

International Summer Scientific School on Dendroecology Held in Khakassia

August 2, 2016. The International Summer Scientific School “Ecology of Plants and Digital Anatomy of Wood” opened in Abakan. The co-organizer of the school is a branch of SibFU — Khakassia Technical Institute.

The school is held in association with the Swiss National Research Institute of snow, forests and landscape (WSL) and Siberian Federal University, with the support of the Association of Studies of tree rings, Forest Institute of the SB RAS and the energy company “RusHydro”.

The participants of the school are sixty students, graduate students and young scientists from Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, as well as high school students of Abakan. During the week they will attend the lectures on basic principles and methods of dendroecology, xylem anatomy and will apply the gained knowledge on the evaluation of climatic and geomorphological processes, forest fires, forest ecosystem dynamics, hydrology and plant physiology.

The Field School of SibFU Studies Coastal Processes of Water Reservoirs

July 15, 2016. Siberian Federal University hosts the International Summer School field seminar dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk Water Reservoir filling. More than thirty participants of the seminar came to study the bottom topography and coastal processes in the reservoir.

The Head of the School, Professor of SibFU, Doctor of Geography, Galina Yamskikh pointed out that the main purpose of the school was to develop students' skills to work with modern devices in the reservoir water area: “For us it is important to test the equipment purchased for the Department of Geography. We are planning to create a youth center, a laboratory, where students, young researchers will conduct their research and monitor coastal zones of the reservoir. On the territory of the region there is a large number of reservoirs, but experts, unfortunately, are few. In the training of such experts we rely on the assistance of the invited Russian colleagues and foreign scientists-lecturers”.

Students of the Motorsport Center of SibFU Restore the Ecological Symbol

A team from the Motosport Center of SibFU are going to visit Mana Lake District (Partisansky Territory) to install a symbolic sign, marking the territory as the “Living Belt of the Planet”, where mining and construction of industrial facilities are strictly prohibited. The expedition with two cars starts on July 28, 2015.

The International Environmental Project “NEO” — “the Living Belt of the Planet” was established in 1998 on the initiative of Russian and foreign astronauts. It was then that the first zone of “the belt” was marked — the Putorana Plateau (Evenkia). The area of the plateau of more than 11 million hectares is free of all industrial activities, as they were banned by the local authorities.

In 2001 the leadership of the Partisansky Territory announced that the area of additional 81 thousand hectares is to be included into the emergency reserve of the planet. The symbol of this was the opened metal ring with a diameter of 4 meters installed on Mana Lake.

Public Lecture by British Climatologist Malcolm K. Hughes at SibFU

September 2, 2010. SibFU will become a venue for a lecture by Professor Malcolm K. Hughes from the Great Britain. The title of the lecture will be “Strange Times on Planet Earth?” and it will be devoted to the global climate change on the planet. Organizers of the lecture: Siberian Federal University and the US Fund for Civilian Research and Development.
Whether the anomalous Moscow heat foretells the inevitable global warming in the future? Whether the harsh Siberian cold proves that any warming is not expected? How to use air bubbles in the millennial ice or annual rings of trees as indicators on past climates?

The scientist will share his observations about the dynamics of climate change in the context of the last decade, hundreds of thousands of years and will talk about the reasons for his hesitation.

“No doctor can tell whether the patient is really sick, if the doctor has never seen a healthy one. Years of research by thousands of scientists indicate that the current climate is undergoing significant changes. The concentration of greenhouse gases over the last 20-30 years has reached a state, in which it has never been”Malcolm Hughes says.

Scientists Have Proposed to Implement Global Urban Trends in Krasnoyarsk

January 21, 2016. Siberian Federal University hosted the round table titled “Global and Russian Trends of Urban Studies. Krasnoyarsk is a City for Life”. The round table united scientists of Krasnoyarsk and Moscow-city planners, as well as businessmen, government officials and builders.

A professor of SibFU Irina Kukina identified a few global urban development and construction trends in her report: “The modern urban science describes a number of global trends: the expansion of the functions of the lower tier of houses, the principle of landscape-ecological outlook, the vector from segregation to integration of housing development. Another remarkable feature is strengthening of local government functions: more and more people are included in the planning of the city, more often we see reports that the residents made a decision on a question related to the landscaping. Most citizens want their house to be close to good comfortable places of living, close to small parks. This is another reason why large enterprises tend to leave the city environment. Another trend is preservation of historic low-rise blocks”.

SibFU entered NESEFF

Siberian Federal University has become a full member of NESEFF (network for energy supply and energy efficiency) – a network for partner European and CIS universities specializing on energy supply and energy efficiency. The agreement was signed on 14 November 2016.

According to Rashit Nazirov, advisor to the rector of SibFU, NESEFF unites educational institutions of German, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland. “Aim of the partnership is to organize scientific exchange on regular basis for specialists in energy supply and energy efficiency and to focus public attention on energy conservation and particularly on energy sustainability of the society”.

Challenges to be solved under the Agreement:

  • scientific exchange on regular basis;
  • professional development of employees;
  • information provision for government bodies, establishments, associations, etc. and their consultation in the field of power engineering;
  • support of continuous education of students in this field.

We should add that operation of NESEFF is supported by the Institute of Environmental Technology and Recycling (Germany).

Scientists of SibFU Have Presented Educational Developments at a UNESCO Forum

Pioneering developments of didactics of sustainable development were presented at the international forum “Saving Humankind as an Imperative for Sustainable Development”, the deputy head of the UNESCO Chair of Siberian Federal University, Associate Professor, and PhD Anatoly Kozlov. The scientific forum under the auspices of UNESCO was held in Kazan on September 14-16, 2016.

The didactic system developed by SibFU research scientists is based on the integration of the material of studied disciplines with applied dialectics – a science on the development of the emerging theory of inventive problem solving and applicable in university and pre-university education. It allows to create a new component of human culture — a culture of innovation and moral values.

According to the authors, the didactics has been successfully tested in the project activities of SibFU students and secondary school graduates. It has been included in the methodological support of the "New Polytechnic School" — a network of engineering and technology classes created in schools, lyceums and gymnasiums of Krasnoyarsk region with the support of the Governor Viktor Tolokonsky.

The President of the University the Arctic Visited SibFU

April 12, 2016. The delegation of the University of the Arctic headed by the President Lars Kullerud visited SibFU. University of the Arctic brings together universities, colleges and other organizations working in the field of higher education and research in the North.

During the meeting with representatives of the institution and the curators of scientific fields at SibFU, who conduct research on Arctic topics, the guests discussed the prospects of commercialization of science and technology in the North. It is worth of note that this issue has been on the scientific agenda of one of the thematic networks, which unites the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), the Yukon College (Canada), University of Tromsø — The Arctic University of Norway, Nordland University (Norway), University of Oulu (Finland). The thematic network cooperates with the authorities, business associations, private and public companies in relation to the following issues:

  • practical application of innovative products;
  • eliminate barriers to innovation in the North;
  • investment in the infrastructure of the northern regions.

Lars Kullerud called SibFU one of the most important members of the community. “I have heard a lot about your university and talked with its representatives, but I have never been here before. We would like to personally assess the inclusiveness of scientists and students into our common project. We, representatives of science, are out of politics, therefor we perceive the Arctic as a field of our common scientific interests”, — Lars Kullerud explained the purpose of the visit.

He also said that within a year a special agreement between the universities and the scientific community, which are part of the University of the Arctic, can be signed. The agreement provides for joint research and implementation of programs of academic mobility of students in the universities of Russia, Canada, the United States and the five Arctic countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland.

Ecological Headquarters of the Krasnoyarsk Region

Ecological headquarters of the Krasnoyarsk Region was created according to the initiative of Siberian Federal University, representatives of public organizations, the leadership of the region and the city of Krasnoyarsk. The decision to create it was made as a result of public hearings “On the ecological situation in the city of Krasnoyarsk, immediate and strategic measures for its improvement”, which were held April 7, 2016.

The main objectives of the headquarters:

  • the launch of processes for “environmental improvement” of the city of Krasnoyarsk,
  • the formation of a coalition for the development of solutions to environmental problems,
  • coordination of efforts of government, business and society to improve the ecological situation in the city and region,
  • monitoring and quality control of the execution of decisions in the environmental field.

The chairperson of the Environmental Headquarters of SibFU President Alexander Uss: “We expect that all stakeholders and social organizations will be able to coordinate their actions through the framework of the Ecological Headquarters of SibFU. Hence, SibFU will become a platform for regular discussions on environmental issues and a venue for very thorough, objective and profound investigations and research of problematic situations, as well as the actions of the government, major businesses, one way or another involved in the process.

Establishment of the headquarters is an urgent measure, which is necessary to address the pressing environmental problems of the city of Krasnoyarsk. The ecological headquarters must become a driver of improvement processes for the environment of the capital of the region, a driver of the restoration of the natural recreational potential of Krasnoyarsk City”.

As part of the environmental sustainability practices various youth organizations and associations are implementing a number of projects and initiatives at SibFU.

Thus, the department of youth projects of SibFU twice a year — in spring and in autumn — holds Green Project — a set of measures for the collection of waste paper, plastics and used batteries. Since 2015 SibFU employees can take part in the event and deliver waste paper at any time. The Youth Union of SibFU with the support of the Forest Stewardship Council, and the World Wildlife Fund annually organize the ecological FSC-Friday for university students. The event aims to draw attention to forest issues and is organized in the form of a team intellectual-entertaining game.

As part of its work the Volunteer Center of SibFU attracts volunteers for solving the problems of preservation, protection and environmental cleanup activities. The sports and ecological game “Stolby Reserve Cleanup” and collection of garbage on the banks of the Yenisei River are among the annual events and campaigns organized by the center. The primary trade union organization of students of SibFU organizes the event “Clean Forest” every year in May. The cleanup of the birch grove takes place in the Oktyabrsky district of Krasnoyarsk. So, the last time the event was attended by 200 students, 98 bags of garbage were collected, including furniture, construction waste, clothing and tires. Since 2016 the student union has been implementing the project “Clean Campus”, participants of which clean the campus and surrounding areas.

In addition, the unique project for Krasnoyarsk "0% BLACK SKY!" was launched in 2016. The project allows any townspeople to check if their car emissions meet the existing Russian standards. All cars, which have undergone the test, receive a “Card of Car Emissions Toxicity”, which contains an assessment of five parameters, including the content of such harmful substances as CO and CH.

In October 2015 the SibFU joined the federal Project 5-100, which is supposed to enhance the international competitiveness of the Russian universities among the world’s leading research and education centers. The project involves 21 universities now.

For joining the project, the SibFU has developed and presented the Program to improve the international competitiveness, which continues the SibFU Development Program for the 2011-2021 in the part of the arrangements aimed at the University to access the global research and education market. Applied significance of the program — the promotion of the SibFU in the international rankings.

Overall, the expected result of the Project 5-100 by the year 2020 is the entry of at least five Russian universities in the first hundred of the global education rankings.

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