The international summer school Geology, Geography, and Ecology of the Asian Highlands has been launched at TSU. The participants are students and professors from Sun Yat-sen University (China). They will spend some days at the TSU international research station Aktru, where they will become acquainted with the features of the Siberian climate and the work of Tomsk scientists.
In addition to working at the Aktru Station, the visitors from China will drive past the unique Chuysky Trakt. It is the only road in Russia to enter the National Geographic’s top 10 beautiful roads in the world. Also, during the school scientists from Russia and China will discuss joint projects, in particular obtaining a joint grant for research in structural geology and seismic activity for almost the whole of the Eurasian plate from the Arctic Ocean to Guangzhou (South China).
TSU’s Aktru Station is among full members of INTERACT - International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic, whose proponent is Professor Terry Callaghan, a member of the Swedish Academy of Science and scientific consultant of TSU Centre of Excellence BioClimLand. Aktru is one of the most southerly stations in the INTERACT network. Research has been conducted there for over 50 years in glaciology, hydrology, meteorology, geomorphology, botany, zoology, soil science, and other sciences. In 2014, Aktru was visited by Dmitry Livanov, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and a group of scientists and travelers headed by Frederik Paulsen, Honorary Consul for the Russian Federation in Switzerland.