Рractical geography and XXI century challenges

IGU Thematic Conference dedicated to the centennial of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences


WHEN

4-6 June 2018

WHERE

Moscow, Russia

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ABOUT

The conference which will be held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the largest world-renowned geographical research organization in Russia. This occasion provides an opportunity to make an overview of the domestic and international trends in geography’s development to analyze the growing impact of scientific research internationalization, the aggravation of global problems, changing theoretical paradigms, radical renewal of research methods and predictions’ validity, as well as to strengthen the integration between social and environmental branches of geography.


In addition to fundamental research, Institute of Geography has been closely associated with practical demands aimed at solving urgent national issues related to its research agenda. Its stuff actively participated in the development and examination of territorial concepts, laws and norms regulating environmental protection and large-scale economic programs. Therefore, the main task of the conference is to sum up Russian and international experience in practically oriented research in the fields of social and environmental geography meeting the diverse and critical challenges of the XXI century.


Being the leading geographical scientific institution in Russia, the Institute of Geography RAS has always played a significant role in scientific cooperation between Russian (Soviet) geographers and foreign scholars. Institute of Geography staff have regularly participated in major international programs and projects, while the Russian National Committee of IGU functions in the framework of the Institute. Renowned geographers from the Institute have been repeatedly elected as IGU Commissions’ Chairs and members and Vice-Presidents of IGU. One of the most well-known was the untimely deceased corresponding member of RAS, IGU Vice-President (2000-2005) Nikita F. Glazovsky. The present conference is also dedicated to him and his scientific legacy.

Programme
Programme
100 years of Russian geography
Institute of Geography RAS: contribution to national and international geographic knowledge, history and people.
Russian geography – practical work: past, present, and future.
N. F. Glazovsky: scientific career and legacy.
Environmental challenges
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Water use and the reducing of hazardous hydrological phenomena risks.
Geochemical processes of natural and anthropogenic substances transfer.
The geographical basis for the creation of the territorial environmental framework: multi-scale analysis and harmonization.
Socio-environmental challenges
Natural capital as a strategic resource for territory’s sustainable development.
The geographic dimensions of environmental security.
Natural and social disasters: the role in the shaping of the modern environment.
Natural-like technologies and geoecology.
Mapping and monitoring environmental and social changes.
Protecting and restoring natural and cultural landscapes.
Heritage as a factor for sustainable development.
Social challenges
Sustainable urban development: experiences and evaluation methods.
The mobility of the population andeconomy: limits and constraints.
Geographical scenarios and forecasts: reliability and alternativeness.
The role of geography in the strategic environmental assessment.
Geopolitical challenges
The creating of institutions and instruments for international cooperation: a multi-scale approach.
The geopolitical consequences of environmental and climate changes.
Geography for international law: the role of geographical research in development of global and regional standards for environmental management.
Technological challenges
Remote sensing and spatial analysis.
Bigdatainthe fundamental and applied geographical research.
Mathematical models and system for decision-makingsupport.
Informational challenges
The dissemination of geographic knowledge: geographical journalism in the information society.
Geographical science on television and in the Internet.
The initiative "International Year of Global Understanding" and its preliminary results.
The experience of geographical societies in the promotion of geographical knowledge.
Challenges to geographical education
Geographical knowledge and competencies required by graduates of the XXI century.
Academic geography for middle school: new programs and textbooks.
New International Charter on Geographical Education and best global practices geography teaching.
The contribution of geographical education to global understanding.
ORGANISERS
The International Geographical Union (IGU), on the verge of its centennial, is the world’s oldest international scientific organisation. It is made up of geographical societies from 90 countries. Russia first joined as part of the Soviet delegation in 1956, forming a National Committee of Soviet Geographers confirmed by the Academy of Sciences. In 2012, Dr. Vladimir Kolosov became the IGU’s first Russian president. The union works to coordinate geographical research and promote its newest and most innovative trends; to realise international scientific projects; to strengthen geographical education; to promote the establishment and use of geographic databases; and to facilitate geographers’ participation in major international science programmes as well as governmental and nongovernmental initiatives. The IGU holds an International Geographical Congress every four years and a Regional Conference in the period between the Congresses which normally draws participants from 60-65 countries. IGU consists of more than 40 commissions representing geographical disciplines (e.g., geomorphology, population geography) and research subjects (e.g., impacts of global climate change; problems in mountainous, arctic or arid regions; megacities). English and French are the official working languages of the IGU.
Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences(founded in 1918) is the oldest and the largest Russian research centre for physical, social and economic geography. The comprehensive nature of research and cooperation between departments enables to conduct studies in cross-disciplinary fields, i.e. interaction between environment and society in terms of rising anthropogenic influence; features of regional frameworks for sustainable development and the impact of global change on economy and society. Alongside quantitative and qualitative research methods, contemporary GIS technologies and digital data visualization, as well as interpretation of remote sensing data from satellite images and unmanned air vehicles are widely employed in various studies carried out in the Institute. Throughout its history, Institute has produced many unique cartographic products which are the result of long-term field and laboratory studies, i.e. The Atlas of the Kuril Islands, The Atlas of World‘s Snow and Ice Resources, The Geographic Atlas of Moscow for Visually Impaired People and etc. Nowadays the staff of the Institute of Geography is engaged in research related to a wide range of global issues and challenges of the 21st century: agricultural issues and food supply problem, diffusion of innovations, spatial patterns of FDI and transnational business, international and intraregional migration, processes of centralisation and peripheralisation, urban shrinkage, issues related to global integration and globalization. Besides fundamental research, applied research is carried out as well, including orders from the Government of Russia and Governments of separate regions, Ministries. Employees of the Institute took part in the elaboration of national, regional, municipal strategies and planning documents, regulations and laws."
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — is one of the largest independent international environmental organizations, uniting about 5 million regular supporters and operating in more than 100 countries. The first project in the former USSR, the creation of the Great Arctic Reserve, was financed by WWF in 1989. Five years later, the Foundation opened its office in Russia, and in 2004 the World Wildlife Fund) became a national organization. During this time, more than 1 000 field projects aimed at preserving the nature of Russia were implemented. With the participation of the Foundation: more than 52 million hectares of unique territories have been granted conservation status, the bison and the Asiatic leopard have been returned to the wild, the Amur tiger and Far Eastern leopard populations have been restored, the snow leopard and argali in the Altai have been preserved, the "Bear Patrols" have been created in the Arctic, important changes have been made in the Criminal Code. WWF employees are professionals that are dedicated to their work. Our team prides itself on being part of the WWF family, which strives to achieve harmony between man and nature around the world.
The Russian Geographical Society (RGS) formed in 1845 based on an imperial decree by Nicholas I. It is now among the oldest geographical societies in the world. The RGS unites experts in geography and cognate sciences – as well as travel enthusiasts, environmentalists, public figures and anyone prepared to help study and preserve Russia’s natural heritage – with the aim of promoting the acquisition and dissemination of related knowledge. In past years, the RGS was led by representatives of the royal family, illustrious travelers, researchers and state officials. Its honorary members have included Russian government, academic and other public figures such as P. P. Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, S.Yu. Witte, N. I. Vavilov, V. I. Vernadsky, F. P. Wrangell, A. M. Gorchakov, V. I. Dahl and V. A. Obruchev, as well as prominent world figures like King Leopold II of Belgium, Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Oscar II of Norway, Shah Qajar Nasser Aldini of Persia and explorers Baron Ferdinand Richthofen, Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Thor Heyerdahl. Hundreds of RGS expeditions have played important roles in understanding the Arctic, Siberia, the Far East, the Middle East, Central Asia, Australia and the World Ocean. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has served as president of the RGS since 2009. During this period, the society established a Board of Trustees headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. This board has revived a long tradition of public and private sponsorship in establishing RGS grants. The society currently operates regional offices in each of the 85 subjects of the Russian Federation.
The Faculty of Geography at Lomonosov Moscow State University was established in 1938. Nowadays it is one of the largest scientific and educational centers of geography in the World. There are 800 undergraduate students and 180 PhD students studying in the Faculty. The Faculty consists of 15 departments, 8 research laboratories and 4 field stations with total 750 employees. Among them there are: 100 professors, 300 PhD researchers. he Faculty of Geography conducts research and education on wide range of fields in geography, environmental and earth sciences, hydrometeorology, nature management, cartography, geoinformatics, remote sensing and tourism. There are 16 BA and 15 MA degree programmes grouped according to five areas of focus: Geography, Hydrometeorology,Cartography and Geoinformatics, Environment and Nature Management, Tourism. Since 2017, phD certificates are issued by Lomonosov Moscow State University.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Steering Committee Members

Vladimir Kotlyakov — Academic Supervisor of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Chairman)
Olga Solomina — Director of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (the 1st Deputy Chairman)
Vladimir Kolosov– Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, past President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Prof. (Deputy Chairman)
Petr Baklanov — Academic Supervisor of the Pacific Geographical Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Gliko — Chief of the Earth Sciences Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Nikolay Kasimov — the 1st Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society, President of Geographical faculty of the Moscow State University, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Sergey Dobroluybov — Dean of Geographical faculty of the Moscow State University, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Makosko — Deputy Secretary of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Arkady Tishkov — Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ilya Gurov — Executive Director of the Russian Geographical Society for the Project and Information activities, PhD in Geography
Nina Zaitseva– Leading Specialist in the Earth Sciences Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr.Sc. in Geography
Evgeny Shvarts — Director of Conservation Policy of World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Russia, Dr.Sc. in Geography
Alexander Sebentsov — Secretary of the National Committee of Russian Geographers, Secretary of the Conference, PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher



Local Organising Committee Members

Marina Gnedovskaya — Assistant Director for international affairs, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Anton Gritsenko — PhD in Geography, Scientific Researcher, Chairman of the Young Scientists' Council of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Maria Gunko — PhD in Geography, Scientific Researcher, Deputy Chairman of the Young Scientists' Council of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Dobriansky — Junior Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ekaterina Dolgova — PhD in Geography, Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Maria Zotova — PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Silvia Kostovska — Academic Secretary of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher
Tatiana Kuderina — Academic Secretary of the Scientific Council at Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher
Veronika Kuznetsova — PhD in Geography, Junior Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Anastasia Lomakina — PhD in Geography, Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Marudina Natalia — Head of Department of Planning and Economics, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Andrey Medvedev — PhD in Geography, Head of Laboratory of Cartography, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Yury Petrosyan — Chief Accountant of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Svetlana Rodionova — PhD in Geography, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Svetlana Suslova — PhD in Geography, Junior Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ekaterina Teterina — Senior Specialist of Coordination and Information Sector of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Sergey Chalov — Deputy Dean of Geographical faculty of the Moscow State University for External Relations, PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher
Sergey Shpunt — engineer of Laboratory of Cartography, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences



Programme Committee Members

Valery Bondur — Vice-President of Russian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Chairman)
Vladimir Kolosov — Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Prof. (Deputy Chairman)
Arkady Tishkov — Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
John O'Loughlin — Proffesor of Colorado University, USA
Michael Meadows — Secretary General of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Prof.
Yukio Himiyama — President of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Prof.
Yury Badenkov — Leading Scientific Researcher in the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geology/Mineralogy
Tatiana Vlasova — Chairman of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission for Polar and High-latitude Regions of the World, Leading Scientific Researcher in the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geography
Stanislav Kutuzov — Head of Glaciology Department of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geography
Vladimir Streletsky — Head of Department of Social and Economical Geography of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr.Sc. in Geography
Andrey Ptichnikov — Head of Department of Physical Geography and Environmental Management Problems of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Geography
Anastasia Nagirnaya — PhD in Geography, Scientific Researcher, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Sergey Chalov — Deputy Dean of Geographical faculty of the Moscow State University for External Relations, PhD in Geography, Senior Scientific Researcher



CONTACTS

Scientific Secretary of the Conference: Alexander Sebentsov, PhD


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