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Summer School: "Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring" 3-11 July 2019, Naryn

Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) of the University of Central Asia's (UCA) Graduate School of Development and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Second Summer School Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring.

The Summer School is a part of the Paleoclimate, Environmental Change and Social Interaction in Central Asia (PALESCA) project, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

In addition to UCA's MSRI, PALESCA implementing partners include GFZ Potsdam, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, and the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF).

The Summer School seeks to enhance capacity of students and researchers, who study environmental sciences or conduct scientific research.

The Summer School will offer lectures and field surveys, covering the following topics:

  • Geomorphology. Natural disasters in mountainous regions 
  • Geology of Naryn: active mountains of Tien-Shan
  • Climate and phenology
  • Soil
  • Dendrochronology: past and present in tree rings
  • Methods of water discharge measurement
  • Lake sediments
  • Biological proxies in paleoclimatology  
  • Protected areas and wild life studies
  • Ecology and pasture management
  • Participatory monitoring and citizen science
  • Socio-economic aspects of mountain regions development

 

Field surveys and laboratory-based works will be conducted in the University of Central Asia's Naryn Campus and Naryn State University, as well as in Salkyn Tor National Park, Naryn State Nature Reserve, Chatyr-Kul Lake, Ken-Saz summer pasture, in the village of Dobolu, and around the city of Naryn.

The participants of the Summer School will make field trips to Salkyn Tor National Park, Bugu Maral  deer nursery, and unique historical and archaeological sites of the Great Silk Road – Tash Rabat Caravanserai and Koshoi Korgon ruined fortress. The program also includes visits to Naryn Museum, and a milk processing factory.

The key lecturers of the Summer School include Professor Dr. Helmut Echtler, Dr. Jens Mingram, and Julia Kalanke (GFZ); Dr. Kanaiym Teshebaeva (VRIJE University of Amsterdam); Professor Dr. Roy Sidle, Dr. Lira Sagynbekova, Dr. Maksim Kulikov; Candidate of Biological Sciences Jyldyz Shigaeva, Azamat Azarov, and Samat Kalmuratov (UCA); Candidate of Geographical Sciences Natalia Ershova (KRSU); Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Ermek Baibagyshov (NSU); Gulzar Omurova (CAIAG); Zoia Kretova (KyrgyzHydromet) and Aliya Ibraimova (CAMP Alatoo).

Summer School Format

The Summer School will offer lectures, discussions, practical (laboratory) exercises and field experiments, as well as interesting field trips.

The language of instruction will be English and Russian (translation will be provided).

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, the participants will receive Summer School Completion Certificates.


Qualification Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate students, studying environmental sciences (geography, ecology, geology, hydrology, biology and other related disciplines).
  • Applicant’s passport should be valid at least until the end of 2019 (field trips to cross-border areas will require special permissions from border authorities).
  • English skills are desirable.

Undergraduate and graduate students at Kyrgyz universities, as well as of international universities of Central Asia are encouraged to apply (financial support will be provided only to cover expenses that occur in Kyrgyzstan).

When selecting applicants for the Camp, the decision-makers will make sure the participants are selected to represent different universities, and will ensure gender balance.

 

Participation Cost

The Summer School will cover the following costs – cost of study, transportation from/to the regions (based on average cost of travel by public buses or minibuses), a two-way trip Bishkek-Naryn, accommodation, food and field trips during the summer school. Students, coming from other countries, cover transportation costs and living costs in Bishkek, using their own funds.

 

Application Process
Applicants should fill out online registration form  (https://summeruniversity2019.msri.io/palesca/index.html?lang=en), which should be submitted along with the following documents, prepared in Russian:

  • Resume  
  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page), describing (i) respective skills of the applicant, (ii) why he/she is interested in participation, (iii) how the participation can benefit candidate’s future professional or research activities
  • Passport copy

 

Application Deadline - 26 May 2019 

If you have any questions, please contactnarynsummerschool@gmail.com 

Detailed information about PALESCA project is available at: http://palesca.msri.io