PSU Joins Tolles Diktat, Contributes to Academic Diversity

Perm State University has become a ground for the Tolles Diktat – a dictation in the German language, organized nationally for the ninth time. At PSU, the dictation is being supported by the Department of Linguodidactics, Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, for the third year in a row.

In 2022, the dictation took place at three levels of language proficiency – A1, B1 and C1. The participants had a unique opportunity to hear live German speech: the original texts were read by Katrin Köpke, Associate Professor at the Department of Linguodidactics, a native speaker from Germany.

“It’s a good tradition, that both PSU students and local senior school children take part in the event. Many of them study German as a second foreign language. Yet, this circumstance did push them from giving it a try. And, we keep in mind that German spelling does possess a number of distinctive features, if compared to English writing,” says Ekaterina Kupriyanycheva, teacher of the Department of Linguodidactics, head of the Office for Innovative Teaching Data.

The winners of the Tolles Diktat ‘2022 are: Maria Polyakova (level A1, School 122), Elena Fedoseeva (level B1, 1st year student, PSU) and Ekaterina Volegova (level C1, 3rd year student, PSU).

The Tolles Diktat is held on the initiative of UNESCO and is traditionally timed to coincide with International Mother Language Day. This year the action was held in 77 regions of Russia and brought together more than 52 thousand people. Kazakhstan, Croatia, Ukraine, Montenegro, Germany, Belarus, Uzbekistan and other countries joined the participation.

The all-Russian “Tolles Diktat ’2022” was held by the International Union of German Culture (Internationaler Verband der deutschen Kultur, АОО «Международный союз немецкой культуры»), Tomsk Regional Russian-German House («Томский областной Российско-немецкий Дом»), Interregional Association of Teachers and Teaching Fellows of the German Language – aiming to promote the German language and develop the tradition of German writing skills.

PSU Participates Russian-German Symposium

The International Academic Cooperation Office team spoke on behalf of Perm State University at the Russian-German Symposium “The Interaction of Climate Issues Coverage and Science Diplomacy.”

Young scholars, communicators in science and journalists from Germany and Russia used the Symposium platform to discuss the relevant issues, and practice academic communication skills in an interactive workshop. Addressing the topic, the team of Natalia Dobrynina, Kristina Vetrova and Anna Peisakhovich discussed the role of science diplomacy and science journalism.

On behalf of the German side, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences as a part of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres (GFZ Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam – Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum), and Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,) took part.

“The events like this are important for Russian universities, as they contribute to the progress of bilateral academic ties, effective academic communication and involvement in the search for joint solutions to global challenges,” says Natalya Dobrynina, Head of the International Academic Cooperation Office, PSU, in an interview with Dr. Ludwig Stroink, Head “Projects & International Affairs” – Executive Board, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Concentrating on the Symposium topic, the participants discussed the positive effect of climate research in international academic collaborations, contributing to the overall diplomatic climate. Dr. Géza Andreas von Geyr, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Russia (Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in der Russischen Föderation) participated in the discussion. The participation in the Symposium followed the goal of developing the science diplomacy at PSU within the framework of the “Rational Subsoil Use” Perm Research and Educational Center

PSU Hosts Freie Universität Berlin Officer

On 2-3 December, Mr. Tobias Stüdemann, Freie Universität Berlin – Moscow Office met Perm State University representatives to discuss academic communication and science diplomacy. The expert spoke about the story of Freie Universität Berlin, which promotes the principal value of academic freedom; he also gave practical advice on how to establish and maintain academic contacts with German colleagues. According to Mr. Tobias Stüdemann, successful cooperation between the University and its partners depends on a key ability to correctly present one’s research to international academic community.

During the visit, Mr. Tobias Stüdemann met the team of the Department for Scientific and Innovation Activities to discuss the principles of conducting scientific research in Russia and Germany, as well as the general rules of cooperation with German scholars and specifics of educational process at Freie Universität Berlin. At the end of the event, Mr. Tobias Stüdemann elaborated upon scientific diplomacy in Russia and Germany with the staff of the International Academic Cooperation Office, PSU.

“We are much obliged to Mr. Tobias Stüdemann for sharing a valuable piece of advice on how to effectively collaborate with colleagues from Germany. This will surely help our researchers establish long-term cooperation between Russia and Germany, testing it in joint grant competitions, as teams,”

says Natalya Dobrynina, Head of the International Academic Cooperation Office, PSU.

The visit by the German expert to Perm State University has been organized by the Department of International Academic Cooperation, PSU as part of the Rational Subsoil Use REC, and its international activity, in particular.

Perm Krai to Support Russian-German Projects

The Department of International Relations at Perm State University (PSU) reminds of a Russian-German youth exchange opportunity. Applications are due to 15 October, 2021.

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Perm krai (Perm territory) has announced the annual program for Russian-German youth, schools and professional exchange.

Applications are accepted from those organizations who have partners in the Federal Republic of Germany and have such an exchange project for 2022.

Applications for the Exchange Program ‘2022 may be submitted until 15 October (6pm Moscow time, 3pm UTC). Please, see the link for applications and official info letter below this post.

Persons responsible for coordinating the program:

The exchange program is implemented annually in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in youth cooperation, dated 21 December, 2004.

Info Letter by Ministry of Education and Science of the Perm krai (Perm territory)

Application Form

International Biologists Research Pollen to Study Past

Dr. Lyudmila Shumilovskikh and Dr. Thomas Giesecke, Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (GAUG, Germany), University of Utrecht (Netherlands) have contributed to a research seminar “Environmental reconstructions based on palynological analysis” at Perm State University (PSU).

From 18 May to 4 June, a series of online meetings were held, revealing the role of the palynological method in the study of the natural environment of past eras. In addition, all participants had the opportunity to ask questions and evolve them into a further scientific discussion.

Palynology is known as the study of plant pollen, spores and certain microscopic plankton organisms, collectively termed as palynomorphs, in both living and fossil form. The earliest reported observations of pollen under a microscope are likely to have been in the 1640s by the English botanist Nehemiah Grew. Palynomorphs form a geological record of importance in determining the type of prehistoric life. Microfossils provide important clues to the prevailing climatic conditions of the time.

“The lectures have been quite involving and useful, demonstrating a deep overview of dating methods. I personally enjoyed the vegetation analysis of the Kungur forest-steppe, as it is local and familiar for us, yet given a fresh angle of research. Looking forward for new collaborations in that direction,”

comments Natalia Moskvina, Associate Professor of the Department of Plant Physiology and Soil Ecology, PSU.

“Attending the seminar granted me the opportunity to gain new knowledge in the field of paleoecology. Most of all, I liked the lecture on the history of vegetation of the Perm territory in the Holocene, since it is my native region of study. The missing parts of the seminar can be covered by watching the sessions’ video recordings,”

notes Elizaveta Mekhonoshyna, student of the Faculty of Geography, PSU.

“The seminar expands boundaries for the scientific knowledge, provides updates in methodology and promotes live communication, to mention the participation of international researchers. I am very much looking forward for it to be continued,”

shares Elena Korkina, head of the Department of Geography, Nizhnevartovsk State University (Нижневартовский государственный университет).

The seminar was attended by about three dozen participants, including students, graduate students, teachers and researchers from various higher institutions. Including Perm State University, St Peterburg State University, Moscow State University, Nizhnevartovsk State University, Tomsk State University, Institute of Geography RAS and international partners.

The seminar was organized by the Department of Biogeocenology and Nature Conservation and the Center for Educational and Scientific Exchanges, Perm State University (PSU).

PSU Contributes to International Dictation in German

Perm State University has performed as an open platform for the All-Russian action “Tolles Diktat ‘2021”. Traditionally, the dictation in German marks the International Mother Language Day, celebrated on 21 February. The dictation was conducted by the Department of Linguodidactics, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, PSU.

In 2021, the participants on our site outnumbered 25 people – school children and college students of the 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th grades, coming from those Perm schools our Faculty cooperates with. The quality of students’ works has improved, too; they made fewer mistakes compared to 2020.

“The dictation results testify for modern trends of the language space – the desire of our children to live in a multicultural and multilingual world,”

notes Ekaterina Kupriyanicheva, teacher of the Department of Linguodidactics, Head of the Innovative Pedagogical Resources Office, PSU.

The original dictation texts were read by Katrin Köpke, Associate Professor at the Department of Linguodidactics, a native speaker from Germany. So, the participants had a unique opportunity to hear the live German speech.

“This year, I was especially pleased to see new participants studying German as the second foreign language – besides those, who had chosen it as a primary one. This speaks of the interest of modern youth in learning several foreign languages. That for sure opens new horizons and expands boundaries of their opportunities,”

comments Katrin Köpke.

The all-Russian “Tolles Diktat ’2021” is held by the Association of Public Associations “International Union of German Culture” (Internationaler Verband der deutschen Kultur) , the Regional State Autonomous Institution of Culture “Tomsk Regional Russian-German House” and the “Deutsch Online” German Language School, with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation (Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs). The event had been initiated by the Tomsk Regional Russian-German House, the “Tolles Diktat” held annually since 2013.

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