PSU Shares Research Experience in Serbia, Leads to Signing of Cooperation Memorandum

Olga Meshcheryakova, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Geology, Perm State University (PSU), has successfully completed a research internship “Environmental Technologies in Karst Areas” at the Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

The participation of PSU has been performed within the framework of the “Rational Subsoil Use” Perm Research and Educational Center – leading to signing of memorandum between two universities.

The internship included lectures and workshops, ‘field’ classes and elements of scientific tourism – allowing to study innovative approaches at solving environmental problems in karst regions. The study methods were aimed at protecting karst landscapes, caves and aquifers from pollution.

As a program participant, Olga Meshcheryakova is known for being keen in various fields of expertise – being an associate professor at the Department of Dynamic Geology and Hydrogeology, and a senior researcher at the Laboratory of Geology of Technogenic Processes, Natural Science Institute, PSU.

The studies in Serbia covered such topics, as the use of underground space for economic purposes, the interaction and prospects within speleology and spelestology. The study discussion acquired to better classification of speleological and spelestological sites on the global scale.

The visits to the Center for Karst Hydrogeology and various research labs helped to broaden the internship program. “During the field practice, we took water samples, measured hydro-chemical and physical parameters of karst waters, and studied karst surfaces,” recollects Olga Meshcheryakova.

Biljana Abolmasov, Dean of the Faculty of Geology and Mining at the University of Belgrade and Olga Meshcheryakova negotiated the signing of the memorandum of cooperation between the faculties. The document implies educational programs for students, joint participation in international grant competitions, as well as running the International Karst Conference at Perm State University in 2024.

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.

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