3 March 2022
Melnikov Prize Awarded to Anzhela Vasileva
Anzhela Vasileva, a technical assistant at MPI Laboratory of General Geocryology, has been awarded the P.I. Melnikov Prize for her research project, Reconstructing the Terrace Chronology in the Middle Lena River (supervisor: Dr. A. Galanin). The P.I. Melnikov Prize was established in 2007 by the MPI administration to encourage and stimulate young scientists of the Permafrost Institute and to motivate students of the North-Eastern Federal University to pursue careers in permafrost science. This monetary award is presented annually to the best research projects conducted by early career researchers, post-graduate students and undergraduates. Vasileva received this year’s prize of R 100,000 in a stiff competition among eight young researchers, with only few points ahead of her nearest rivals Ivan Gorokhov (Improvement of GPR Efficiency in Locating Engineering Objects from the Lake Ice Surface in Permafrost Regions) and Maksim Sivtsev (Development of an Automated Ground Temperature Regime Measurement System).
Photo: Andrey Ostashov presents his project “Development of a UAV-based Procedure for Morphometric Characterization of Groundwater Icings”.
9 February 2022
Russian Science Day Celebrations
Russian Science Day is a holiday observed annually on 8 February to commemorate the day in 1724 when the Russian Academy of Sciences was established by a decree of the Senate. The holiday recognizes the prominent role of the Academy in the nation’s history and highlights the importance of science in today’s world. MPI celebrated the Day by a special session of its Scientific Council. The session began with a tribute to the Institute’s founder Academician Pavel Melnikov by laying flowers at his bust statue. The event continued with a congratulatory speech from Director Mikhail Zhelezniak and an award ceremony. For their outstanding contributions to science and regional development, Alexander Fedorov and Petr Permyakov were conferred honorary titles of the Merited Scientist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Georgii Kuzmin was awarded the Civic Virtue Distinction. Stepan Varlamov, Nadezhda Pavlova, Igor Syromyatnikov, Liudmila Lebedeva, Alena Shestakova and Leonid Gagarin received commendations from the Yakutia’s Head and Government. The meeting concluded with announcing a call for projects for the Melnikov Prize 2022. (Photo: Laying flowers to the statue of Academician Melnikov).
23 November 2021
PhD Dissertation Defense Announcement
The Dissertation Council D003.025.01 at MPI authorized by the Russian Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Attestation Committee to award degrees in geography, geology & mineralogy, and engineering in the fields of engineering geology, geocryology, and geotechnical engineering will hold its meetings on November 24 to 26, 2021 for public defense of five doctoral dissertations. The defenses will be conducted online over Zoom and can be viewed live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHFqU0efDHF1OGnJhcA7qwg
November 24, 2021
09:00 Tatiana Vinokurova, Melnikov Permafrost Institute “Numerical modeling of anthropogenic changes to the permafrost thermal regime using inverse problem methods”
14:30 Dinara Davletshina, Moscow State University “Formation and decomposition of gas hydrates in permafrost”
November 25, 2021
09:00 Ivan Vakhrin, Melnikov Permafrost Institute “Thaw strain of frozen soils and changes in their physical properties in one-dimensional consolidation tests”
14:30 Sergei Grebenkin, Moscow State University “Changes in the gas permeability of sediments associated with ice and hydrate formation”
14:30 Aleksei Gunar, Moscow State University “Selecting optimal solutions to ensure integrity of oil pipelines on permafrost”
10 January 2022
Conference Announcement: Permafrost Monitoring, Moscow, 14-17 June 2022
The VI Conference of Russian Geocryologists: Permafrost Monitoring will be held at the Lomonosov Moscow State University during June 14-17, 2022. The conference is organized by the MSU Department of Geocryology, jointly with the RAS Scientific Council on Earth’s Cryology, the Institute of the Earth’s Cryosphere in Tyumen and the Melnikov Permafrost Institute in Yakutsk, as well as with governments of the Yamal-Nenets and Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, the Eastern State Planning Center, and the Russian Energy Agency. The conference is intended to present and discuss the latest research related to cold regions science and engineering. The overall objective is to develop a coordinated government / academia / industry action plan for cryospheric monitoring and research. Paper submissions both from national and international participants are welcome. The submission deadline is 15th March 2022.
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October 11, 2021
Mikhail Grigoriev Receives Germany’s Order of Merit
Dr. Mikhail Grigoriev, MPI Deputy Director, was honoured with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his significant contributions to research cooperation between Germany and Russia. The award was presented by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Novosibirsk, Bernd Finke, at a ceremony in the MPI’s conference hall on October 6, 2021. The Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeir awarded Dr. Grigoriev on September 3, 2020, but the ceremony of bestowal was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Order of Merit was also conferred to Prof. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, former Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Potsdam Unit, who regretfully was unable to attend the ceremony in Yakutsk. In his welcoming speech, Mr. Finke pointed out Dr. Grigoriev’s role in the initiation and implementation of joint Russian–German research programs, including the annual Lena Expedition which marked its 25th anniversary last year, as well as many international Arctic research projects based on the Samoylov Island station. This long-standing cooperation, he noted, has enhanced academic exchange between the two countries and contributed appreciably to the international awareness of climate change issues.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. Previous recipients from Russia include Daniil Granin, Mikhail Piotrovsky and Academician Vladimir Fortov.