International interdisciplinary seminar "Cold Lands": "Russian-Japanese cooperation in the North" (the event was held within the framework of the "Year of Japanese-Russian interregional and twin-city exchanges 2020-2021") was the first large international event on the site created and opened this academic year in Yakutsk International Arctic School. On September 30, 2020, three zoom workshops were held here and became part of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum.
The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia); Human Capital Development Platform for Japanese-Russian Economic Cooperation and Personal Exchange (HaRP Secretariat, Japan); International Arctic School (Yakutsk), Department of Northern Studies, North-Eastern Federal University.
The moderator of the seminar is Mikhail Prisyazhny, the founder and permanent leader of Cold Lands. Three sections were organized at the IAS site:
Section 1 "Northern Environment". Moderators: Olga Tutubalina (Moscow State University, Moscow) and Ram Avtar (Hokkaido University, Japan). Technical support: Mikhailov A.A. Organizational support: Popova L.A., Baisheva S.I. The speakers represented the universities of Russia (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Ural Federal University Kazan Federal University, Murmansk Technological University) and Japan (Hokkaido University, Nagoya University). The topics of the speeches were relevant - modeling the depths of coastal lowland lakes in the Arctic, monitoring and forecasting the ecological state of wild reindeer, ecological projects of the Arctic territories, researching the carbon and aquatic ecosystems of Eastern Siberia, epidemiological surveillance of avian influenza among wild birds of Siberia and Japan, a review of the Kazan Federal University in the field of gas hydrates for the development of the Arctic, monitoring of the forests of Central Yakutia using radar and optical sounding data.
Section 2 "Northern Community". Moderators: Lena Sidorova (NEFU, Yakutsk) and Jeffrey Gaiman (Hokkaido University, Japan). Technical support: V.Yu. Negnurov Organizational support: Androsov A.I., Arzhakova E.K. The section was interesting because the participants talked about their applied research. The cross-cutting theme of the section was the state of indigenous peoples in modern conditions. The reports of the staff of the Department of Northern Studies of NEFU and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Victoria Mikhailova and Lyubov Semenova were presented.
Section 4 “Building structures and design of cold regions”. Moderator: Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Professor Tsuyoshi Setoguchi. Organizational support: T.A. Banderova In this section, there were several reports by specialists in the field of construction and operation of buildings and structures in permafrost conditions and in seismic conditions, representing Hokkaido University, NEFU Engineering and Technical Institute, Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Sibstrin), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Murmansk State Technical University, Ural Federal University. The largest representation was from the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
On the part of IAS, technical and organizational support was provided by Aleksey Mikhailov, head of the information technology department and Tatiana Banderova, an English teacher. The speakers represented Russian universities from St. Petersburg-Murmansk-Yekaterinburg-Novosibirsk to Yakutsk, as well as the University of Hokkaido. The topics of the speeches were varied: scenarios for an "Arctic smart city", renewable energy sources for northern energy supply, energy efficiency of buildings, earthquake-resistant construction in the Arctic, technology for the production of building materials for cold regions, the development of a composite pile for the Far North, the potential for the development of the tourism industry in the Russian Arctic and etc.
The organizers of the International Interdisciplinary Seminar "Cold Lands" express their gratitude to all the staff of the International Arctic School and personally to Director Sardana Tatarinova for technical and organizational assistance!