Researchers and students from France want to know more about Siberia

Representatives of European universities and research laboratories, the Embassy of France in the Russian Federation, and the CNRS Fund worked at TSU. TSU Research Library held a plenary meeting of the conference Cooperation with European Universities in Siberia and a roundtable on the problems of interaction between scientists.

- The importance of interaction with Russia is in the first place for us  - said Guillaume Garrett, the attaché of the Embassy of France in the Russian Federation. - We develop academic mobility and create new joint projects. Last year, France recognized the Russian diplomas of higher education, suggesting that under no circumstances do we want to interrupt the connection with your country.

For Russia France has always been a mediator in relations with Europe, and in recent years it is the most reliable international partner in terms of scientific development.

- France quickly rushed to Siberia, and with its support many large-scale projects "spread their wings". Now we are actively expanding international collaboration, but France remains the leader in this process, - says Sergey Kirpotin, the director of the BioClimLand Centre.

The theme of Siberia that is widely represented in the presentation by the TSSW: Siberian Institute of the Future aroused great interest from international colleagues. It also was a talk about the macro-region and the possibilities for research at the roundtable that brought together all interested in the development of collaboration between the European and Siberian universities.

"International scientists and students do not have enough information about our universities", - noted Michelle Debrenne, the head of the NSU French Centre, the organizer of the conference, and her colleagues from France, Spain, and Germany agreed.

The fact is that Europeans know nothing about Siberia as a whole, confirmed Artyom Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs. To change this situation and to make Siberia really open for researchers is the main task of the centre Trans-Siberian Scientific Way that was opened at TSU.

- Siberia could seriously affect the future of the planet. This area remains a white spot on the map. To attract the international scientific community here, we need to have competent marketing. No less important for us to learn how to set issues that interest society in general, such as the problem of the changing climate or growing migration. I am sure that in dealing with these challenges, we will be able to actively expand mutually beneficial collaboration with Europe, - concluded Artyom Rykun.