TSU will open a climate research station with Laos

Artyom Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Affairs, met with representatives of the ministries of Laos (Lao PDR). They discussed opening a station for the study of climate and the environment at National University of Laos and the possibility of internships and study at TSU for representatives of several ministries of Laos.

The research station will be located at the National University, 80 km from the capital of Laos, where for several years student practicums have been taking place.

It will be a meteorological unit developed by TSU scientists, which measures air temperature and the humidity of the air and soil. In October-November, a team of TSU scientists will visit Laos to determine the location and installation of the station.

Also, scientists from the two countries will monitor biodiversity, water composition, forest use, including unsanctioned logging, and other aspects of the environment.

- Professor Boviengkham Vongdara, Minister of Science and Technology of Laos, offered collaboration with his subordinate Institute of Climate Change and Biotechnology. In addition, we have discussed the signing of a memorandum joining the SecNET with not only the National University but also the entire Ministry. I think it will be established this autumn - said Artyom Rykun. – The entry of Laos into this network will allow us to obtain information about the state of biological processes at the most southern point for us and to expand the network of TSU’s research stations. The minister is also interested in the opportunity to visit TSU’s research stations Kaybasovo and Aktru.

During the visit, the Vice-Rector also met with Mr Sommad Pholsena, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Laos. He expressed interest in meeting with TSU ecologists and using the university’s capacity to monitor illegal logging and mining operations (the two most pressing issues for Laos) using TSU’s aerospace monitoring system.

- Laos is also extremely interested in continuing the experience of Phonepaseuth Soulinthone, an employee of the Ministry of Science and Technology who studied in our Master’s programme, - says the Vice-Rector. – People from Laos want to study at TSU with the subsequent thesis defense, and they are also attracted by the possibility of organizing short-term training. Since the Soviet era, Laos has remained loyal to Russia, and collaboration in education and science is one of the most effective areas of interaction, - said Artyom Rykun. - Today the Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos considers TSU a key partner in IT. For example, they are interested in computer electronics technologies that are designed at TSU: systems for security, medical diagnostics, and environmental studies.

In 2016, under the auspices of TSSW TSU, the international network SecNET was established. Its purpose is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of environmental changes in Siberia and their social impact on the national and global scales. Researchers from academic centres in Britain, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and different regions of Russia - Moscow, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Altai Krai, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, and Tyumen Region, participate in this project.