On March 1st, a public lecture took place in the "Amital" book supermarket as part of the project called "A Large University for a Large City". The event was organised by the Department of Pre-university Education of the Academic Board of Voronezh State University in collaboration with a major book-trade chain of the Black Earth Region. A lecturer of the Department of Geography, Geoecology and Tourism Dmitry Vladimirov continued the cycle of his stories about the scientific expeditions he has taken part in (earlier he told about Tyva and China).
This time the lecture concerned the Arctic region. Dmitry Vladimirov told about the youth Arctic expedition to the Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen), a Norwegian archipelago. In 2008, the WWF launched an international project "Travelling for the future's sake" in order to attract the world leader's attention to the consequences of climate change in the Arctic. 18 young scientists from Japan, Norway, Sweden, the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Russia took part in the expedition. Dmitry Vladimirov was one of the two Russian participants.
In his lecture, he told the audience about the history of studying the Arctic, its landscape and climate, animals and plants. There are three nature reserves in the region and seven national parks with specific natural resources management programmes. The lecturer also showed photos and videos of plants, animals and birds of the region. The audience was particularly interested in the photos of polar bears and walruses.
After the lecture, the young scientist had to answer a lot of questions by school pupils: how to stop global warming, what is permafrost, how to become a member of a scientific expedition, etc.