On 11 December, Diana Timoshenko, honourable guest of the club “People and Countries”, Associate Professor from the Department of Recreational Geography, Country Studies, and Tourism, gave an open lecture “Icy breath of the Russian Arctic. Northern attraction” at the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism. This lecture, a new one in the series called “Secrets of high latitudes: the Arctic and the Antarctic” was dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism. The meeting brought together VSU scientists and researchers, tourism professionals, students specialising in tourism and geography from VSU, Voronezh State Pedagogical University, and Voronezh State Technical University, the faculty staff, schoolchildren, and residents of the Voronezh Region.
Diana Timoshenko talked about the history of Arctic tourism development and her original project “Icy breath of the Russian Arctic. Northern attraction”, and she also gave a presentation about the tourism potential of northern Russian destinations.
“It is vital for us to attract the attention of the general public, scientists, researchers, and young people to the preservation and sustainable development of the Arctic so that many years from now we can show our children and grandchildren the unique nature of the Russian North.”
Evgeny Stcherbinin, a master’s degree student of the faculty, gave a talk “Dmitry Shparo. The first skiing expedition into high altitudes”. Apart from lectures and presentations, there was also a quiz about Arctic tourism. Daria Piskovets, a pupil from school №47, got the first prize, a photo session with Arctic dogs. Alexander Ivanshin, a geography teacher and a graduate of the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism, got the second and the third prizes, Diana Timoshenko’s books about Arctic tourism “Franz Josef Land” and “Naryan-Mar”. Alexander Rtov, director of Voronezh Arctic sled dog farm “Husky-Planet” and a special guest of the meeting, provided instructions on how to treat dogs and gave an interesting lecture on their role in great Arctic discoveries and the lives of the northern first nations.
The participants of the meeting learnt about the farm’s project “Winter farmstead” and took free photos with Samoyeds and Huskies. Two book exhibitions were open for visitors during the club meeting. The first one presented awards, commemorative tokens, and works of Diana Timoshenko – “Franz Josef Land”, “Drifting Ice Base Barneo”, “Naryan-Mar”. The second exhibition “Ivan Papanin, Hero of the Arctic” was organised by VSU library's department for the Faculty of Geography, Geoecology, and Tourism. At the request of the readers, the exhibition will be open till the end of 2019 in reading hall № 6.