"Boreal Wetlands: From Plant Biodiversity and Ecophysiology to Biogeochemical Cycles and Greenhouse Gases Budgets” International Summer School will be hosted by YUSU on 24 August – 3 September 2016. The Interdisciplinary Summer School “Boreal Wetlands: From Plant Biodiversity and Ecophysiology to Biogeochemical Cycles and Greenhouse Gases Budgets” is co-organized by Yugra State University (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Lund University (Sweden) with the support of the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research (SIU and NordForsk).

The School work aims at:
• providing training in the field of climate change to the worldwide student community;
• promoting student mobility between the European countries and Russia;
• introducing Russian Boreal ecosystem research to the international community;
• raising awareness of global warming in the Boreal region.

The School Program:
The Summer School will take place at Yugra State University in Khanty-Mansiysk (60.54 N, 68.42 E) and at Mukhrino Field Station, being the only year-round operating station of ecological monitoring in West Siberia. Mukhrino is a part of INTERACT and PEEX station networks.

The program includes lectures, field trips and measurements, laboratory work, data analysis, and a cultural program in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The working language is English.
The course is worth of 5 ECTS.

• Introduction to Earth Climate System and Carboncycle
• Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction
• Flux Measurement Techniques
• Boreal Peatland and Greenhouse Gas Transport
• Ecophysiology and Hydrology of Boreal Peatland
• Ecology, Vegetation Communities and Functioning of West Siberia Peatlands

Key lecturers and mentors:
Martin Heimann, Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, Janne Rinne, Timo Vesala, Egor Duykarev, Elena Lapshina and Ivan Mammarella.

MSc and PhD students are invited to apply by sending one PDF file with an application form, a CV and a recommendation letter of supervisor to and

Travel (up to max 600€), accommodation and board expenses for the participants will be covered.

Application deadline is April 30, 2016.

Yulia Papanova, Yugra State University,
Elena Lapshina, Yugra State University,

Pavel Alekseychik, University of Helsinki,
Ivan Mammarella, University of Helsinki,

• There is one daily direct flight from Moscow to Khanty-Mansiysk (time flight about 3 hours, average cost of a flight ticket is 300 €).
• The accommodation will be arranged by the organizers. Students will stay in Hotel (double rooms) in Khanty-Mansiysk for six nights and at Mukhrino field station for three nights.
• Mukhrino field station is located 30 km from Khanty-Mansiysk. The station is reachable by foot (about 3 hour walk through pristine forest ).
• Participants will stay at the wooden house (or tents if desired) with bunk beds in two rooms. There is a kitchen and a sauna (Russian banya).
• There might be mosquitos and midges in Mukhrino at that time of the season.

For more information about Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, please visit

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