PEEX Academic Challenge project

PEEX-Academic-Challenge (PEEX-AC) project virtual meetings on academia/university education and research collaboration took place on 23-24 April 2020 (St.Petersburg/ Helsinki) with 17-18 participants, respectively. Teachers/ researcher/ students from the University of Helsinki- INAR (UHEL-INAR, Finland), Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU, and St.Petersburg State University (SPBU) attended the meetings.

RSHU colleagues delivered a series of presentations on joint educational collaboration (history, past and present projects) including students and teachers exchanges; scientific research (main directions, existing collaboration and future perspectives); education and research activities at the Faculty of Meteorology & Institute of Hydrology and Oceanology; meteorological practice, training & research at Daimische; global-regional scales interactions for atmospheric chemical transport modelling; anthropogenic impacts on urban atmosphere: observations and modelling; and distance learning tools for environmental data collection and analysis. SPBU – talks on measurements and numerical modeling of total ozone column for winter-spring anomalies over North Eurasia, essential climate and ecological atmospheric gases, stratospheric warming events; field and laboratory measurements of atmospheric aerosols; education and research at the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics. UHEL – talks on science-oriented university education at INAR; PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment) Programme; research and sci. education approaches of UHEL for measuring ecosystem-atmosphere relations at SMEAR stations, Earth system and climate modelling, online integrated meteorology-chemistry-aerosols modelling; process-based fine scale modelling for meteor-chemistry-aerosol system.

Discussion topics included: distance learning, virtual courses/ classes and learning experiences through workshops/meetings/webinars; English language taught disciplines for students; university doctoral education; students graduation practices; teachers’ collaboration and sharing experiences on virtual teaching; steps/ possibilities for carrying out (face-to-face vs virtual) PEEX-AC research training intensive course, RTIC (originally scheduled for April 2020, RSHU) on “Multi-Scales and -Processes Modelling and Assessment for Environmental Applications”; joint submitted proposal for new PEEX-ACRTIC (spring 2021, SPBU) on “Atmosphere-Surface Interactions and Feedbacks: Approaches to Measurements & Analysis”; joint measurements, analysis and instrumentations usage at the SMEAR-II station (Hyytiala, Finland); joint efforts for Calls/ proposals under different programmes and funding national/ international agencies; co-supervision and involvement MSc/ PhD students; joint publications; suggestions as collaboration activities & linkage to PEEX Science plan with nearest steps including monitoring Calls for research/ educational proposals.

Moreover, the MeteoLab (private company, St.Petersburg), participant of the meeting, is also joining the PEEX community by signing the PEEX Memorandum of Understanding.

All delivered oral presentations (slides, videos) for both PEEX-AC events are available in our website here, including agendas and summaries of discussions with RSHU and SPBU colleagues.

Looking forward for fruitful PEEX collaboration between the Universities!

Text by Alexander Mahura, INAR/University of Helsinki

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