Summer School: "Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring"

Date: 18 May 2018
Other languages: Русский язык |
July 2nd to 9th 2018, Naryn

The University of Central Asia's (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Summer School Learning Landscapes through Environmental Research and Monitoring. The Summer School is a part of the Palaeoclimate, Environmental Change and Social Interaction in Central Asia (PALESCA) project, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). 
In addition to UCA's MSRI, PALESCA implementing partners include GFZ Potsdam, Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, and the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (SAEPF). The Summer School seeks to enhance capacity of students and researchers, who study environmental sciences or conduct scientific research. 
The Summer School will offer lectures and field surveys, covering the following topics: 
  • Climatic parameters and monitoring with automatic weather stations
  • Climate and phenology
  • Soil
  • Dendrochronology: past and present in tree rings
  • Methods of water discharge measurement
  • Lake sediments
  • Role of stable isotopes in paleoclimatology
  • Biological proxies in paleoclimatology
  • Geology of Naryn: active mountains of Tien-Shan 
  • Wild life studies 
  • Participatory monitoring and citizen science
Field surveys will be conducted in Salkyn Tor National Park, Naryn Nature Reserve, Chatyr-Kul Lake, village of Dobolu, and around the city of Naryn. Participants of the Summer School will also make field trips to the petroglyphs, located in Salkyn Tor National Park, and to Tash Rabat Caravanserai, and will visit the Naryn Museum and the University of Central Asia's Naryn Campus.

The key lecturers of the Summer School include Professor Dr Helmut Echtler, Dr Jens Mingram, Dr Brigit Plessen and Julia Kalanke (GFZ); Dr Lira Sagynbekova, Candidate of Biological Sciences Jyldyz Shigaeva, Azamat Azarov, Maksim Kulikov, and Samat Kalmuratov (UCA); Candidate of Geographical Sciences Natalia Ershova (KRSU); Gulzar Omurova (CAIAG) and Aliya Ibraimova (CAMP Alatoo).

Summer School Format 
The Summer School will offer lectures, discussions, practical exercises and field experiments, as well as interesting field trips. The language of instruction will be English and Russian (translation will be provided).

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, the participants will receive Summer School Completion Certificates.

Qualification Requirements  
  • Undergraduate or graduate students, studying environmental sciences (geography, ecology, geology, hydrology, biology and other related disciplines). 
  • Applicant’s passport should be valid at least until the end of 2018 (field trips to cross-border areas will require special permissions from border authorities). 
  • English skills are desirable.
Undergraduate and graduate students at Kyrgyz universities, as well as of international universities of Central Asia located in Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to apply. Financial support will be provided only to students who study in Kyrgyzstan.

When selecting applicants for the Camp, the decision-makers will make sure the participants are selected to represent different universities, and will ensure gender balance.

Participation Cost 
The Summer School will cover the cost of study, transportation from/to the regions (based on average cost of travel by public buses or minibuses), a two-way trip Bishkek-Naryn, accommodation, food and field trips.

Application Process 
Students should fill out online registration form (, which should be submitted along with the following documents, prepared in Russian:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page), describing (i) respective skills of the applicant, (ii) why he/she is interested in participation, (iii) how the participation can benefit candidate’s future professional or research activities 
  • Copy of the passport
Application Deadline: June 3rd 2018
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