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21 July 2015

INRTU is an active participant and partner of the International student expedition Class@Baikal

Staff of INRTU Physical and Engineering Institute take part in the second International Student Expedition Class@Baikal which has started on July 08, 2015 onboard of the research vessel “G.Yu.Vereshchagin” in the waters of Baikal Lake. The researches will be carried out with the unique hydroacoustic complex developed at INRTU research laboratory of radio physics.

The main organizer of the project “Floating University” aimed at training bachelor and master students through practical researches is UNESCO-MSU Training and Research Center for Marine Geology and Geophysics, Faculty of Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University. More than one thousand scientists and students fr om 20 countries have already become project participants.

As Alexander CHENSKIY, head of the Department of Radio Electronics and Telecommunication Systems of INRTU stressed, participation of young staff of the Division of Information-Measuring Systems in the expedition proves the diversity of training opportunities at Irkutsk National Research Technical University.    

“Students of the specialties “Radio Engineering” and “Infocommunication technologies and systems” has a chance to prove themselves in scientific field and become a participant of a such international event. The above mentioned specialties are in high demand by prospective students. Now admission campaign is going on at our University and applicants have a real chance to enter our University and join the project Class@Baikal in the future.  

While the project “Floating University” is going on, the geography of international expeditions has widened; Russian undergraduate and PhD students have more than once undergone internships at European universities and scientific centers, presented reports at Russian and international conferences.  

As for the Class@Baikal topic of this year, we will continue to study unique natural processes on Lake Baikal bottom, get acquainted with up-to-date methods of geological, geophysical and geochemical researches of bottom layers. We have schedules three trips to southern and middle depressions of Baikal for search of bottom sediments, gas hydrates and mud volcanoes”, - A. CHENSKIY told.    

The INRTU team members of the first geoacoustic part of the expedition were except A. CHENSKIY three young scientists. They are INRTU PhD student, staff of the Division of Information-Measuring Systems Dmitriy CHENSKIY, PhD student Dmitriy TOKMACHEV and staff of INRTU Research Office Andrey BEZRUKIN.   

According to A. BEZRUKIN his scientific interests refer to electronics, programming and hydroacoustics: “During the expedition using the side-looking sonar we have got bottom shadow pattern where one can see changes of relief structures and surface sediments properties. We need such vessel as “Vereshchagin” to be able to conduct such experiments. We have furthermore investigated the structure of bottom sediment layer using a profilograph”.

The second and the third parts of research deal with geology. They are employees of the Division of Information-Measuring Systems Kirill GRIGORIEV and Nikita GUBIN who represent INRTU on “Vereshchagin” vessel now.

K. GRIGORIEV is fond of hydroacoustics, programming and information processing: “In the expedition I work with a profilograph and take part in data interpretation. Researches are carried out in the next cabin-laboratory”.

“Floating University” project supervisor is Grigoriy AKHMANOV, associate professor of MSU Faculty of Geology, director of UNESCO-MSU Center. The expedition Class@Baikal is headed by Oleg KHLYSTOV, head of the laboratory of Lake Baikal geology of the Limnological Institute of SB RAS (Irkutsk). He informed that he is engaged into the monitoring of a mud volcano and geothermal investigations: “It is not the first year when research of underwater structures is going on. Each time I try to get as much data as possible to construct a model of this or that type of relief of gas-saturated fluids on Lake Baikal”.

Among foreign participants of the expedition are representatives of  Institute of Earth Sciences in Paris, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Universités, France; Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, University of Olso (Norway). The project is supported by JSC “NK “Rosneft”, Corporation “Conoco Phillips Russia”, board of directors of All-Russian festival of science.

Expedition participants keep the diary wh ere they tell about the most important events http://www.baikal.festivalnauki.ru. The expedition finishes on July 27, 2015 when the vessel “G.Yu. Vereshchagin” will more in Listvyanka settlement.

Project organizers note that huge success of “Floating University” is based on unique principles of its activity. “Study through research” is the second name of the program and its basic principle. All important investigations of “Floating University” are always carried out by direct participation of students and young specialists under the supervision of experienced scientists of the highest level. This is a new type of training. Students are involved into all stages of some project realization – starting from preparation and planning of an expedition up to paper publication and organization of final meetings. High responsibility and close cooperation with famous scientists help students to quicker and better master the science as well as observe real results of real scientific investigations.