Seven days, twenty participants, four global projects aimed at promoting geographical science, one large and friendly team of like-minded people, these are the results of the sixth international summer school of the Russian Geographical Society "Geography for all". Its name speaks for itself. The school brought together representatives from different spheres: young geographers, historians, journalists and teachers united by common goals and desire to learn something new.
The international summer school of Russian Geographical Society "Geography for all" is a platform for interaction of young scientists and public figures from Russia and other countries of the world on popularization of science, knowledge and cultural exchange. For the first time the summer school was held in 2013. This year it was held from August 19 to 26 with the support of St. Petersburg national research university of information technologies, mechanics and optics.
Participants came to St. Petersburg from different regions of Russia and the world. Each of them was a unique personality with rich geographical background. Yakutsk, Tambov, Yekaterinburg, Minsk, Chisinau, Irkutsk, the cities where young professionals came from, are enough to study the geography of the world and to make a complete picture of what this science in the minds of today's youth in different parts of the world is. The school gave them a lot: practice of team work, new knowledge and new friends.
Six days passed quickly. The last day of the summer school was bright and rich in impressions for both the participants and organizers. As part of the project, young men and women leant about the activities of the oldest popular scientific journal of Russia "Science and life". Editor-in-chief Elena Lozovskaya told them about how they wrote about science 100 years ago and how they do it now. In turn, editor-in-chief of the Vokrug Sveta magazine Sergey Apresov told the audience what should be a really interesting scientific journalistic material like and shared his many years of experience. And together with the Deputy Director of the Center for Scientific Communication of St. Petersburg national research university of information technologies, mechanics and optics Daria Denisova, young specialists took part in a master class on scientific communication for geography and related sciences.
During the week, the participants of the summer school worked on their projects dedicated to the promotion of geography. And at the end they protected their research results.
The participants whose projects were highly appreciated by the jury were awarded. The award ceremony culminated the last day. The winning team was group №3. Its project "Family on Russia’s map" was recognized as the most promising, which means that soon the guys will start to implement their project supported by the Russian Geographical Society.