The youth intellectual club met at the Moscow HQ of the Russian Geographical Society to discuss projects and project management. Thirty young geographers, as well as experts from the Society’s Executive Directorate took part in the meeting.
The youth intellectual club of the Russian Geographical Society was founded in 2015. It unites enthusiastic and proactive students, postgraduates and young specialists interested in the problems Russia's development. Anyone aged between 14 and 35 can take part in activities of the club.
During the meeting, the participants learnt what socially significant projects are and how they are implemented, how to initiate projects and organize teamwork, what to pay attention to when preparing an organizational plan. They also got to know why it is important to promote projects: how to write press releases and to submit for grant support, what support is provided by the Russian Geographical Society in the implementation of public projects.
"The situation at present is that most really interesting ideas remain only ideas. This happens, of course, for various reasons: there is no time, no understanding of where to start, where to go and to where to ask for support. As part of this meeting, we wanted to give the participants the tools and skills that will help them get closer to the implementation of their projects", said Ellina Pekurovskaya, an employee of the RGS Executive Directorate, a specialist in project activities.
Then all the participants were divided into two teams to apply the acquired knowledge in practice. Each team had to share responsibilities and roles: to choose a project manager, an accountant, a PR manager and others.
Each team presented its own project and all well-developed materials: an organizational plan, a budget for a grant application and a press release. Representatives of the Executive Directorate evaluated the quality of the work done.
The first prize was given to a project created by a group of schoolchildren: they suggested an idea of team competitions in geography between schools of Russia. The second prize was for the project "Smart rest" focusing on the development of recreation areas in the Moscow region with interactive educational stands telling about the local flora and fauna.
The winners received prizes from the Russian Geographical Society.