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The summer school of the Russian Geographical Society is a place for exchange of experience and knowledge about the current state of geographical science between young specialists and leading scientists, helping them take part in research and social activities.

Participants learn about the latest discoveries in geography and have a unique opportunity to meet with popular lecturers, outstanding researchers, and famous travelers. They discuss top issues of geography and geo-ecology, learn how to organize scientific research and get practical skills of presentations, discussions and debates. Moreover, students of the Summer school learn how the social order influences the development of science.

The Summer school program is designed to widen personal, professional and business ties; it provides an opportunity for presentation and promotion of personal projects, participation in joint projects and gives a boost for new ideas.

Lecturers of the summer school are leading scientists, theorists and practitioners in the field of physical, economic, social geography, psychologists, representatives of state structures and institutions, travelers, and famous personalities.

The scientific organizing committee is headed by Dean of MSU Faculty of Geography, First vice-president of the Russian Geographical Society, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences N.S. Kasimov.

Students of 4-5 courses, undergraduates, postgraduates and young specialists in the field of geography, ecology, tourism and environmental management aged 18 to 35 from Russia and the CIS countries are invited to join in the summer school.

The first Summer School was held in 2013, and many young scientists who participated in it were encouraged for further professional and personal growth. Thus, the winner in the category of "Economic, social and medical geography" Ilya Smirnov from Tver won a grant from the Russian Geographical Society in 2014, which he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Society. At the same time, the winner of the first school Galina Rodko from Novosibirsk took part in the annual International Conference of the Association of Geographers of Great Britain in April 2014.

The second Summer School was held from 20 to 27 July 2014, its participants were 35 young scientists from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The students attended lectures by academicians, professors, famous scientists, well-known photographers, researchers and travelers who came to the cultural and educational center "ETNOMIR" in the Kaluga region. The program of the Summer school was intense and diverse: it included lectures and debates, workshops and round tables, games and trainings, creative meetings with travelers and photographers, tours and urban orienteering. As a result of one of the master classes, nine students of the school had an opportunity to put their ideas on eco-education on Lake Baikal into reality (as part of the event "360 minutes for the sake of Lake Baikal").

The third Summer School was held from 23 to 29 August 2015 in the cultural and educational center "ETNOMIR". Its participants were 34 students, postgraduates and young scientists from Russia and the CIS countries. 34 teachers from different countries of the world trained the students of the school. A feature of the III Summer school was that a large number of foreign lecturers from France, the USA, Holland, the UK and Israel participated in it. The educational program included trainings, discussions, meetings, master classes, excursions, presentation of research projects in three areas: physical geography; ecology; economic, social and recreational geography. The best project in each category was awarded special prizes from the Russian Geographical Society and Vokrug Sveta geographic magazine. Graduates Oberyukhtina and Mikhail Bukovsky took part in the second all-Russian youth convention of the Russian Geographical Society. In 2016, Tatiana won a grant from the Russian Geographical Society, having suggested organizing the Geography Olympiad-quest for young people “De Gennin’s Roads”.

The fourth Summer School was held from 13 to 21 August 2016, again in the cultural and educational center "ETNOMIR". Its participants were 34 students and 33 teachers from around the world. The organizers of the Summer school prepared a rich scientific and cultural program for its participants. It includes theoretical classes, master classes, games, brain-rings, quests. The program was devoted to both physical and economic geography, as well as tourism, ecology and other related disciplines. The closing ceremony of the Summer school in the evening of August 20 was much more like a theater skit than the end of a scientific conference. "This is not only intensive scientific classes, but also the beginning of a great friendship," the guys agreed.

The fifth Summer School was held from August 19 to 26, 2017 in the "ETNOMIR" again. The main theme was environmental protection. During the week, 35 geographers from Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus were gaining knowledge about the environmental problems of our time and the environmental situation in the regions of Russia, about current trends and technologies in the field of ecology and environmental protection, about domestic research and achievements in geography, ecology and related sciences. The program included master classes, trainings, film screenings, excursions, intellectual games, practical classes, lectures by leading experts and scientists, as well as meetings with famous travelers and media representatives. So, for example, participants in the Summer School 2017 met with the editor and producer of the film “The Polar Brotherhood", team leader of the “Chto? Gde? Kogda?” Club (“What? Where? When?” club) Elena Potanina, executive producer, director of “RD Studio” LLC Kristina Kozlova and documentary filmmaker, author of films about Antarctica Olga Stefanova.

The sixth Summer School "Geography for All" was held from August 19 to 26, 2018 in St. Petersburg. The event was sponsored by the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO). The main theme of the Summer School was the popularization of geography. Young people worked on group projects that were evaluated by a professional jury. As part of the RGS Summer School, children attended creative meetings with public figures, journalists, photographers, travelers, television presenters, lectures by famous scientists, workshops, master classes, geographical quests, team games, and excursions.

The seventh Summer School was held from August 17 to 25, 2019 in Moscow and the Kaluga region. The project program was divided into thematic blocks: Russian Geographical Society: "Discover Russia Again. Together!"; "Youth in the Field of Humanitarian International Cooperation"; "Geography for All"; "Design Laboratory"; "Laboratory for the Development of Competencies". Within the framework of the program, participants exchanged experience, knowledge and ideas of public initiatives in the field of geography and related sciences, met well-known public figures, increased their competence, developed universal leadership qualities, learned effective methods of project management and working with human capital, and also gained public speaking skills and presentations.



Photo by: the press service of the Society
18 August 2018

The international summer school will take place in St. Petersburg from 19 to 26 August

Photo by: the press service of the Society
08 May 2018

This year the event will be devoted to the promotion of geography