The Summer School is organized by the Gorno-Altaisk State University (Russia) and the Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) in cooperation with Russian and international partners. It is designed as an “action school” set to explore and find solutions to real life problems, with the Altai Mountains, one of Russia’s highest mountain systems, set as the case study area. The School will include research methodology training and group work on multidisciplinary research projects. Transfer between Krasnoyarsk and Gorno-Altaisk will involve an overnight train trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway.  

The target audience is senior MA and PhD students, early-stage researchers, civil servants, environmental NGO activists and anyone interested/involved in the management and governance of mountain systems, EU studies, and governance of natural resources in general.

The focus will be on monitoring, reporting and verification systems for governance of mountain social-ecological systems, recognition of early warnings and development of science-policy interfaces. This discussion will be primarily based on the EU experience. It will be analyzed for its applicability in Russian (in particular Siberian) socio-economic, political and biophysical context.

The school will be held in Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk, Gorno-Altaisk State University and at two case study locations in the Altai Mountains.  

Travel and accommodation are covered by participants. There are no tuition fees. The School fee covers catering, accommodation, local transportation and excursion costs; some of the costs are partly or fully subsidized by the Siberian Federal University. If you represent an institution involved in SMART or SUNRAISE Erasmus+ projects (,, please contact your local coordinators for the information on fee waivers.

Please apply here before April 10, 2018, if you need a Russian visa, and before May 20, 2018 (if you do not need the visa).

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