Friday, October 11, 2019

First circular

Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
Russian Academy of Sciences branch of Biological Sciences
RAS Karelian Research Center Institute of Biology
RAS Institute of Forest Science
Russian Botanical Society
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Finnish-Russian Working Group on Nature Conservation
International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG)

International symposium
(Russia, Petrozavodsk, September
14-18, 2020)

Dear colleagues!

We are happy to invite you to MIRES OF NORTHERN EURASIA: BIOSPHERIC FUNCTION, DIVERSITY, MANAGEMENT international symposium which will be held in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia on September 14-18 2020.

Mire ecosystems are an essential part of forest and tundra zone landscapes where they can occupy the expansive area. The mires of the North have unique biospheric functions and great economical importance. North Eurasia countries have their traditions in the field of mire research and land management. Intensive economic involvement in Northern mires in the second half of the 1900th required the development of strategies for the rational use and conservation of mire diversity. Extensive work has been carried out in many countries and regions to restore disturbed mires and create artificial mires during recent decades. The scientific cooperation of the Nordic countries has been successfully developing on these problems for several decades; new research methods are being developed and implemented, actively developing in connection with the advent of new technical capabilities. The results of such work are regularly discussed at many scientific events. The symposium organized will allow participants to share their new results, to discuss new research methods, and to outline future tasks and prospects for cooperation.

The key topics planned to discuss on the symposium are:
1. Biological diversity and structure of mire biota: mire plant and animal communities and populations;
2. Modern techniques of mire research;
3. Dynamics, functions, other ecological tasks of intact and transformed mire ecosystems;
4. Mires and climate: the past and the present;
5. Scientific basis for mire restoration;
6. Management and ecosystem services of mires under contemporary conditions.

Working languages: Russian and English. Synchronic translation for English-speakers is expected.
The symposium is going to maintain plenary talks, works in topic oral sections, poster session, and excursions to mire sites near Petrozavodsk.

If you are interested in participating in the symposium please fill the form attached and send it to the organizing committee before 16.02.2020 via e-mail ( 
The Second Circular containing information on the venue, transportation, accommodation, organizational fees and instructions on abstracts submissions, is expected in March 2020.

Important dates:
Registration Form submission deadline:  18.02.2020.
Second Circular: March 2020.
Abstracts submission deadline: 01.06.2020 г.
Third Circular: May 2020.

Organizing Committee Chairman
Dr.Biol. Oleg Kuznetsov
Organizing Committee Secretaries
Cand.Biol. Sergey Znamenskiy
Cand.Biol. Lyuba Kantserova

185910, Petrozavodsk, ul. Pushkinskaya 11
RAS Karelian Research Center Institute of Biology
Phone: +7(8142) 561679
Fax: +7(8142)769810
The preferable way of contact to Organizing Committee is e-mail.

We would be greatly appreciated for the distribution of information on the symposium among your colleagues related to mires and mire studies.

The preliminary organization fee is estimated as a rouble equivalent of 50 Euro (30 Euro for students). Accommodation is suggested in the hotels in the city center. The price of accommodation is to be varying from 10 Euro per day (dormitory bed) up to 100-120 Euro.


  1. Hello,
    Is it possible to come with 20-25 students. I asked my students and the interest was huge. I may not be able to give the names by 18.2. but the number of students could be given. We would come by a Finnish bus and use the weekends before and after the symposium. This would thus be also a course for my students.
    Harri Vasander

    1. Hi Harri! Nice to hear from you.

      I think there is no problem to bring the group of your students, just communicate Oleg about possible places to visit during your course etc.

      Names actually are not necessary by the official registration deadline if those studenst are supposed to come without reports (we need to have some information about symposium reports to apply for a symposium grant). But please register yourself by 18.02. And sure, we are going to need their personal data later for preparing visa invitations. NB! If there are non-EU citizens in your group they must send us their perosnal data ASAP, the procedure of making visas is more complicated amd tales more time.