Student conference-Arctic University of Norway and University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

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University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice(CZ)
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Study tour
University of Tromso – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)(NO)


The aim of the project is to organize international Polar ecology conference with the cooperation of the University of South Bohemia and the University of Tromso – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The conference is built on a tradition of conferences organised in previous years (where one of them was also supported by EEA and Norway Grants). The support by EEA and Norway Grants is focused on students and early career researchers from UiT to attend the conference and on students from the Czech Republic to have possibility to take part on an international conference without extremely high

Summary of the results

Events organized within the bilateral cooperation between the University of South Bohemia (USB) and the University of Tromso - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) helped young scientist to meet and discuss the scientific achievements and to start or deepen the cooperation. The main theme of the conference were the Interactions between Oceans and Terrestial Ecosystems. In total, 66 participants (students, early career researchers - ECR) from 15 countries attended the conference. Five students and ECR from UiT were directly supported by the Bilateral funds to travel and take an active part on the conference. We (USB) have established the cooperation with Marine Biologist group from UiT (which is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway) and we can state it has been running very smoothly ever since. We are collaborating on projects related to glacier discharge to marine ecosystems in the Arctic. Concerning the planned excursion, we have finally decided to change the place to the Kleť massif (Blanský les) due to its character as the massif is built by metamorphic granulite rock. Due to its strength and dense cracking, a number of morphological features of periglacial relief formed in the exposed granulite massif during the Pleistocene glacials - rocky seas on the cliffs, gravity-modified block rubble on the slopes, Torah ridges and rock castles. We visited the observatory as well. This was a unique opportunity to look at this top scientific workplace.