At the symposium, TN members presented their findings on nutrition, hygienic and psychological aspects of labour in the Arctic. Andrey Lobanov, deputy director of the Arctic Research Center of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, spoke about food additives from northern plants and animal products that increase human resistance to the harsh Arctic climate.

NArFU representatives shared the intermediate results of comparing the psychological aspects of working on rotational basis in the North and in the South. In 2019, researchers visited an oil platform in the Caspian Sea:

“There are similar problems, patterns in terms of psychological adaptation, so some technologies can be used both in the North and in the South,” said Yana Korneeva, TN coordinator, Head of the Psychology Department at the Higher School of Psychology, Pedagogy and Physical Culture of NArFU.

The symposium was followed by the IV scientific-practical school "Work on rotational basis in the Arctic - success and health". In 2019, for the first time the school was held within the framework of ASSW in the international format.

The participants were students, whose future work will be on rotational basis in the Arctic, young specialists already working on at oil and gas companies, undergraduate and gradute psychology students. 

The program of the school included business games (mini-interviews, role-playing games, professional tests) and trainings on stress tolerance, emotional management and conflict resolution.

“We could adapt our scientific knowledge to each situation, it was very informative, and participants gave positive feedback. Next year we plan to finalize the details and conduct the school in the same format within ICASS X”, said Yana Korneeva.


Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 was held in Arkhangelsk from May 22 to 30 at two UArctic member universities: Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Northern State Medical University.