Lena Pillars Summer Eco-Geographical School

The 2-week Summer Eco-Geographical School offers an ethnographic and natural research components. Students will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the field research under permafrost conditions, visit the unique natural and cultural sites.


The Lena Pillars Nature Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. The Park gives a unique opportunity to look back into the past of the planet and presents the evidence of "Cambrian explosion" and a phenomenon of the permafrost karst.

The Nature Park covers a total area of 1353 hectares and is endowed with unique natural sights, the most famous of which are the Lena Pillars, Buotama pillars, Sinsk pillars,  tukulans – the waving sand massifs- a piece of desert in the permafrost, and an archaeological monument of the ancient Paleolithic - Deiring Yuriakh.

The Lena Pillars Nature Park is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List on the basis of the VIII criterion: «The site being an outstanding example representing major stages of the Earth's history, including the record of ancient life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic phenomenon».

Participation fee (includes accommodation, transportation, excursions and field meal):

7 000 rubles (200 euros).

12 500 rubles (150 Euros)- for students from partner universities within bilateral agreements.

Target group: Bachelor, Master and postgraduate students who are interested in Natural Sciences and Tourism, Geography issues, Geology, Paleontology, Biology, Tourism, History, Ethnography, etc. 

NOTE: The original application deadline has been extended until June 1, 2016.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Master, PhD
CountryRussia
Language of instructionRussian
InstitutionNorth-Eastern Federal University
Begin date19.07.2016
End date01.08.2016
Registration deadline01.06.2016
ECTS credits2.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyHistory and archaeologyEnvironmental scienceEarth science
Teaching placeLena Pillars Nature Park, Yakutia
Teaching termSummer
Tagsfield schoolbiologysummer schoolgeographygeologypaleontology
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