On October 17–19, 2023, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) and A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS (NSCMB FEB RAS) will hold a bilateral workshop with main topic: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem in a Changing Ocean: toward Sustainable Development Goals in Qingdao, China. The workshop will combine oral and poster presentations, and discussions.
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Official reception at the Consulate General of the Republic of India On January 26, 2023 the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Vladivostok held a reception to mark the 74th anniversary of India's major national holiday, Republic Day. Representatives of the NSCMB FEB RAS and its branch, the Primorsky Aquarium, have been invited.
A joint Russian-Chinese annual meeting was held online on November 30, 2022 to discuss a scientific project themed Marine Biodiversity Change and Ecosystem Health Assessment of Northwest Pacific Driven by Global Change1 (Russian Federation-People’s Republic of China). The meeting was organized by the co-leaders of the project: Director of the Jiaozhou Bay Marine Ecosystem Research Station, CAS, Deputy Director of the Key Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Environmental Sciences, CAS, Professor of the Institute of Oceanology, CAS, Dr. Xiaoxia Sun and Head of the International Cooperation Department of the NSCMB FEB RAS, Head of the Laboratory of Systematics and Morphology of the NSCMB FEB RAS, PhD Konstantin A. Lutaenko, and by the three partner institutes: the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS; and the Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The meeting was attended by 27 researchers from Chinese and Russian scientific institutions, including the former Director of the Institute of Oceanology, CAS, Prof. Song Sun.
Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Systematics, Genetics and Ecology of Marine Organisms, an all-Russian Conference in memory of Academician Oleg G. Kussakin, has ended at the NSCMB FEB RAS (A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences). The Conference was organized in the framework of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (2022), the Decade of Science and Technology, and the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Its main goals were to encourage better collaboration between researchers and professionals and to promote the development of marine science and ocean literacy. The scientific program of the Conference covered the following fields of marine biology: the history of marine biology research; systematics and phylogeny of marine organisms; marine ecology, biogeography and biocenology; biodiversity of seas and oceans; biology of aquatic organisms as a theoretical basis for aquaculture and animal husbandry at public aquaria.
Over 150 participants from 11 cities of Russian Federation and 2 other countries (Republics of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) were registered for the Conference. The total number of participants together with co-authors of the presentations exceeded 200 people. Eighty oral presentations and sixty-two posters were presented at the event. Members of academic institutions and universities, as well as attendees from fishery research institutes affiliated with VNIRO (Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography), from nature conservation and management organizations and even from the Far Eastern Law Institute, branch of the Prosecution Service University of the Russian Federation, took part in the Conference. Over 40 regions of Russia were represented, from Astrakhan to Murmansk and from Sevastopol to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The geography of studies encompassed most areas of the World ocean, from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
The Conference was a hybrid event with in-person and virtual attendance options. It also included a presentation competition for young scientists from the NSCMB FEB RAS. Day Three of the Conference was hosted at the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS and covered topics of professional interest of Aquarium staff members who gave presentations as well. One of the sessions focused on aquaculture issues and featured a series of insightful presentations delivered by staff scientists from the Pacific Branch of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography. In addition, the Conference guests were taken on a tour to Vostok, a marine biological station, where, after the session, they had an opportunity to explore its infrastructure and capabilities for scientific research into marine life. The Conference participants appreciated the high level of presentations and acknowledged the tremendous efforts made by the Organizing Committee throughout the planning and running of the Conference.
Marine Biology in the 21st Century is steadily becoming an important event for the community of marine biologists in Russia, which is evidenced by the fact that the number of submissions this year exceeded the number of speaking slots available. The theme for the 2023 Conference is Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Embryology, Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology of Marine Organisms, and it will be held in memory of Academician Vladimir L. Kasyanov.
During its official visit to Vladivostok, the Council of Young Scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) visited the Primorsky Aquarium to meet with young scientists from the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS). In the course of the meeting, biologists reported on their current work and offered suggestions about collaboration to the researchers from related fields.
Sergei Turanov, a young geneticist from the NSCMB FEB RAS, spoke about the importance of bioinformatical techniques and about state-of-the-art strategies for collecting genetic material as well as about difficulties arising during the transfer of samples and information sharing aimed at enhancing global scientific research. Sergei also stated that physiology and medicine were areas where researchers from various fields of science could carry out joint projects.
Polina Mischenko, a staff scientist at the Primorsky Aquarium Shared Equipment Facility, told the delegation about her research focused on marine mammals. Her investigations include hormonal states of animals, their cognitive abilities and comparison of blood biochemistry of marine mammals kept in indoor pools and in sea-pen enclosures.
Stanislau Yuretski, Chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the NASB, noted that the whole delegation was impressed by the present level of scientific activity at the institutions within the FEB RAS and a high potential for its further development.
"We visited institutions representing a range of scientific disciplines, and I managed to find some areas of common interest and new ideas for research almost in each of them," said Viktoriya Golovenchik, a staff scientist at the Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Bioresources. "During this trip, we exchanged contacts and discussed opportunities for cooperation with a lot of young scientists."
On the completion of the science-related portion of the visit, the guests were given a tour of the Primorsky Aquarium. The Belarusian delegation appreciated the excellent educational environment of the facility and the beauty of its exhibits.
In September 2022, Shri Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, paid an official visit to Vladivostok to participate in the Russia-India session at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). The delegation also included Sai Murali Seviti, Consul General of India in Vladivostok, and several escorts. On September 6, 2022, the delegation attended the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS where the distinguished guests enjoyed an overview tour of the facility. The guests got acquainted with the Aquarium’s exhibits introducing the public to the diversity of marine and freshwater life across the globe.
The interests of India and Russia lie in the broad areas of social and economic life, politics and ecology. Thus, when delivering his speech at the EEF, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, affirmed his country’s commitment to the “Act in the Far East” policy. This policy has become an important component of the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership" between India and Russia. Currently, a number of joint Russian-Indian projects in different fields are being run, including those aimed at developing cooperation in science and technology on the Russian Far East between the two countries.
In 2021, the NSCMB FEB RAS signed some agreements for science cooperation with two Indian scientific institutions: one Memorandum of Understanding was concluded with the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (SCIR-NIO), Goa, India, and the other was signed with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER-K). The latter Memorandum endorsed the establishment of the Centre for Excellence in Blue Economy.
At the Primorsky Aquarium, the delegation of high-ranking officials was met by Head of the International Cooperation Department at the NSCMB FEB RAS, Konstantin Lutaenko.
On June 26, 2022 a Russian-Chinese on-line meeting was held with the participation of NSCMB FEB RAS. The meeting was initiated by the Chinese-Russian Fisheries Platform Center (Hunchun city). The event was attended by the Russian Embassy in China, the Chinese Consulate General in Vladivostok, the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS, the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries, the city governments of Hunchun, Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Changchun and by a number of representatives of interested organizations..
The NSCMB FEB RAS was represented by Dr. Sergey Maslennikov, Senior Researcher of the Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, who delivered a presentation entitled "Cultivation of commercial crab species".
Zhang Shouzhi, Deputy Mayor of Hunchun Municipal Government, made proposals to develop of a Joint Chinese-Russian Laboratory of East Asian Aquaculture and presented the "Development Plan for the Chinese-Russian Cooperation in the Russian Far East (2018 - 2024)". The plan points out seven priority areas for trade and economic collaboration between Russia and China, including aquaculture. Over recent years, especially since 2018, the city of Hunchun, Jilin Province and the Russia’s border regions have made significant progress in the development of seafood trade.
The participants in the meeting underlined that the creation of the Joint Laboratory of East Asian Aquaculture would enable China and Russia to further facilitate cooperation in scientific research and thus to achieve mutually beneficial results in the field of industrial fish farming.
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