Life and Earth Sciences and Sustainable Global and Regional Development (AKTRU2019)
International Symposium and Summer Schools

Altai Mountains, Russia, July 8-19, 2019

Recent news and highlights


Memonadum of the AFRUSS2019 workshop Organziers and Speakers is now available on the conference web site.


Photo galleries from AKTRU2019 conference events are now available on the conference web site:










Conference Organizers have reached an agreement with Tomsk Polytechnic University on publication of selected papers from the AKTRU2019 symposium and summer schools (Life and Earth Sciences and Sustainable Global and Regional Development) in the special issue of the international journal Resource-Efficient Technologies. All papers will be reviewed by the journal reviewers according the journal standards for the regular papers. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.


Read Commentaries from the Organizers and Invited Speakers:

Richard Ernst
Alexey Rudoy
Terry Callaghan
Masayuki Kawahigashi
David Hedding


Conference events: Dates and venues

Symposium and the AFRUSS workshop will be held at the tourist resort Manzerok on July 8-10 and July 11-3, respectively.

For information about the schools and the research field trip, please, visit the Summer Schools page.

Conference overview

To download conference leaflet in English click here and in Russian click here

Our home planet Earth which provides us with life and protects from the merciless space becomes small and vulnerable with growing human population demanding more and more resources for its growth, nutrition and ambitious industrial expansion. Understanding the interconnection between limited natural resources and life evolution including human society is critical for sustainable global and regional development. The earth scientists who study climate, atmosphere, soil, and evolution of living organisms provides crucial and often alarming information critically important for urban, industrial and agricultural planning. Scientific study of remote and environmentally sensible regions such as high elevation mountains, deserts and swamps provide unique information about Earth evolution including global impact on the human society.

Altai Mountains (Gold Mountains in Mongolian) are located in the middle of Euro-Asian continent bridging Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Due to its remote location from major urban areas and high elevation the region sustains stable climate and biodiversity since last ice age. With its unique environment Altai is a paradise for life and earth scientists and tourists alike who value natural treasures of pristine environment. Our forum is named after the research station Aktru established in 1956 located in the south-eastern part of the Altai Republic close to the borders to Mongolia and China. The nearest town, Gorno-Altaisk, is located about 250 km northwest of the station. Since 2011 Tomsk State University (TSU) scientists in collaboration with their international colleagues hold yearly Summer schools in July at Aktru station on natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas. In 2019 the Summer school at the Aktru station will be held in conjunction with the international symposium, Summer school on nature management and the research field triip on flora study and collection organized jointly by TSU, Altai State University (AlSU), Gorno-Altaisk State University (GASU) and their international partners. Russian-speaking scientists will also hold a satellite workshop (AFRUSS) on science and education in Russia and international collaboration.

The International Symposium and Summer Schools (AKTRU2019) is an interdisciplinary forum in education and research of various subject areas of life and earth sciences including studies of soil, atmosphere, biodiversity, climatology, geology, paleontology, hydrology and glaciology with specific focus on sustainable global and regional development. The Symposium topics will also cover renewable energy and socio-economics of remote regions. The AKTRU2019 will include three days symposium (July 8-10, 2019) held at the tourist resort Manzherok located at the beautiful mountain river Katun. Symposium is followed by summer schools and research field trip hosted by Tomsk State University, Altai State University and Gorno-Altaysk State University. The international experts are invited to present tutorial lectures and research papers and the young researchers and students are welcome to present posters.

To view the videos about past Summer schools at the Akru research station click on thetitles:
AKTRU2011, AKTRU2013, and AKTRU2014.

Photos from AKTRU 2019

Photos from AKTRU 2018

Photos provided by Tatiana Kolesnikova, AKTRU 2018 School Manager.

Our Sponsors and Partners

Tomsk State University
Altai State University
Gorno-Altaisk State University
Arizona State University
Nano and Giga Solutions
The American-Russian Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota
Tourist resort Manzherok
Tourist resort Manzherok
Tomsk Polytechnic University