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From May 21 to 31, 2013, Murmansk State Technical University holds Europe Days


From 21st to 31st of May, 2013, Murmansk State Technical University holds Europe Days within the scope of the project "Establishment of the EU Center in the Barents region of Russia" implemented under the financial support of the European Union.
It is the second time when Murmansk State Technical University organizes Europe Days in Murmansk. This year Europe Days program includes various and interesting events: Educational Seminar "International Practices in the Sphere of Energy Efficiency and Energy Supply" the co-organizer of which is Murmansk Regional Center for Demonstration and Education in Energy Efficiency and Energy Supply; Finnish cultural festival for children jointly organized with Foreign Languages Department of Murmansk Regional Children and Youth Library with the support of Murmansk office of the Consulate General of Finland; Video Journey to Germany; Exhibition "Northern Renaissance" jointly organized with Art Department of the library presenting art of building models, pictures, art works as well as the greatest and famous writers and painters of German Renaissance; Literary Translation Competition from Italian, French and German languages into Russian; Germany cultural festival with the participation of Murmansk Germany-Russian Center. Europe Days started on the 21st of May with the Sientific Seminar "Ecological Safety of Water Resources in the Arctic region of Russia and the European Union" held at the conference hall of Park Inn Radisson Poliarnie Zori. Theme of the seminar was not randomly chosen as according to the Presidential Decree, the year 2013 has for the first time in Russian history been declared the Year of environmental protection. The aim of the seminar was to outline the main causes of Arctic waters pollution, motivate the experience exchange and promote the discussion among the participants regarding the experience of our nebougring European countries in implementation of water management system, wastewater treatment technologies and wastewater cleaning measures.

The following panel discussion topics were covered:
"Cooperation between Russia and EU in the sphere of Radiation Ecology in Euro – Arctic Region"; "Environmental Safety of Mining and Metallurgical Industry of the Barents Region"; "Scandinavian Countries Experience in Wastewater Treatment"; "Monitoring of Water Bodies in Russia and EU"; "Interaction of Non-governmental Organization in the sphere of Environmental Safety of the Arctic waters of Russia and EU"; "Practical aspects of Phosphate Removal from Wastewater", "Comparative Analysis of Water Quality Standardization of Water Bodies in Russia and EU" and others.
Seminar participants discussed a number of topical issues because pollution of environment is a pressing challenge of modern society. Human activities have a significant impact on all spheres of the Earth including hydrosphere. Nadezhda Kasatkina, PhD in Chemistry, Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI KSC RAS), addressed matters related to radiation pollution of the Arctic seas and told of international projects and cooperation between MMBI and EU institutions in the sphere of radiation security. Grigoriy Voskoboynikov, professor of MMBI presented report on role of biota in cleaning of coastal areas of the Barents Sea from petrochemicals. Increasing pace of pollution of surface and ground water causes concerns not only for Russia, but also for European countries. Researchers from MMBI together with colleagues from University of Tromso conducted research on role of marine algae and hydrocarbon oxidizing bacterium in neutralization of oil pollution and suggested sanitary algae plantation for biological treatment of sea waters. Olga Fedorova, Head of Ecology and Environmental Protection Department of MSTU told about wastewater treatment technologies used in Finland. Rapid consumer market growth entails the continuous growth of municipal wastewater generation and accumulation, and the issue of wastewater disposing is one of the major problems of mankind and in this regard wastewater recycling has become essential for each state in the world. Nataliya Stepanova, chief process engineer, state regional unitary enterprise "Murmanskvodokanal" (water supply community service) presented report on theory and practices of Phosphate Removal from Wastewater. Report on role of Russian and International non-governmental organization, initiative groups, ecology movement in the environment protection also was presented as well as many other actual questions were discussed.
The seminar reveals that development of cross-border cooperation in the sphere of water resources environmental management and conservation has become more important with the years. Joint international projects, researches and cross-border cooperation development and broadening can serve as a tool for searching effective ways of many ecological problems solving, implementing environmentally effective and resources-saving technologies and equipment and at the same time contributing to economic progress on the international and local level.

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