Nadezhda Kudryasheva, SETAC Russian Language Branch President

Russian Siberia is a valuable and crucial ecosystem, and it’s important for SETAC to include this area in its activities. We would like to draw attention to the eastern part of Russia, which geographically does not belong to Europe but to Asia. This is a huge territory behind the Ural Mountains—Russian Siberia and the Far East. Vast areas of tundra, taiga and steppe provide the ability to mitigate anthropogenic interventions, keeping a natural balance, which is highly important for climate sustainability worldwide.

The challenges and capacity to restore huge, minimally populated areas contributed to the reason why citizens, managers and businesses did not worry about ecological problems, and they did not feel a need to follow the modern ecological approaches of western countries with high-density populations. However, the current development of industrial production is threatening the natural balance; ecological damage is becoming more and more evident. Siberia is now called an “area of ecological contrasts.”

Human ecological activity grows, which requires a new basis for a solution to current problems. Scientific and business potential for the Siberian region is high; the desire to solve ecological problems is significant. However, international experience in environmental science, education, management and business would be very useful, and we invite SETAC to engage in mutual ecological activity. It would be of high value if the Russian Symposium “Diagnosis and assessment of complex systems,” which will be conducted from 14–16 September 2020 in the Siberian city Krasnoyarsk, could be the first real step towards developing a cooperation between SETAC and the Siberian territories. We invite all our colleagues to attend this meeting. For more information about this meeting, visit www.russianbranch.setac.org, where we will post details as soon as they become available. Otherwise, please contact Nadezhda Kudryasheva.

Preliminary topics of the symposium: Biophysics of photobiological processes; metabolism biophysics; ecological systems in extreme conditions; methods of description and modeling; modern medical technology; nanosystems for biomedical applications; and modern technologies of clinical laboratory diagnostics: centralization and decentralized solutions.

Author’s contact information: n-qdr@yandex.ru

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