August 18, on the birthday of the Russian Geographical Society and the Geographer’s Day, the first Lesson from the Ocean was held. It was held in the format of a forum with international participation Geography in the modern world: experience, methods, innovations. The event was organized by the Tomsk branch of the RGS and school Integration from Tomsk.More than 90 people participated in the full-time or remote forum, among which – geographers from the Tomsk region, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Cyprus, Indonesia, as well as the crew of round-the-world expedition Russian Ocean Way – Eugene Kovalevsky and Stanislav Berezkin.
Pyotr Kaminsky opened the Forum and welcomed the participants on behalf of Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Governor of the Tomsk Region for Scientific and Educational Complex and Digital Transformation. He pointed out that the Department hopes that the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society will be very fruitful in its work with schoolchildren.
Julia Kalyuzhnaya, Executive Director of the Tomsk branch of the RGS, on behalf of Eduard Galazhinsky, the Rector of Tomsk State University, and herself, congratulated all conference participants:
“Dear geographers – you are the ones who bring the happiness of learning the world, it is you who charge the interest in comprehending the truth, discoveries, research. We wish you happiness and prosperity to geographical science!”
The moderator of the conference, director of the school “Integration” Liliya Pikalova congratulated on the Geographer’s Day and emphasized the importance of this profession in the modern world.
“Geographers are teachers and professors, explorers, navigators, geologists, travelers, glaciologists, hydrologists, and representatives of many other professions. Geographers are those who provide the rationale for changes in the use of natural resources and suggest rational ways to solve the problems associated with them,” said Pikalova.
The Geographer’s Day is a young holiday. It has been celebrated since 2020 at the initiative of the Russian Geographical Society. The Russian Geographical Society celebrates its birthday on August 18 and has played a huge role in the establishment and development of science about the Earth in our country. For the 176 years of its existence the Society has significantly contributed to the discovery of new lands, in particular Siberia and the Far East, the study of the oceans, conducting expeditions, the establishment of meteorology and climatology. Vladimir Kotlyakov, Honorary President of the Russian Geographical Society, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, addressed the forum with a welcoming speech.
“I would like to congratulate geographers of Siberia, especially to wish them a lot of travels and new research so that we can know this vast territory of the globe and Russia even more deeply,” said the scientist.
The crew members of the Russian Ocean Way expedition Eugene Kovalevskiy and Stanislav Berezkin got in touch from Brest, France and told about the Baltic stage of the round-the-world expedition, during which they visited Finland, Sweden and Germany, and also shared their impressions of the Netherlands and France. Eugene and Stanislav noted that it was very interesting for them to learn the history of the countries, to visit military and maritime museums.
“In our expedition we learn things that in normal life for various reasons we do not get to us. And then with the help of Lessons from the ocean, we bring this information to the children, “- said the head of the expedition Eugene Kovalevskiy.
Eugene and Stanislav answered the questions on the air. So, the travelers highlighted that they were warmly welcomed in every port. According to the participants of the expedition, their trimaran is about to be drowned by gifts. Team members told how they coped with ship breakdowns and how they encouraged themselves in moments of despair.
“Tension is well relieved by water. Sometimes while driving I ask Stas to stop and jump overboard into the cold water,” said Eugene Kovalevskiy. “Coffee helps me in such moments,” admitted Stanislav Berezkin.
Many forum participants shared their experiences in geography, teaching and project activities. Tatiana Romashova, PhD in Geography from Tomsk State University, spoke about the areas of interaction between the Department of Geology and Geography and schools. Inna Negodina presented the Association of Geography Teachers of Tomsk region and told how an extracurricular course for school children Living geography lessons: on the way of Russian circumnavigators was created. Liliya Pikalova shared her experience of conducting pilot Lessons from the ocean and urged all geographers to join the unique project.
Daria Loyola, Director of the Center of the Russian Geographical Society in France, got in touch with the colleagues. She spoke about the peculiarities of geography teaching in French schools and the popularization of knowledge about Russia in the country.
“The French geographical school is distinguished by its special attention to man and the cycles of his life. It is not without reason that it is called the geography of man. Particular attention is paid to the study of the geography of the native country: the structure of teaching is built in such a way that the geography of France is considered throughout the study”, – quotes the press service of the Tomsk branch of the RGS quotes Loyola.
The event was organized with the active support of the administration of the Tomsk region and the Department of General Education of the Tomsk region.