Underwater Research Seminar

A scientific and practical seminar ‘The Underwater Environment. Problems of Study and Preservation of Cultural and Historical Marine Heritage’ was held at the Centre of Marine Research and Technologies of Sevastopol State University (SevSU). Apart from the employees and students of SevSU, cadets from the Nakhimov Black Sea Higher Naval School (Sevastopol) took part as well.

During the seminar the participants shared their experiences of planning and carrying out applied research in the marine (underwater) environment. Employees of SevSU and the invited specialists presented reports demonstrating the technical capabilities of modern equipment for the research of the marine environment.

The main feature of marine researches is that they are interdisciplinary and inter-professional. It is the effective interaction of a few spheres that makes underwater research a success, said Dmitriy Tatarkov, the director of the scientific and educational centre ‘The Centre of Marine Research and Technologies’.

Representatives from different spheres such as historical, technological, juridical and organizational who take part in marine expeditions were invited to the seminar too.

The retired 1st Rank Captain, Victor Igorevich Dvyshorstnyi, in his report presented materials and archive data about an important marine expedition for Crimea and Russia. The law aspect of underwater research was presented by Oksana Stanislavovna Statsenko, the head of the department of ‘Theory and History of the State and Law’, of the Law Institute of SevSU, the only higher educational institution in Russia that carries out education in the specialization ‘Maritime Law’.

The head of the faculty of education for foreign militaries of the Nakhimov Black Sea Higher Naval School, 1st Rank Captain, Kirill Valentinovich Smolyakov, added to the various reports.

The employee of the Centre of Research and Technologies of SevSU, diving specialist, Vladimir Panteleevich Sidorenko, gave the graduates of the naval school books ‘Diving Fellowship’ and wished future divers to learn from others’ mistakes and avoid their own.

‘This is our first meeting among students as before we only met with administrative types. We hope that such events will be held regularly’, said Kirill Smolyakov and added: ‘such co-operation will broaden our opportunities in the sphere of education and science and will help to make up the shortfall of highly qualified young specialists having specific competencies in the sphere of marine research and technologies’.

At the end of February the head of the naval school, Alexander Petrovich Grinkevich, met the rector of SevSU, Valeriy Ivanovich Koshkin. The issues concerning the co-operation of the two leading educational institutions in Sevastopol (nowadays the cadets of the naval school can obtain a civil speciality at SevSU), and joint events such as sailing regattas for a prize given by the head of the Nakhimov Black Sea Higher Naval School where students of SevSU can participate were discussed.