Full Programme


Online sessions and events


  • Special session on the UN decade of Science for Sustainable Development;

  • World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS): special session on marine stations as platforms for international research and collaboration and a role of WAMS in facilitating it;

  • Biological fouling beneath the photic depths - cross-cutting research opportunities;

  • Fieldwork training and qualification qualification courses for marine mammal specialists - from observing to tagging to rescue;

  • TBC.


Science sessions (in-person)

1. Oceanology

  • The state of the marine environment: current knowledge and future challenges;

  • Structure, transport and transformations of the water masses in the World Ocean;

  • Remote technologies of marine research;

  • Latest updates from expeditions and fieldwork;

  • Modelling in the ocean sciences.


2. Hydrology

  • The state of the Water resources in the Russian Federation;

  • Water quality assessments in the marine environment;

  • Research methods in hydrology, hydrogeochemistry, water physics and biology;

  • Evolution and development of aquatic ecosystems;

  • The lakes in the northern regions and greenhouse gases.

 3. Marine Geology

  • Gases and gas hydrates in marine sediments;

  • Underwater mass transport processes;

  • Mud volcanoes;

  • Glacial and periglacial continental margins;

  • Sedimentary systems of the Modern Ocean;

  • Marine mineral resources.


4. Hydrographic and Geophysical Surveys in aquatic systems

  • Advances in methods in marine geophysics and hydrography;

  • Data quality control and processing;

  • Results and interpretation; 

  • Project management in science and research;

  • Results interpretation;

  • Integrated fundamental and industrial projects;

  • Educational programs.


5. Marine Biology

  • Biodiversity of marine ecosystems;

  • Functional structure of the marine habitats;

  • Morphology, anatomy and physiology of marine organisms;

  • Biodiversity and ecosystems of the relict coastal lakes;

  • Modern methods in marine biology;

  • Embryophytes, algae and mycophyta research;

  • Developmental biology and life cycles.


6. Sustainable management, Conservation and Environmental Protection

  • Impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems;

  • Integrated coastal management;

  • Marine Protected Areas (MPA) establishment and operation;

  • Aquacultures – development and maintenance;

  • Legal aspects of marine resource management.


7. Underwater cultural heritage

  • Approaches and research methods;

  • Education and training;

  • Challenges of scuba- diving as a sampling technique.


8. Special session towards United Nations Decade of Ocean science for sustainable development (2021-2030) and the IOC of UNESCO 60th birthday.


9. Session «Science outreach in cinematography»


Round table meetings (in-person)

  • Antarctic bottom water circulation;
  • Dangerous and catastrophic geological and hydrological processes of the past and present;
  • Sub-aquatic natural gas hydrates;
  • Geology of the marine and lake periglacial basins and their modern analogues;
  • Development of hardware and software for hydro and seismic acoustic systems;
  • Determination and mapping of benthic communities;
  • Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): implications for the studies of the marine ecosystems dynamics; platforms for scientific collaboration; challenges and management
  • Challenges in the regulation of the scientific diving activities;
  • Overview of marine offshore stationary stations. The development of international cooperation;
  • «In honour of 75th anniversary of Professor Mikhail Ivanov».