March, 26 2nd International Neumayer-Symposium on Polar Research
Following the great success of the 1st Symposium held in 2001 we are pleased to invite all scientists working on any aspect of the polar regions to meet from Sept. 20th until Sept. 23rd 2007 in Bad Durkheim, Germany, for the 2nd International Neumayer-Symposium on Polar Research, together with the Award of the “Georg von Neumayer-Medal”.
The meeting will consist of three sessions of talks, each one lasting 20 minutes (including discussion). Talks will be grouped based on broad themes.
March, 28 The largest ice-breaker in the world is ready
The Russian flag is hoisted on the ice-breaker ”50 years after the victory” of the Murmansk shipping company. Now the vessel is ready to conquer high latitudes.
A solemn ceremony was organized in the Baltic shipyard in St-Petersburg where the giant was built.
The foundation of the ice-breaker was laid in 1989, four years later it was floated on the river Neva. Due to lack of finances further construction was postponed. However, 18 years later the works were finally accomplished. It was decided that the Murmansk shipping company would exploit the new ice-breaker.