Dear colleagues!

We invite You to take part in IV International Scientific and Practical Conference «The Future of the Arctic Starts Here».

The Conference is dedicated to the:

320-th Anniversary of the Order on Ore Mining organization – the first state establishment in Russia which administered ore prospecting and creation of mining and metallurgical enterprises in Russia in the beginning of the 18th century

90-th Anniversary of the FRC KSC RAS (Federal Research Center «Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences»)

60-th Anniversary of the Mining Institute of the Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Apatity, Murmansk region, April 22-25, 2020


The state interest in the mineral resources of the Kola Peninsula has been vital since the first ore-prospecting expeditions sent by Peter the Great to the North-West of the country. Nowadays the mining industry is one of the priority areas for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, which is of strategic importance and ensures the country’s national security in the Arctic.

Since the time of the first expeditions more than 1000 minerals have been discovered and studied in the territory of the modern Murmansk region, that makes up a quarter of all known minerals on the Earth. Deposits of about 100 minerals are unique. Effective mining enterprises of various types are operating in the region.

The future of the mining industry is determined by such trends as increasing the rate of development and implementation of innovative technologies based on interdisciplinary both fundamental and applied scientific researches, automation and digitalization of production. A change in the image of the profession as well as the type of a specialist and requirements applied to him are inevitable. It cannot be achieved without the integration of science and education in the training process of specialists for the mining industry.

In the Arctic, at the heart of the Kola Peninsula, in the town of Apatity the Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FRC KSC RAS) – the only Russian federal research center beyond the Polar Circle – has been conducting its researches for 90 years. It functions in close cooperation with Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU) – the only flagship university in Russia situated in the Arctic. MASU trains specialists with higher and secondary vocational education for the mining industry in its two branches located in the towns of Apatity and Kirovsk.

Presentation, generalization and distribution of the experience of the universities, vocational schools, science and industrial organizations in the field of training qualified engineering specialists who meet the requirements of the time is an urgent task of integrating science and education for the development of the mining industry.

The purpose of the Conference is to determine the development strategy of the mining industry in the Arctic on the basis of analysis and generalization of the experience gained by scientific, scientific-educational and industrial organizations regarding integration of education and fundamental and applied sciences in the fields of geology, mining and geophysics.


The main topics of the Conference (sections):

  • Geology and genesis of ore deposits in the Arctic and Subarctic
  • Fundamental and applied issues of environmental safety and waste disposal of the mining production
  • Innovative geotechnologies in mining and beneficiation of mineral raw materials: from fundamental research to practical implementation
  • Modern digital technologies in the mining industry
  • Socio-economic perspective on the development of the mining industry in the Arctic
  • Synergy of the fundamental and applied sciences, education and business


Heads and specialists of Russian and foreign educational and scientific organizations, specialized enterprises, representatives of federal and regional ministries and departments, young researchers, students, undergraduates, postgraduates, students of secondary vocational education organizations and secondary educational institutions are invited to participate in the Conference.

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Dates and place of the Conference:

The Conference will be held on April 22-25, 2020 in the Apatity Branch of the Murmansk Arctic State University, Apatity, Murmansk region.

Registration of the Conference participants:

Pre-registration of the Conference participants is carried out by filling in the Registration form provided in Annex 1 of Information Letter.

The completed Registration form should be sent in electronic format (as a word-file) to the Conference Organizing Committee (

Organization of the Conference:

The Conference events will be held in the form of plenary, section and poster sessions in accordance with the topics of the Conference sections. The preliminary regulations of the Conference:

  • plenary reports – time limit is 25 minutes, including 15 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for answering questions;
  • section reports – time limit is 15 minutes, including 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for answering questions;
  • poster reports – poster size is A0, the form of poster presentation is free.

For the plenary and sectional reports, the Conference participants are encouraged to use presentation in MS PowerPoint, Acrobat-pdf formats.

The updated final regulations of the reports will be brought to the attention of the Conference participants in the Fourth Information Letter.

The conference program will also include special sessions of long-standing partners, a foresight session, master classes, workshops, as well as an international essay Contest on mining topics for the students of secondary schools and professional educational organizations.

Under the sponsorship of the Kirovsk Branch of the JSC «Apatit» the program includes:

  • Sightseeing excursion
  • Visiting the «Big Wood» ski resort (Kirovsk)

The Conference papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with indexing in the RSCI (Russian Science Citation Index) system. The Conference Organizing Committee is working on the plan to include selected articles in specialized journal publications reviewed in VAK (Higher Attestation Commission), Scopus and Web of Science indexing systems.

The requirements for the article formatting and the rules of its submission to the Conference Proceedings are presented in Annex 2 of Information Letter.


Russian, English.


Important dates:

First Information Letter September 2019
Second Information Letter December 2019
Start of applications submission (registration form) December 18, 2019
Start of the Conference papers submission for the Conference Proceedings December 18, 2019
Start of visa applications submission December 18, 2019
Start of the Registration fee and the closing banquet payments  


January 15, 2020

Deadline for  applications submission (registration form) January 31, 2020
Deadline for visa applications submission January 31, 2020
Deadline for the Conference papers submission for the Conference Proceedings  


February 29, 2020

Third Information Letter and the preliminary Conference program publication  


middle of March, 2020

Deadline for the Registration fee and the closing banquet payments  


March 30, 2020

Fourth Information Letter and the Conference program publication beginning of April, 2020


Registration Fee:

The Conference Registration Fee is:

  • 3500 rubles (50 euro) for ordinary participants;
  • 2000 rubles (30 euro) for researchers of the scientific institutions under the authority of the relevant Ministries of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS);
  • 1000 rubles (15 euro) for young specialists (up to 33 years of age at the start date of the Conference – April 22, 2020);
  • Extra payment: the cost of participation in the International Essay Contest «Mining Stories» is 300 rubles (4.5 euro)


The Conference Registration Fee includes:

  • Full package of the Conference materials;
  • Welcome reception;
  • Coffee-breaks during the Conference.

Extra payments

Travel, accommodation and personal expenses, as well as the closing banquet are not included into Registration Fee.

The payment for the closing banquet is paid on extra basis (3 000 rubles or 45 euro) and is the fee for the participation in the supplementary educational seminar on the topic of «The role of digitalization in the mining and processing of useful minerals processes in the modern development of the mining industry».

Registration Fee and the closing banquet payments are paid only in rubles by bank transfer to the University account.

If you haven’t any possibility to pay in rubles, you will be able to make payments on the first day at the Conference Registration.

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

The Organizing Committee does not provide any financial support for the Conference participation.


The Conference Organizing Committee does not provide hotel booking for the Conference participants. Recommended web-sites for booking accommodation in Apatity are:

There is a possibility of accommodation in the student dormitory. Please, contact Tatyana Mazina ( for the detailed information no later than April 10, 2020.



For most non-Russian citizens it is essential to obtain Russian visa. Visa invitations and application letters may be prepared by the Conference Organizing Committee. Please, refer any questions concerning visa support to the Specialist in Public Relations (MASU) Mikhail A. Uksusov (


Contact information

Organising Committee

Apatity branch of Murmansk Arctic State University

Lesnaya str., 29

184209 Apatity



The Conference Academic Secretary

Ekaterina A. Rumyantceva

Tel. +7(921)922 02 18