A TSU graduate student from Poland is studying how to efficiently and naturally increase the productivity of the soil
In November Franciszek Idzhkovski, a graduate student from Poland and a graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, arrived at TSU. He joined his Russian colleagues, young scientists, In the research center BioClimLand His subject is soil science, and his scientific adviser at TSU became Sergei Kulizhskiy, Professor in the Department of Soil Science and Soil Ecology of the Biological Institute.
- I brought the material for my research from my own country. I'm working in the area called Zielona Gora, where agriculture is widespread and there are many farmers - says Franciszek. - But I will receive the methodology and theoretical knowledge here.
Franciszek graduated from Warsaw University in engineering related to environmental protection. The young scientist is studying soils to finding microorganisms that affect the fertility of the earth. The aim of his work is to find ways to farm efficiently and naturally increase the productivity of the soil.
- Most of my peers are continuing their studies in Western European universities, but I decided to do the opposite and went to quite an exotic place, to Siberia. I heard that the scientific school of Tomsk State University in the field of the environmental studies is very strong and has the most advanced research methods.
Indeed, in 2013 the team of TSU scientists working on the project "Forest-marsh landscapes of Western Siberia as an indicator and regulator of global scale climate change" received a grant from the President of the Russian Federation for state support of leading scientific schools. The leaders of the scientific school who received the presidential status are Sergey Kirpotin, Director of the Centre of Excellence BioClimLand and Sergei Kulizhskiy, Professor of the Biological Institute and TSU Vice-Rector for Social Services. The collective has numerous victories in major grant competitions, including the megagrant competition.
- Why did I choose the path of a researcher, the way of science? - smiled Franciszek. - It was boring to see myself as a simple engineer. A scientist is a person who never stops learning, acquiring knowledge, participating in international projects to help solve the problems of the world of science. I am very interested in wildlife as the subject of my research. I hope that in Tomsk I will be able not only work in the laboratory, but also get acquainted with Siberian nature. It is very different from what I was used to in Poland.
Today, engaging international students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows is one of the main priorities of Tomsk State University, as part of the program to improve the international competitiveness of the University. This year our University for the first time had a group of international graduate students with scholarships. With their experience, TSU wants to show that international staff can be prepared here at a high level. The University plans to hold contests for admission of graduate international young scientists in the future.