3-16 January, 2020, Moscow, Russia
5th International Winter Ecological School (IWES)
Under the supervision of Lomonosov MSU scientists, the IWES students
shall focus on the challenges for diverse live organisms in winter and
the mechanisms of adaptation across different taxa of plants and animals
to the winter environment. The School includes courses in Winter Zoology
of Vertebrates, Winter Biology of Higher Plants, Winter Hydrobiology and
Winter Entomology, each of them consisting of field excursions,
laboratory activities and lectures. Students shall also be encouraged to
perform own research projects, which will be finally presented at the
workshop on the last day of IWES.
Zvenigorod Biological Station,
Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region, Russia

Registration fee
Our courses
Winter Zoology of Vertebrates
During winter months, all terrestrial activity of mammals and birds can be tracked by the signs they leave on the snow. During the course, School participants will gain the ability to find and read these birds' and mammals' tracks. We together will study winter ecology and behavior of different mammals – from small rodents and shrews to carnivores (e.g. mustelids) and ungulates (wild boars and elks). We will also study winter-specific modes of birds' social behavior including fascinating interactions between different species. School participants will study social hierarchy in populations of small passerine birds observing individuals with the color marks. During the lectures and seminars, we will discuss and compare birds' and mammals' habits in different parts of the world with seasonal climate as well as social behavior of wintering birds and mammals.
Winter Entomology
Winter looks like a completely inappropriate season for the insect activity, doesn't it? However, there are several options to survive during this hard season, and we will study adaptations of insects allowing them not only to sustain their lives but to stay active, as well! During the course of Winter Entomology, we will collect insects, which have specialized for active life above and under the snow as well as hibernating insects. We will also observe the traces of season-specific insect's activity. All insects will be identified in the lab. Besides excursions, the lectures on the insect's adaptations are scheduled.
Winter Hydrobiology
The course of Winter Hydrobiology aims to demonstrate that species inhabiting water environment do not stop their activities during the cold season. We will collect planctonic and bentic organisms from the water bodies covered with thick layer of ice: the Moskva River, the lake Glubokoye and some smaller ponds. In the lab, we will analyze the probes to investigate winter-specific features of freshwater communities of invertebrates. Students will also perform some experiments in water toxicology.
Winter Biology of Higher Plants
The course Winter Biology of Higher Plants shall focus on morphological, anatomical and physiological adaptations of plants allowing them to survive during the cold season. We will study the role of the snow in the survival of higher plants, the unexpectedly increased diversity of evergreen and wintergreen species of land plants. We will study the plant bud as a specific adaptation to protect shoot tips against low temperature and dehydration. The School participants will discover how one can learn much more about the higher plants evolution during the winter than during the summer. They also will be able to identify plants in the winter forest. During the seminars and lectures we will discuss morphological and anatomical features of the plants adapted to the cold season and compare them with the features of subtropical plants.
How it was in previous year
Our advantages
Everyday we work hard to make our students better and smarter
Scientific approach
Our team has many years of experience in doing science and working with
international students.
MSU certificate
Upon successfull completion of the program, the official certificate of Lomonosov Moscow State University will be issued.
We have already organized 10 international schools and keep learning on our own experience
How much does it cost?
₽75 000
What is included in this price?
  • Educational program 2 weeks
  • Visa processing
  • Transfer from and to airport
  • Accommodation at Biostation
  • Culture program with excursion to Moscow
  • Great mood and new friends

Not included
  • Airplane tickets to and from Moscow
  • Museum tickets
  • Touristic medical Insurance
  • Warm clothes
  • Meals 3 times a day (600₽ per day)

Zvenigorod Biological Station, Odintsovsky District, Moscow Region, Russia
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