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The DIMA Network: Bridging boundaries via shared scientific interests

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Maarten van Hardenbroek van AmmerstolORCiD



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The DIMA Network (Developing Innovative Multiproxy Analyses - in Siberia and the Russian Far East [SRFE]) started from a small nucleus of palaeoenvironmental researchers in the UK and SRFE at a workshop in 2008 and currently includes researchers from over 25 institutions. The mutual interest in creating long-term records of environmental change was rekindled during workshops in Magadan (2018), Tomsk (2018) and Southampton (2019). These events were organised to connect researchers from the UK and SRFE with these aims: (1) provide training in new techniques and methods, (2) facilitate knowledge transfer about local sites and conditions, (3) stimulate large-scale collaborative projects across SRFE, and (4) inspire a new generation of palaeoenvironmental researchers. DIMA Network participants are now applying for joint research funding and creating a special section in a peer-reviewed academic journal to unlock unpublished Russian data sets to an international readership. The greatest success is the start of six pilot projects – all of these are driven by or include early career researchers from the UK/SRFE. The shared enthusiasm for the research field and mutual respect demonstrated by members in this network have gone a long way to overcome the inevitable difficulties around language, culture, or travel/logistics.

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Author(s): van Hardenbroek M, Edwards M, Blyakharchuk T, Lozhkin A, Bezrukova E, Grenaderova A, Ryabogina N, Antipina A, Cherepanova M, Anderson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Polar Record

Year: 2023

Volume: 59

Online publication date: 12/06/2023

Acceptance date: 13/04/2023

Date deposited: 12/09/2021

ISSN (print): 0032-2474

ISSN (electronic): 1475-3057

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0032247423000116


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NE/S008276/1Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)