Before the beginning of educational process there was an introductory meeting with lecturers and project team members at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), where professor Harsha Ratnaweera - head of Water Harmony team and Zakhar Maletskii - head of TENOR project team have made welcome lectures for participants. Overall number of participants was more than 90 persons from over 25 universities from 20 countries, in particular: 12 teachers from Asia and Africa, 14 teachers from USA, Canada, Denmark, 60 master students and PhD students and also project team of Summer School. After introductory lectures everyone was invited to a welcome dinner.
The first block of the Summer School was Water Management in Cold Climate course at University centre in Svalbard (UNIS) at Spitsbergen. At the same time, number of participants from southern countries were at educational course at University of South-East Norway (USN).
Svalbard is an island beyond the polar circle, close to the northern Pole. Population of Spitsbergen counts near 2,5 thousands people, at the same time population of polar bears counts more than 3 thousand. In the middle of summer average air temperature is near 5 degrees and the sun is shining round-the-clock, that is why it was really special and even exotic place for studying.