The Vladimir Potanin Research Fund for Earth Sciences

The Vladimir Potanin Research Fund for Earth Sciences aims to facilitate international collaboration and knowledge exchange on geological matters, enabling collaborative projects with institutions, researchers and thought leaders in Oxford and Russia.

This Fund has been made possible thanks to the generous philanthropy of Mr Vladimir Potanin and The Potanin Foundation.

The Fund is currently supporting two significant collaborations:

  • An international collaboration to re-examine the major 20th century earthquakes of central Asia. Led by Prof Richard Walker (who is also the Vladimir Potanin Associate Professor & Tutorial Fellow) the project will develop important knowledge of the geology of this region, identifying earthquake hazards that can be benefit to city planners. In 2019, thanks to the Vladimir Potanin Research Fund, the project undertook fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and held an international consortium of experts in earthquake geology, bringing together researchers from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, France, Germany and the UK.
  • A joint collaboration to study the early evolutionary history of salamanders from Russia and the UK. Led by Professor Roger Benson (Tutor in Earth Sciences) this project will work together with world-leading researchers at Saint Petersburg State University, using computed tomography (CT) scanning and 3D visualisation of extant salamanders and fossil salamanders. Exchange visits are planned for 2020.

St Edmund Hall is hugely thankful to Mr Potanin and The Potanin Foundation for their generous philanthropy in support of international research and collaboration. At St Edmund Hall this includes the Vladimir Potanin Associate Professor & Tutorial Fellow in Earth Sciences, the Vladimir Potanin Tutorial Fellow of Russian Literature and Modern Languages and two Vladimir Potanin Research Funds to encourage international partnership in Earth Sciences and the Humanities.

For more information, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations Office.

E: development.director@seh.ox.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1865 279096

In 2019 the Vladimir Potanin Research Fund supported fieldwork that included a study of the Almaty fault. The picture shows researchers dating the sediment layers in order to determine the timing of recent earthquakes.

In 2019 the Vladimir Potanin Research Fund supported fieldwork that included a study of the Almaty fault. The picture shows researchers dating the sediment layers in order to determine the timing of recent earthquakes.
In December 2019 the Vladimir Potanin Research Fund enabled a workshop of collaborators from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, France, Germany and the UK.

In December 2019 the Vladimir Potanin Research Fund enabled a workshop of collaborators from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, France, Germany and the UK.

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