July 26 – August 15, 2021
Registration is open

What is 3MUGIS?

The 3MUGIS summer school is an annual event, which addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences and opportunities of urbanization with special emphasis on soil functions. The event is organized under the umbrella of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), RUDN University (Russia) and the Urban Soil Institute (USA) with strong cooperation from universities, institutions and research teams from around the world.

The 3MUGIS summer school provides students with first hand field experience examining anthropogenic impact sequences across conventional soil forming factors from Sub-artic to Dry steppe climates. At the end of the program, students will better understand the social, climactic, and geographic factors that contribute to human soil modification in this region; the long-term implications of such changes; practical skills to perform in-field soil monitoring, soil mapping and remote sensing; and applied skills in identifying, implementing, and managing opportunities for urban green infrastructure development.



RUDN University

Russian Science Foundation

International Union of Soil Science

Urban Soil Institute

Moscow City Government

Capacity Building Projects

Russian academic excellence project

Russian Timiryazev State Agrarian University

The Central Chernozem State Biosphere Nature Reserve named after Professor V.V. Alekhin

Voronezh State University

Brooklyn College

Kola Science Center Russia Academy of Sciences

Technical University Berlin

Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science

Geography faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University

Pan-Eurasian Experiment

Central Forest Biosphere Reserve


South State University


The inaugural summer school coincided with the SUITMA 9 international congress organized by RUDN University in May 2017. The next 3MUGIS-2018 included an intensive week of in-door an out-door lectures, master-classes, field work and informal discussion with the top level scientists and practitioners, followed by a week-long field tour observing natural and anthropogenic soils and landscapes of Central Russia. In 2019, an innovative format of the school expanded the list of studied topics and geographical horizons of the field trip. Five days of on-campus training were followed by a two-week field tour from the Barents Sea to the Azov Sea and from subarctic to the dry steppe landscapes.


Elvira Dovletyarova

Dr. Elvira Dovletyarova

Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems, RUND University (Russia)
e-mail: elvira_2779@mail.ru

Tatiana Morin

Tatiana Morin

NYC Urban Soil Institute (USA)
e-mail: tatiana@usi.nyc

Dr. Viacheslav Vasenev

Dr. Viacheslav Vasenev

Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems, RUND University (Russia)
e-mail: vasenyov@mail.ru

Tatiana Prokofieva

Dr. Tatiana Prokofieva

Associate Professor LMSU, Soil Science faculty
e-mail: tatianaprokofieva@yandex.ru

Richard Shaw

Dr. Richard Shaw

State Soil Scientist USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USA)
e-mail: richard.shaw@nj.usda.gov

Prof. Jean Louis Morel

Prof. Jean Louis Morel

Laboratory of Soils and Environment Université de Lorraine (France)
e-mail: jean-louis.morel@univ-lorraine.fr

Prof. Andrey Smagin

Prof. Andrey Smagin

Soil Science Faculty LMSU (Moscow, Russia)
e-mail: smagin@list.ru

Dr. Maha Deep

Dr. Maha Deep

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences City University of New York - Brooklyn College, CUNY (USA)
e-mail: mahadeeb.y@gmail.com, Maha.Deeb@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Dr. Thomas Nehls

Dr. Thomas Nehls

Head of the Soil Hydrology Lab
Head of Center for Innovation and Science on Building Greening (CIBG)
Technische Universität Berlin FG Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation Institute of Ecology (Germany)

Dr. Diego Giuliarelli

Dr. Diego Giuliarelli

Department of Innovation of Biological Systems, Food and Forestry DIBAF Tuscia University (Italy)

 Alexander Neaman

Prof. Alexander Neaman

School of Agriculture, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile

Dr. Michael Leuchner

Dr. Michael Leuchner

Prof. Michael Leuchner
Physical Geography and Climatology
RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Former Springer Publishing Editor
e-mail: michael.leuchner@geo.rwth-aachen.de

Prof. Riccardo Valentini

Prof. Riccardo Valentini

Tuscia University (Italy)
RUDN University (Russia)
Peace Noble Prize Laureate as a member of IPCC
e-mail: rik@unitus.it

Ilya Mochalov

Ilya Mochalov

Landscape architect,
General manager of ‘I.Mochalov design studio’ (Russia)
e-mail: mail@imip.ru

Giovanna Sala

Dr. Giovanna Sala

Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (SAF)
Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)

Dr. Luca Belelli

Dr. Luca Belelli

The Edmund Mach Foundation (Italy)
e-mail: luca.belelli@libero.it

Alex Yaroslavtsev

Dr. Alex Yaroslavtsev

Department of ecology RSAU-MTAA named after K.A. Timiryazev (Russia)
e-mail: yaroslavtsevam@gmail.com

Andrea Vannini

Prof. Andrea Vannini

Department of Innovation of Biological Systems, Food and Forestry DIBAF
Tuscia University (Italy)
e-mail: vannini@unitus.it

Dr. Olga Gavrichkova

Dr. Olga Gavrichkova

Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF)
National Research Council (CNR) (Italy)
e-mail: olga.gavrichkova@ibaf.cnr.it

Dr. Andrey Dolgikh

Dr. Andrey Dolgikh

Geography Institute
Russian Academy Science (Russia)
e-mail: an.dolgikh@gmail.com

Prof. Harold Van Es

Prof. Harold Van Es

School of Integrative Plant Science
Soil and Crop Sciences Section
College of Agriculture and Life Science
Cornell University (USA)
email: hmv1@cornell.edu


Prof. Yakov Kuzyakov

Georg-August University Goettingen (Germany)
RUDN University (Russia)
e-mail kuzyakov@gwdg.de

Dr Kristina Ivashchenko

Dr. Kristina Ivashchenko

Institute of physico-chemical and biological problems in soil science Russian Academy Science
Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems, RUND University (Russia)
e-mail: ivashchenko.kv@gmail.com

Dr. Jack Caravanos

Prof. Jack Caravanos

Clinical Professor of NUY – College of Global Public Health (USA)
e-mail: jcaravan@hunter.cuny.edu

Prof. Zhongqi CHENG

Prof. Zhongqi Cheng

Earth and Environmental Sciences Brooklyn College of The City University of New York (USA)
e-mail: zcheng@ brooklyn.cuny.edu

Howard W Mielke

Prof. Howard Mielke

Research Professor Tulane University (USA)
e-mail: hmielke@tulane.edu

Anna Paltseva

Dr. Anna Paltseva

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Graduate Center of The City University of New York NYC Urban Soil Institute (USA)
e-mail: anya@usi.nyc

 Irina Veretelnikova

Irina Veretelnikova

Department of ecology RSAU-MTAA named after K.A. Timiryazev
Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems, RUND University (Russia)
e-mail: veretelnikovaomsk@yandex.ru

Olga Romzaykina

Olga Romzaykina

Department of Landscape design and sustainable ecosystems, RUND University (Russia)
e-mail: olrom92@mail.ru

Dr. Pavel Konstantinov

Dr. Pavel Konstantinov

Geography Faculty Meteorological observatory Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)
e-mail: kostadini@mail.ru


The beneficiary of all payments is MESOL LLC – the official Summer school operator.

To make a payment of the registration fee and for the ordered services please choose one on the following kinds of payment:

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The Organizing committee provides the opportunity to return the paid participation fee. If you have paid a participation fee, but are not able to take part in the Summer school, please send a message to the e- mail address stas@mesol.ru with the subject “Refund Name Surname” describing the reasons of the cancellation. The Organizing committee will consider the appeal and in case of positive decision will make a refund.

Please note:

  • All refund requests are accepted till March 31, 2019
  • Processing fee and all commissions are not refundable

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