Top-level international scientists attend Environmental Symposium at GMIT

GMIT Campus, 03.09.2018 120 environmental scientists from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America attended the “Symposium on Environmental Science and Engineering” at the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) in Nailakh district of Ulaanbaatar. The symposium put its focus on four fields: Mining and Environment, Sustainable Forestry and Environmental Remediation, Air Pollution, and Water Resources Management, with special focus on ‘basenet – Water Resources in the Lake Baikal-Selenge River Basin’.

Ganbat Bolraa (Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports), Dr. Christian Glass (German Embassy), Dr. Frank Wullkopf (GIZ) and Prof. Regdel Duger (President, Mongolian Academy of Science) welcomed the scientists from Germany, United States, Russia, China, Finland, Sweden, Kenya, and Mongolia, and highlighted the importance of clean air, clean water, and clean soil for the ‘land of the blue sky’, as well as for all mankind.

Dr. Dorjderem Nyamjav (Rector of GMIT) expressed his deep gratitude to the Mongolian and German Government for supporting GMIT for more than five years. Now GMIT has not only successfully graduated its first bachelor students, but also for the second time organized an international scientific conference (2016 on Mechanical Engineering, 2018 on Environmental Science and Engineering).

Keynote speeches were given by Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. mult. Carsten Drebenstedt (Germany), Prof. Dr. Nikolay Kasimov (Russia), Prof. Dr. Arthur Abong’o Okello Ndegwa (Kenya), and Prof. Dr. Rongjiang Ma (China).


Over three days, more than forty academic presentations were provided – enriched by a guided field trip to the mines of Nailakh – conducted by Tungalag Saichaa (Governor’s Office, Nailakh). Symposium organizers, Prof. Dr. habil. Daniel Karthe and Prof. Dr. Peter Vossen: “We are very happy that so many high-profile scientists from all over the world came the long way to Mongolia to present and discuss their research findings. As a research-oriented public university in Mongolia, GMIT continues to develop its own research activities and to strengthen strategic research partnerships both locally and internationally. This symposium was one important step towards GMIT’s vision to become a leading research university in Asia.”