Dr. Alex Zavarzin currently is vice-rector and press-secretary of the St.Petersburg State University – the first University established in Russia since then pioneering in development of education and research in the country. Dr. Zavarzin is responsible for University consolidation, communication and promotion, especially in multi- and interdisciplinary research and development with “biodiversity, environment and sustainable development” being one of the six key priority areas of SPSU. Previously, he combined university professorship with service as vice-dean to the school of biology and soil sciences of SPSU, and late vice-provost for biology, geography, geoecology and soils.
Dr. Zavazrin has been an active member in a number of professional societies He participated and led many international environmental projects in Russia and NW Europe, sponsored by WWF, Programmes of European Union, UNDP with many of them being implemented under the World Conservation Union (IUCN) guidance. He has wide experience in promoting biodiversity field studies, networking of protected areas, implementation of environmental legislation and transboundary collaboration, enhancing youth involvement into decision making and introducing of education for sustainable development and communication.
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