Biological Station

The Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a subdivision of Ural Federal University, which engages in educational, scientific, innovative, social and educational activities. The fundamental nature, a lot of practical tasks, involvement of scientists, and the students’ participation in scientific activities are the keys elements of our education.


The integration of education and research ensures the competitiveness of graduates in employment market in the field of natural science and related applied areas. An important task of the Institute is to attract talented young people to form a community of teachers, students and graduates.


Our student community includes winners and prize-winners of National Olympiads and competitions in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, and prize-winners of world championships in programming and information security.


Our graduates are experts in such fields as high technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, space, military defence, clinical diagnostics and genetics. They work in institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, research and expert laboratories, industrial corporations, leading computer companies and universities in Russia and abroad.


The Institute conducts fundamental and applied research, carries out expertise in different areas, including education. It integrates specialists in the international academic community, initiates and implements international research projects. The Institute provides work centres for collective use and popularizes scientific knowledge among the population. The main research areas of the Institute are:


• Mathematical and computer modelling of physicochemical processes in multiphase media;

• Mathematical modelling in physiology and medicine;

• Theory of automata and formal languages;

• Advanced materials, nanotechnology and physical instrument making;

• Bioresources, biotechnologies, physiology and fundamental medicine, bioinformatics;

• Information and telecommunication systems;

• Information processing and analysis technologies;

• Space physics.


The research work is based in the departments, laboratories, Research Institute of Physics and Applied Mathematics, research and educational centres, collective use centres, Kourovka Astronomical Observatory, Botanical Garden, Biological Station, Centre for Fundamental Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

Biological stationThe Biological station is located on the border between the southern taiga subzone and forest areas, in the junction of the rivers Iset and Sysert. The abundance of different types of ecosystems (forest, grassland, water, swamp, steppe slopes, agricultural and ruderal habitats, etc.) provides a unique opportunity to study the biodiversity of the area.

The Biological station is a good base for training biology and ecology students. It is also the testing ground for the implementation of research projects conducted by undergraduate and graduate students and the staff of the department of biology and basic medicine. In addition, it is the perfect venue for voluntary environmental actions by institute's students and staff.

Biodiversity is studied at all levels starting from the genetic level to the whole ecosystems. Research is conducted in order to assess the biological resources of the Ural region; to study symbiotic complexes in the biosphere cycle and homeostasis of Earth's ecosystems. Various projects involve not only intstitute scholars, but also colleagues from institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and foreign partners.