In Tartu the team will study vegetation, bees and wasps, birds, bats and lichens.
Tartu began as a settlement in the 5th century AD. In 1030, Yaroslav I the Wise, Prince of Kiev, invaded the region and made a fort there. Subsequently the area has been ruled by a series of different political actors. Following the Great Fire of Tartu in 1775, the medieval city was rebuilt in Baroque and Neoclassical styles. During the Soviet period the population of the city nearly doubled due to immigration from other parts of the USSR. Recently, renovations, new commercial and residential buildings and a science center have been added to the city. Currently there are 97,000 inhabitants, with an urban area of 159 km2, 25% of which is green spaces. Some of these parks are the result of the loss of buildings in the city center during WWII.
The Tartu University Botanical Garden was founded in 1803. In the centre of Tartu one can also find the Tartu Environmental Education Centre, a hilly park with old trees, playgrounds and a Nature School for children.