Partners of the ‘New Generation’: The National Research Center ‘Kurchatov Institute’

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Today, we’d like to tell you about the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, a long-standing partner of the “New Generation” program. It’s the largest interdisciplinary research center in Russia built to test new scientific technologies and carry out research and development work. The Center is also involved in creating industrial design prototypes in a range of priority areas in science, technology, and engineering.

Since its foundation, the “Kurchatov Institute” accumulated extensive scientific, technological and human resource potential essential for the development of new branches of science and technology as well as the development and implementation of promising production technologies on the basis of unique research and technological complexes (mega-science). 

Over the years, the Institute has been pursuing a full-cycle interdisciplinary approach - from fundamental research to ready to use technologies. It has a range of key objectives. Most importantly, it aims to create an interdisciplinary scientific foundation to ensure progress in priority fields as well as apply existing technologies achievements and develop scientific infrastructure.

One of the most important goals of the “Kurchatov Institute” is to develop international scientific cooperation. It’s currently involved in joint research work with a range of organizations, such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (European XFEL), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Russian-German Ioffe Röntgen Institute (IRI). 

The Center also implements a number of international mega-projects on the territory of Russia, including joint projects with “Rossiya Segodnya” International News Agency (“What is  is a synchrotron?", "In Search of Endless Energy" and "75 Years of Victory"). In addition, the Center works to preserve and promote scientific knowledge through holding tours, TV programs and releasing useful scientific videos.

Last year, in August 2019, the participants of the “New Generation” program attended the RACIRI Summer School, organized by the Institute in Svetlogorsk (Kaliningrad region). The event focused on providing interdisciplinary training for young researchers working on new materials and biological objects. Since 2013, the school welcomed 460 students and young scientists, including “New Generation” delegates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Serbia and Uzbekistan. 

The program of the event last year was very busy. The participants not only had a chance to learn from the top experts in the field but also discuss details of their profession with colleagues from other countries. Over the five-day event, young scientists attended over 20 lectures and roundtable discussions as well as visited the city of Kaliningrad.