Collaboration with Kurchatov Institute

At the Global Forum in Sochi, Southern Federal University and Kurchatov Institute discussed their future collaboration in frame of Mega Science projects.


Original text in Russian:

A delegation of SFedU scientists took part in the Global Forum of Convergent and Nature-Like Technologies, which was held in Sochi under the auspices of the United Nations. The main goal of the event was to unite scientists, authorities, business, international organizations and other interested parties to share knowledge about nature-like technologies and work together on their implementation.
The delegation from SFedU agreed to expand cooperation with colleagues in the framework of mega science projects. This term refers to large objects for research intended for use by various teams of scientists. The clearest example of “mega-science” is the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. In particular, Alexander Soldatov, Director of the Smart Materials International Research Institute, was among the representatives of SFedU at the event. Professor Soldatov is also a representative of the Russian synchrotron radiation user community at ESUO (European synchrotron and FEL user organisation).

According to Mikhail Kovalchuk, head of the Kurchatov Institute, Russia is now creating a whole national network of mega science experimental facilities. For example, a reactor for the study of neutrons, neutron radiation and microworld objects in Gatchina, a number of new synchrotrons, and so on. Following the implementation of these plans, the Russian research infrastructure will become the most powerful in the world.

Rector of SFedU Inna Shevchenko said that the Kurchatov Institute is a strategic partner of our University and has already declared its readiness to provide its equipment in the framework of joint projects.

- It certainly expands the prospects of our research, including a financial point of view. Thanks to the participation in the forum, we finally took the decision to develop a roadmap of the interaction of SFedU with the Kurchatov Institute, in which each of our scientists who see themselves in such projects can participate, said Inna Shevchenko.

She added that the participation of SFedU scientists in the forum was also productive because they were able to find new interdisciplinary possibilities for solving scientific problems.