Republic of Kazakhstan

General information on collaboration

The Republic of Kazakhstan has been a Member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) since its establishment according to the Agreement on founding the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research as of 26 March 1956. As a sovereign republic, Kazakhstan has been a JINR Member State since 1992.

Staff members of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Ministry of Energy and the Institute of Physics and Technology traditionally visit the JINR laboratories. The international JINR business meeting for the GIBS facility was held in 1987 near Alma-Ata at the sports complex Medeo. The INP (Alma-Ata) took an active part in organising this event.

Kazakhstani physicists take part in the development of accelerators for radiation technologies, the JINR experimental base for the production of intense beams of heavy ions and polarized nuclei. Joint mathematical support of experimental and theoretical research conducted at JINR is provided. The DC-60 Cyclotron was developed by the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions together with the INP and then was delivered, launched and debugged in Kazakhstan for the INP branch in Nur-Sultan.

In 2009, the guest session of the Committee of Plenipotentiary Representatives of the Governments of the JINR Member States was held in Astana for the first time at which an important project of the Seven-year JINR Development Plan for 2010-2016 was adopted.

Moreover, participants of the session visited Gumilev Eurasian National University where an agreement on collaborative nuclear physics training of bachelor and master students was signed between the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, the State University “Dubna” and Gumilev Eurasian National University.

In 2010, a four-party agreement with the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University for collaborative nuclear physics training of bachelor and master students was signed. Nowadays, in the frames of the agreement, more than 100 Kazakhstani bachelor and master students have been trained in Dubna State University and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. More than 30 employees are postgraduates or PhD students of higher education institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Kazakhstani specialists have defended 10 PhD and (or) candidate dissertations at JINR and domestic universities from 2010 to 2020.

Astana (Kazakhstan), 19-21 November 2009. Conference of the JINR Committee of Plenipotentiary representatives


Astana (Kazakhstan), 19-21 November 2009. Conference of the JINR Committee of Plenipotentiary representatives
Astana (Kazakhstan), 19 November 2009. Signing of the Agremeent for collaborative nuclear physics training of bachelor and master students between JINR and Gumilev Eurasian National University

In 2011, a governmental delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov visited the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. The head of the Government was accompanied by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in RF Zautbek Turisbekov, Head of the Office of the Prime Minister Gabidulla Abdrakhimov, President of the JSC “NAC Kazatomprom” Vladimir Shkolnik, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies Bakhytzhan Dzhaksaliev and General Director of the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan, JINR Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan Kairat Kadyrzhanov.

During the visit, the development of cooperation between scientific centres of the Republic of Kazakhstan and JINR was discussed. The delegation also had excursions to the laboratories.

Kazakhstan in JINR today

Nowadays, more than 100 young scientists and specialists work at JINR in all the JINR laboratories. They are engaged in research on various fields of nuclear and neutron physics, accelerator technology, radiation material sciences, information and cloud technologies. They take an active part in large-scale international mega-science projects etc. About 10-12 bachelor and 2-3 master students graduate annually in the frames of the two-degree education programme at the expense of the grant of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Fruitful scientific cooperation of Kazakhstani employees with JINR scientists continues strengthening and expanding. Thanks to this cooperation, Kazakhstani scientists now have new opportunities for the development of contacts with the world’s largest centres.

In 2017-2019, on the basis of the resources of the INP organizations (INP branch in Nur-Sultan, in particular) and the «Nazarbayev University Library and IT services» PE, the cloud infrastructure was created. It is integrated with the cloud of the Laboratory of Information Technologies JINR into a single Distributed Informational Computing Infrastructure (DICI) with the use of grid-technologies based on the DIRAC middleware. At the moment, this environment is being used and developed on the basis of LIT JINR resources and the Kazakhstani organizations.
Support and development of such infrastructure are relevant due to the desire of both parties to unite efforts and resources to resolve fundamental and applied problems successful implementation of which is impossible without new approaches to conducting distributed and parallel calculations and using the systems of distributed big data storage.

In November 2019, a new neutron radiography and tomography facility at the WWR-K reactor was launched in the INP. The neutron radiography and tomography facility was developed in the frames of the scientific and technical cooperation of specialists from the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics and the Institute of Nuclear Physics. The facility has been created at the first horizontal channel of the WWR-K research reactor and is the only facility of the kind in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

  • Sergey N. Dmitriev
    Executive of the contacts with Republic of Kazakhstan; JINR Vice-Director

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Scientific Themes and Projects

The scientists of Kazakhstan take part in the research work on the following themes of the Topical plan for JINR research and international cooperation for the year 2020:

  • Theoretical Physics
    Cooperation on 2 themes.
  • Elementary Particle Physics and Relativistic Nuclear Physics
    Cooperation on 4 themes.
  • Nuclear physics
    Cooperation on 4 themes.
  • Condensed Matter Physics, Radiation and Radiobiological Research
    Cooperation on 2 themes.
  • Networking, Computing, Computational Physics
    Cooperation on 2 themes.
  • Educational Programme
    Cooperation on 1 theme.
Plenipotentiary representative

The Plenipotentiary representative of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in JINR since June 2017 to the present day is Ergazy Kenzhin, Corresponding Member of the National Engineering Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, General Director of the RSE “Institute of Nuclear Physics” of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Ergazy Kenzhin was born in 1961 in the Semipalatinsk region. In 1984 he graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute with a degree in engineering physics. Candidate of physical and mathematical sciences.

He started his career in 1982. In different years he worked in research centres, including the Institute of Atomic Energy of the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting from the position of senior research fellow of the laboratory (1994) to the Deputy Director General for Atomic Energy (2013). Then he worked at the Scientific and Technical Center “Safety of Nuclear Technologies” (2013-2015).

Since 2015, he works at the RSE “Institute of Nuclear Physics” of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Currently holds the position of Director-General.

He was awarded medals in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the 10th anniversary of Astana, the 25th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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The plenipotentiaries of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in JINR since 1992:

    1992 – 2000
  • Vladimir Okolovich, Academician, First Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan;

  • 2000 – 2017
  • Kairat Kadirzhanov, Professor, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, CEO of the National Nuclear Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan, winner of the State prize of the RK;

  • 2017 – present day
  • Ergazy Kenzhin, Corresponding Member of the National Engineering Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, General Director of the RSE “Institute of Nuclear Physics” of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Members of the Scientific Council

Maxim Zdorovets, director of the Astana Branch of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, has been a Member of the JINR Scientific Council since 2017.

Members of the Scientific Council from Kazakhstan since 1992 were:


    1992 – 1993
  • Mikhail G. Itkis, Chief Researcher of the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Director of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions of JINR;
  • Nogerbek N. Nurgozhin, Chief of the Laboratory of Electronic Experiments, the Institute of High Energy Physcis KAS;
  • Vladimir N. Okolovich, Academician, First Vice-President KAS;

  • 1993
  • Aset A. Chumbalov, Researcher of the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR;

  • 1994
  • Arigam Sh. Gaitinov, Director of the Laboratory of Relativistic Nuclear Physics of INP KAS;

  • 1995 – 1996
  • Mikhail G. Itkis, Chief Researcher of the Institute of INP KAS, Deputy Director of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions of JINR;

  • 1997 – 2003
  • Vladimir N. Okolovich, Academician, First Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan;

  • 2003 – 2017
  • Alnur Duisebaev, Director of the Laboratory of Nuclear Processes, the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan;

  • 2017 – present day
  • Maxim V. Zdorovets, Director of the Astana Branch of the Institute of Nuclear Physics.
National groups

The languages of international communication at JINR are Russian and English. However, one can hear the speech in many languages in Dubna, including the languages of JINR member-states when the countrymen, the representatives of the same expatriates’ community (the national groups of JINR), meet each other.

Over the years of existence of JINR the national groups have developed their traditions, forms of cooperation and collaboration with other national groups. Their leaders, appointed by the plenipotentiaries of the JINR member-states play an organizing role in the life of national groups.

CPP meeting in JINR. (First row from R-L) – professor Kairat K. Kadirzhanov, Plenipotentiary representative of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in JINR, Damir T. Aznabaev, head of the national group of Kazakhstan in JINR.

Being in constant contact with plenipotentiaries, embassies of member-states, JINR’s directorate and management services, they take part in the solution of the problems connected with the stay of their colleagues-countrymen and their families in Russia, with the organization of their life and leisure. The Council of the leaders of the national groups meets periodically. The representatives of the Directorate and the services of the Institute are invited to its meetings. The agenda includes the discussion of the urgent problems of the collaborators from the member-states. Due to this, the Directorate is able to make adequate decisions in time.

On the occasions of major public holidays of the member-states the national groups arrange receptions. These festive events are held accompanied by art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, and enrich JINR staff members’ knowledge about the member-states, their people and culture.

Upon an initiative of Azerbaijanian, Kazakh and Uzbek national groups in JINR, spring holiday Novruz-Meirami is annually celebrated with its eastern colour. Obviously, there are tasty bawyrsaks, Kazakh eti and pilaf.

The national group of Kazakhstan annually holds report sessions at which participants get acquainted with the results obtained by Kazakhstani employees in the past year as members of scientific groups in the JINR laboratories. Participants also assess the relevance of conducted research for the development of science in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

National Holidays

State and national holidays of Kazakhstan:

  • New Year – 1-2 January;
  • Christmas – 7 January;
  • Day of Gratitude – 1 March;
  • International Women’s Day – 8 March;
  • Novruz-Meirami – 21, 22 and 23 March;
  • Day of Unity of Kazakhstan People – 1 May;
  • Defender’s Day – 7 May;
  • Victory Day – 9 May;
  • Capital’s Day – 6 July;
  • Day of Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan – 30 August;
  • Kurban-Ait – 10 Dhu al-Hijjah – 30 July (in 2020);
  • Day of the First President – 1 December.
  • Independence Day – 16-17 December.
Events

Contact Information on the Embassies

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Russian Federation:

Russian Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan: