Republic of South Africa

General information on collaboration between the Republic of South Africa and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia (JINR)

The collaboration between the Republic of South Africa and JINR has been developing since 1993 when Professor Heiss Walter Dieter and Professor David McLachlan of the University of Johannesburg visited Dubna for the first time. The architects of collaboration were the director of JINR Professor Vladimir Georgievich Kadyshevsky and a well-known specialist in the sphere of nuclear technology Professor Robert Martin Adam – the head of the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa.

The treaty of cooperation, which created favorable conditions for the further development of collaboration in the sphere of nuclear physics between two countries, was signed in 1994. Professor Vladimir Borisovich Belyaev from JINR and Professor Harry Fiedeldy from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) participated actively in its preparation. As a part of the agreement, the cooperation and the exchange of visits was implemented at the beginning of the 2000s in four directions: “Nuclear theory”; “ALICE: Large Collider Experiment on the LHC Heavy Ion Beams”; “Nuclear Physics with Neutrons –– Fundamental and Applied Investigations”; “Computer Physics for Theoretical and Experimental Research”. The organizations cooperating with JINR in these fields were the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town.


A new period of the partnership started in 2004 when Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation, Mochubella Jacob Secku and Director General of the International Resource of the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa (DST), Dr. Neville Arendse visited JINR. The communication provided a stimulus for the further development of scientific cooperation and on 5 October 2005, in Moscow, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research was signed. The aim of this Memorandum was the development of mutual collaboration between the DST and JINR in the sphere of scientific and technological researches.

On 14 February 2006 the meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee of the DST and JINR took place. According to the decision of the first session, the total contribution of the RSA to JINR in 2006 was 1250000 USD. The part of this sum (20%) had to be spent for the development of the infrastructure of JINR. The contribution was distributed proportionally among the five priority fields of research: grid-technologies and theory, investigations on neutron beams, heavy ion physics, hadronic therapy, and also the work connected with the spherical fuel element reactor with the helium carrier. For the optimal distribution of financing within the framework of priority directions both sides appointed the coordinators of work and the persons responsible for the general coordination of collaboration. It was decided that the young scientists, postgraduate students, and students from RSA should take part in all the scientific programmes.

In February 2007 the first joint symposium of UNISA (the University of South Africa) and JINR “Models and Methods for research of few-particle and multi-particle bodies” took place in Pretoria. It was mainly devoted to the problems of nuclear physics, researched within the collaboration between JINR and the DST of SA, but it also touched the questions of particle physics, atomic, molecular physics, computing and mathematical physics. The second symposium “Models and Methods for research of few-particle and multi-particle bodies” (September 2010) gathered the specialists of several universities of RSA – UNISA, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria and some others, as well as the scientists of the Bogoliubov and Flerov laboratories of JINR. The subject of the symposium was devoted to the new tendencies in the development of theoretical and experimental nuclear physics.

Since 2007 the practical training for students and postgraduate students of the Republic of South Africa has been held in Dubna. About 30 students accompanied by their professors come every year to Dubna. The lectures on scientific studies held in JINR are read by the leading scientists of JINR. For example, in 2009 the lectures were held by A.V. Belushkin, E.A. Krasavin, V.N. Shvetsov, A.G. Popeko, G.V. Mitsin, etc.

Contact Information

  • D.V. Kamanin
    Executive of the contacts with the Republic of South Africa, Deputy Chief Scientific Secretary

  • +7 (49621) 6-58-39
    +7 (49621) 6-34-16

  • kamanin@jinr.ru

Scientific Themes and Projects

Scientists from the RSA participate in the following themes of the Topical Plan for JINR Research and International Cooperation in 2017:

  • Theoretical Physics
    “Theory of Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions” Leaders: V.V. Voronov, A.I. Vdovin, N.V. Antonenko;
    “Dubna International Advanced School of Theoretical Physics (DIAS-TH)” Leaders: A.S. Sorin, V.V. Voronov, A.T. Filippov.
  • Elementary Particle Physics and Relativistic Nuclear Physics
    “Development of the JINR Basic Facility for Generation of Intense Heavy Ion and Polarized Nuclear Beams Aimed at Searching for the Mixed Phase of Nuclear Matter and Investigation of Polarization Phenomena at the Collision Energies up to vsNN = 11 GeV/n” Leaders: A.S. Sorin, V.D. Kekelidze;
    “Advanced Studies on Systems of New Generation Accelerators and Colliders for Fundamental and Applied Research” Leader: G.D. Shirkov;
    “ALICE: Study of Interactions of Heavy Ion and Proton Beams at the LHC” Leader: A.S. Vodopyanov.
  • Nuclear Physics
    “Synthesis and Properties of Nuclei at the Stability Limits” Leader: M.G. Itkis, Scientific leader: Yu.Ts. Oganessian;
    “Accelerator Complex of Ion Beams of Stable and Radioactive Nuclides (DRIBs-III)” Leaders: G.G. Gulbekyan, S.N. Dmitriev, M.G. Itkis, Scientific leader: Yu.Ts. Oganessian;
    “Investigations in the Field of Nuclear Physics with Neutrons” Leader: V.N. Shvetsov.
  • Condensed Matter Physics, Radiation and Radiobiological Research
    “Investigations of Condensed Matter by Modern Neutron Scattering Methods” Leaders: V.L. Aksenov, A.M. Balagurov, D.P. Kozlenko;
    “Radiation Effects and Physical Basis of Nanotechnology, Radioanalytical and Radioisotope Investigations at the FLNR Accelerators” Leaders: S.N. Dmitriev, P.Yu. Apel.
  • Networking, Computing, Computational Physics
    “Information and Computing Infrastructure of JINR” Leader: V.V. Korenkov;
    “Methods, Algorithms and Software for Modeling Physical Systems, Mathematical Processing and Analysis of Experimental Data” Leaders: Gh. Adam, P.V. Zrelov.
  • Educational Programme
    “Organization, Support and Development of the JINR Educational Programme” Leaders: V.A. Matveev, S.Z. Pakuliak.
Cooperating organizations

At present, JINR actively cooperates with eight scientific centers and universities of the Republic of South Africa on ten scientific themes in all the spheres of scientific research of JINR:

Johannesburg:

Cape Town:

Pretoria:

Stellenbosch:

The representative of the government of the RSA to the Committee of Plenipotentiaries of JINR

The representative of the government of the RSA to the Committee of Plenipotentiaries of JINR is Doctor Thomas Auf der Heyde, Deputy Director-General of the Programme Human Capital and Knowledge Systems of the Department of Science and Technology.

The Representatives of the government of the RSA to the JINR Committee of Plenipotentiaries since 2006 – 2013 Dr. Neville Arendse, Science and Technology Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation

The representative of the government of the RSA to the Scientific Council of JINR

Dr. Robert Martin Adam, Chief Executive Officer of NECSA is the expert from the Republic of South Africa at the sessions of the Scientific Council of JINR. http://www.necsa.co.za/

Dr Robert Martin Adam has been the chief-executive officer of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) since 2006. He was the Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology from 1999 to 2006. He worked as a consultant to the governments of Namibia and Chile, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.

The representatives of the government of the RSA to JINR Programme Advisory Committee

Dr. Vilakazi Zabulon, Director of Cyclotron Laboratory iThemba L.A.B.S. is the member of JINR Programme Advisory Committee for Nuclear Physics.

Jean Willy Andre Cleymans, Professor of the University of Cape Town, is the member of JINR Programme Advisory Committee for Elementary Particle Physics.

National Holidays
  • New Year’s Day – 1 January
  • Human Rights Day – 21 March
  • Good Friday – 13 April (Friday before Easter Sunday)
  • Family Day – 16 April (Monday after Easter Sunday)
  • Freedom Day – 27 April
  • Workers Day – 1 May
  • Youth Day – 16 June
  • National Women`s Day – 9 August
  • Heritage Day – 24 September
  • Day of Reconciliation – 16 December
  • Christmas Day – 25 December
  • Day of Goodwill – 26 December
Events


Contact Information on the Embassies

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation:

Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of South Africa :