Republic of South Africa

General information on collaboration between the Republic of South Africa and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research

The collaboration between the Republic of South Africa and JINR has been developing since 1993 when Professor Heiss Walter Dieter and Professor David McLachlan from the University of Johannesburg visited Dubna for the first time. The initiator of collaboration from the JINR party was JINR Director Professor Vladimir Georgievich Kadyshevsky, who payed a return visit to Johannesburg in September 1993, and a well-known specialist in the fields of nuclear technology Professor Robert Martin Adam, Head of the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, was the initiator of this cooperation from the RSA party.

The Agreement of cooperation, which provided favorable conditions for further development of collaboration in the fields 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) actively participated in its preparation. As a part of the agreement, cooperation and 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 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 Resources of the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa (DST) Dr. Neville Arendse visited JINR. The stimulated 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 research.

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 would be 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 among priority research fields, both sides appointed the coordinators of work and persons responsible for the general coordination of collaboration. It was decided that young scientists, postgraduate students, and students from RSA should take part in all 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 studied within the framework of collaboration between JINR and the DST of SA, but it also touched the issues 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 specialists of several universities of RSA, namely UNISA, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria and some others, as well as 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, 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 2018:

  • Theoretical Physics
    “Theory of Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions”
    Leaders: V.V. Voronov, A.I. Vdovin, N.V. Antonenko;
    on the RSA side – iThemba LABS, Unisa;

    “Dubna International Advanced School of Theoretical Physics (DIAS-TH)”
    Leaders: A.S. Sorin, V.V. Voronov, A.T. Filippov;
    on the RSA side – UCT.
  • 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;
    on the RSA side – UCT, UJ, WITS;

    “Advanced Studies on Systems of New Generation Accelerators and Colliders for Fundamental and Applied Research”
    Leader: G.D. Shirkov;
    on the RSA side – iThemba LABS;

    “ALICE: Study of Interactions of Heavy Ion and Proton Beams at the LHC”
    Leader: A.S. Vodopyanov;
    on the RSA side – UCT.
  • Nuclear Physics
    “Synthesis and Properties of Nuclei at the Stability Limits”
    Leader: M.G. Itkis, Scientific leader: Yu.Ts. Oganessian;
    on the RSA side – iThemba LABS, Unisa;

    “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;
    on the RSA side – iThemba LAB;

    “Investigations in the Field of Nuclear Physics with Neutrons”
    Leader: V.N. Shvetsov;
    on the RSA side – Unisa, UWC, SU.
  • 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;
    on the RSA side – Necsa;

    “Radiation Effects and Physical Basis of Nanotechnology, Radioanalytical and Radioisotope Investigations at the FLNR Accelerators”
    Leaders: S.N. Dmitriev, P.Yu. Apel;
    on the RSA side – UP, UWC;

    “Development of Experimental Facilities for Condensed Matter Investigations with Beams of the IBR-2 Facility”
    Leaders: S.A. Kulikov, V.I. Prikhodko;
    on the RSA side – Necsa.
  • Networking, Computing, Computational Physics
    “Information and Computing Infrastructure of JINR”
    Leader: V.V. Korenkov;
    on the RSA side – UCT;

    “Methods, Algorithms and Software for Modeling Physical Systems, Mathematical Processing and Analysis of Experimental Data”
    Leaders: Gh. Adam, P.V. Zrelov;
    on the RSA side – UCT, SU.
  • Educational Programme
    “Organization, Support and Development of the JINR Educational Programme”
    Leaders: V.A. Matveev, S.Z. Pakuliak;
    on the RSA side – DST.
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:

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.

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

Representative of the Government of the RSA to the Scientific Council of JINR

At present, Faïҫal Azaiez, Director, iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences – iThemba LABS (Somerset West, South Africa), is a representative of the government of the RSA in the Scientific Council of JINR.

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 a Member of JINR Programme Advisory Committee for Nuclear Physics.

Jean Willy Andre Cleymans, Professor of the University of Cape Town, is a 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
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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 :