The format of Russia-CERN relations continues to improve

News, 25 April 2018

On 23 April 2018, a regular meeting of the “Russia-CERN” Committee in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) was held in Switzerland. Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation G.V. Trubnikov and CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti took part in the Committee.

Opening the meeting, G.V. Trubnikov noted that the “Russia-CERN” Joint Committee “is getting effective and rhythmic in nature”. The Head of the Russian delegation highlighted that the Russian Federation is interested in intensification and enhancement of already developed cooperation.

CERN Director General also affirmed the importance of joint work with Russian partners. Outlining trends of development of cooperation with the Russian Federation, Fabiola Gianotti noted that it is now possible to talk about start of the “new era” of the “CERN-Russia” cooperation.

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Participants of the meeting noted the positive dynamics in extending the format of the “Russia-CERN” relations. The draft of the agreement in fields of high-energy physics and other areas of mutual interest prepared by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science was endorsed by the Russian scientific community. The text of the Agreement has been sent to CERN and will be then considered at the meeting of the CERN Council.

In the course of the meeting, G.V. Trubnikov and Fabiola Gianotti signed the protocol of the 37th meeting of the Committee on the Russia-CERN cooperation that had been held on 2 October 2017 in Moscow.

Participants of the meeting discussed topical issues concerning development of the “Russia-CERN” cooperation, in particular, they exchanged information and specified joint plans on modernization of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). They also heard the reports on participation of Russian scientific organizations in construction of the LHC accelerator with high luminosity as well as in other projects and experiments. G.V. Trubnikov noted the importance of inclusion of the university community in «the orbit of the “Russia-CERN” cooperation». In particular, one of possible formats of such inclusion may be organization of joint summer schools in leading universities of Russian Siberia and the Far East; thus attracting young scientists from these universities and neighbouring states.

The parties agreed to continue the intense, open and mutually beneficial dialogue.

The Russian delegation was represented by the NRC “Kurchatov Institute”, the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the RAS Siberian Branch, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, the Lebedev Physical Institute of RAS and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation