General information on collaboration

11 countries including GDR signed the agreement on foundation of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna on 26 March 1956.

By that time, strong cooperation had been established with GDR scientific centres. The Institute of High Energy Physics in Zeuthen, the Central Institute of Nuclear Research in Rossendorf, technical universities in Dresden and Magdeburg, the Central Research Institute of Radiation in Leipzig, and other GDR universities were the main partners at that time.

However, there were scientific intensive contacts with research institutions of the FRG, for example, with the Centre of Heavy Ion Physics in Darmstadt, the Max Plank Institutes, the Heidelberg University and other universities and research organisations.

GDR ended its membership in the Institute in August 1990. A bilateral agreement for cooperation and use of JINR facilities was concluded between the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of Germany authorized by the FRG Government to represent Germany’s interests at JINR.

Sessions of the Joint Coordinating Committee for the Agreement are held annually, at which attendees consider common projects within scientific programmes of the Institute, and their funding.

Workshop “Scientific cooperation between research centres of Germany and JINR”, Dubna, 13-14 December 1992

On 22-23 February 2010, the 20th anniversary Session of the Joint Coordination Committee was held, where both sides noted with satisfaction that the Agreement for cooperation has been a good basis for successful cooperation in research

The cooperation was becoming intensive from year to year. Cooperation regarding new transfermium element synthesis with the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (GSI) in Darmstadt has been particularly fruitful. A cooperation protocol was signed between two groups working at large experimental facilities – the SHIP velocity filter (GSI) and the electrostatic separator VASILISA (ЕРУ Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions JINR). Different methods were used in experiments on synthesis and study of radioactive decay properties of new isotopes of heavy elements: at the SHIP separator – the method of “cold” fusion discovered in middle 1970s, and at the VASILISA separator the method of “hot” fusion was studied. Cooperation between radio-biologists from Dubna and Darmstadt has been ongoing since 1985. (htth://

DESY became the main partner in terms of a number of cooperation projects among German national scientific centres in the 1990s. Business trips to DESY (Hamburg + Zeuthen) make more than a quarter of all business trips of JINR sraff members to Germany. JINR performs collaborative experiments with the scientific centre “German Electronic Synchrotron” (DESY). The Dubna group significantly contributed to upgrade of the magnetic spectrometer and to analysis of experimental data over the years of participation in HERMES, an experiment aimed at studying the spin structure of the nucleon. JINR staff have also successfully participated in the H1 experiment. Establishment of two forward proton spectrometers, a proportional chamber for detection of electron and positron scattering, and a new PLUG-detector of the facility, was a substantial contribution of the JINR team to this experiment. JINR participation in DESY experiments is supported with grants of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At present, JINR participates in large collaborative projects with DESY, namely HERA-B and HERMES. (htth://

The analysis of JINR cooperation with German scientific centres shows that more and more scientists from JINR participate in German projects these days. It is a mutually beneficial cooperation, and scientists from JINR and Germany are sure about its effectiveness. JINR takes an active part in projects undertaken at FAIR in GSI (Darmstadt), and in establishment of a powerful X-Ray free electron laser at DESY (Hamburg).

The German party is interested in using the IBR-2 neutron source. German scientists had done significant amount of work on reactor beams earlier. The EPSILON-SKAT diffractometer was reconstructed with BMBF funding, during a thorough upgrade of the IBR-2 reactor.

Cooperation in theoretical physics has been developing successfully in the frames of the Heisenberg-Landau programme which started in 1991. As a result of 600 supported projects, about 1500 joint articles have been published over the last 20 years.

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.

Their leaders, appointed by the plenipotentiaries of the JINR Member States play an organizing role in the life of national groups. Being in constant contact with plenipotentiaries, embassies of the Member States, the JINR Directorate and management services, national groups take part in the solution of the problems connected with the staying 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 has regular meetings. The representatives of the Directorate and the services of the Institute are invited to these meetings. The agenda includes discussion of urgent problems of the collaborators from the Member States. Due to this, the Directorate is able to make adequate decisions in time.

Currently 8 German staff members work at JINR laboratories.

  • RAS Academician
    Boris Yu. Sharkov
    Executive of the contacts with Germany, Special Representative of the Director of JINR for Cooperation with international and Russian scientific organizations

  • +7 (49621) 6-22-01;
    +7 (49621) 6-50-60;
    +7 (916) 203-00-30


Scientific Themes and Projects

The scientists of Germany take part in the research work on the following themes of the Topical plan for JINR research and international cooperation for the year 2023:

    • Theoretical Physics
      Cooperation on 5 themes
    • Elementary Particle Physics and Relativistic Nuclear Physics
      Cooperation on 15 themes
    • Nuclear physics
      Cooperation on 4 themes
    • Condensed Matter Physics, Radiation and Radiobiological Research
      Cooperation on 6 themes
    • Networking, Computing, Computational Physics
      Cooperation on 3 themes
Members of the JINR Scientific Council
106th Session of the JINR Scientific Council, 23-24 September 2010
National Holidays

The national holidays of Germany include:

  • New Year – 1 January
  • Great Friday – Easter – 2 days. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the spring full moon. The spring full moon is the first full moon after the day of vernal equinox
  • Water Plunge Monday – Easter + 1 day
  • Labour Day – 1 May
  • The Ascension of Christ – Easter + 39 days
  • Trinity Sunday – Easter + 50 days
  • The Day of German Unity – 3 October
  • First day of Christmas – 25 December
  • Second day of Christmas – 26 December

Contact Information on the Embassies

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Russian Federation:

Russian Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany: