Russia, Germany to create joint science institute

Russia and Germany plan to create a joint Ioffe-Roentgen Institute to develop elementary particle accelerators, as well as synchrotron and neutron radiation sources, the chief academic secretary for the Kurchatov Institute’s National Research Center, Mikhail Popov, said on Tuesday.

According to Popov, the relevant documents were signed on Monday by Russian Minister of Education and Science Andrei Fursenko and German Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan. The heads of the Kurchatov Institute and the German DESY Synchrotron Center also signed the documents during the opening ceremony of the Russian-German year of education, science and innovations.

According to Popov, the idea is to jointly create instruments such as an x-ray free XFEL electron laser in Hamburg, the heavy ion accelerator FAIR in Darmstadt, as well as collaborative research at CERN, including the Large Hadron Collider.

“Much attention will be paid to qualifying young scientists and engineers to build these instruments,” Popov said.

MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) 

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