30.09.2011 [News]

Russian government calls for the development of mega-science projects

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Dubna on July 5 to hold a session of the Government Commission on High Technologies and Innovation at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR).

During the session of the Government Commission the Prime Minister emphasized the fact that mega-science projects are not only about the prestige of a nation. They help focus resources on priority areas, and to make breakthroughs first in fundamental science and then in technology.

It is believed that through implementation of such megascience projects, Russia can deal with the most crucial staffing problem and fight the brain drain. According to the Prime Minister, the only way to solve this issue is to make conditions appealing to talented and promising young researchers, so that they can make a name for themselves here in Russia, fulfill their potential and do so using the most modern equipment.

Andrey Fursenko, The Russian Minister for Education and Science, said that Russia will get six major research installations in the near-distant future, but added that corresponding projects still needed refinement and the government was yet to approve funding. The six projects were selected from 28 applications and asked the government to give the green light for them at their current level (http://mon.gov.ru/press/reliz/8629/):

  • Tokamak fusion reactor called IGNITOR (Russia-Italy joint project open to accession of other international partners), Troitsk Institute for Innovation & Fusion Research (TRINITI).
  • High-flux research nuclear reactor (PIK) St.-Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics in Gatchina, near St.-Petersburg (in partnership with Germany and with probable involvement of North European and Baltic States).
  • Synchrotron light source, Multiturn Accelerator-Recuperator Source (MARS), National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute".
  • NICA, Nuclotron based Ion Collider Facility, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna.
  • Sub-Exawatt Laser based International Research Centre on Extreme Light Fields, Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAP RAS), Nizhny Novgorod
  • Electron-Positron Collider Super C-Tau Factory Project, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk.

Each of six projects suggested for realization in Russia will need over 1.5 bullion rubles of government funding and will be completed in 10 years or less.

The Prime Minister stressed that Government should start by drafting a roadmap for each of the proposed projects. Authorities then have them undergo international expert analysis, arrange broad-based discussions in the research community, and do the full cycle of groundwork, from the signing of international treaties, where the signatories’ financial commitments are spelled out, through to the selection of a managing company.

The Official Site of the Government of the Russian Federation and
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Official web-site