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The Day of Russian Science in Obninsk: Development of Scientific Potential, Technology Integration, and Anniversary of the World's First NPP

The professional day of science gathered over 300 leading scientists of the first science city of Russia and representatives of the state and regional authorities.

At the scientific and technical conference held at Rosatom Technical Academy, the attendees were congratulated by Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of the Kaluga Region. Anatoly Artamonov, Senator of the Russian Federation, Alexander Savin, Senator of the Russian Federation, Gennady Sklyar, Parliamentarian of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Alexander Anikeev, Minister of Education and Science of the Kaluga Region, Tatyana Leonova, Head of Obninsk City Administration, Vladislav Korogodin, Director for Development of Product Line of Rosatom State Corporation, Alexander Blagov, Vice-President of Kurchatov Institute, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and others were among the honoured guests of the special event.

_NX7A0854.jpg“Obninsk is a unique city where the areas of our scientific activity are concentrated. A large number of scientific organizations are located here. Our city is a huge scientific association, which includes research, design, development centres for creating technologies and, what is very important, there are production centres, because all technologies shall be implemented in production and “work” for the common good. In addition, a large number of educational institutions are located in Obninsk, which is a critical condition for the training of the qualified specialists of the future," said Andrey Lebezov, Director General of IPPE (“IPPE” JSC, part of the scientific division of Rosatom State Corporation).

The event brought together over 300 scientists and specialists from the scientific, production and educational organizations of the Kaluga Region, where the following topical areas of nuclear industry development were discussed: multi-component nuclear power, possibilities of non-power application of its technologies, and development of nuclear medicine. The topics of the speeches covered a wide range of socially significant issues and areas, which are relevant in modern science and most in demand in Russia.

The plenary report about the generation IV nuclear power system as a vector of development, delivered by Vladislav Korogodin, Director for Development of Product Line of Rosatom State Corporation, was a remarkable presentation. Vladislav Korogodin emphasized the potential of global two-component nuclear power with a closed fuel cycle. This area is a core component of sustainable development of the world economy and a condition for the large-scale development of nuclear power engineering owing to the unlimited resources, environmental acceptability, competitiveness and guaranteed safety. “The two-component nuclear power system is obviously the basis for the transition to a Generation IV power system. The Institute for Physics and Power Engineering plays a crucial role in the development of the Generation IV power system,” underlined Vladislav Korogodin.

NX7A1396.jpgThe panel discussion “Nuclear Technologies and Their Role in the Socio-Economic Development of the Country in the XXI Century” included reports by Vladimir Troyanov, Scientific Advisor of the Leypunsky Institute for Physics and Power Engineering, Alexander Blagov, Vice-President of Kurchatov Institute, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Valery Krylov, Head of the Department of the A.F. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Centre, Oleg Kononov, General Director of the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry, Tatiana Osipova, Deputy Director of the Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Evheniya Vershinina, Deputy Director of the Kaluga Branch of Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

The participants of the meeting discussed issues of personnel training, prospects for the development of human resources potential, opportunities for cooperation of universities and schools with enterprises of the scientific and industrial complex of the region, and involvement of young specialists. Particular attention was paid to the issue of the creation of the International Centre for Nuclear Education “Obninsk Tech”, which is to be a hub for the training of the personnel for the nuclear industry. At the Leypunsky Institute for Physics and Power Engineering, Centre's educational and research laboratories are being created, including laboratories of laser technologies, design and engineering, digital technologies, and nuclear medicine.

During the youth session, participants were presented with the preliminary outcomes of the Decade of Science and Technology. Young scientists and specialists shared their vision of the future of the nuclear industry. The report on the new trends in science, which was presented by Artur Petrosyan, a doctor of the Department of Radiosurgical Methods of Diagnostics and Treatment, was of great interest at the youth session.

As part of the celebration of the Day of Russian Science, the youth scientific conference was organized to gauge the interest of young scientists and specialists. “This experience proved that Rosatom Technical Academy can become a key centre for full-scale youth scientific conferences in Obninsk, with sessions in various areas, plenary and poster presentations,” said Elena Onishchuk, the moderator of the event, an expert of the educational and methodological centre “Nuclear and Radiation Safety” of Rosatom Technical Academy.

Within the framework of the youth session and the official part of the meeting, an award ceremony was held to honour a number of scientists for their great contribution to the development of science. The official part of the event closed with the presentation of the logo for the 70th anniversary of the commissioning of the World's First NPP.

For reference:

A scientific and technical conference dedicated to the Day of Russian Science was held at Rosatom Technical Academy on February 9. The event was organized by the Institute for Physics and Power Engineering (“IPPE” JSC, part of the scientific division of Rosatom State Corporation) together with the Obninsk City Administration and Rosatom Technical Academy.

The main objective of the International Research and Education Centre for Nuclear and Related Technology “Obninsk Tech” is to consolidate orders for Rosatom's partner countries, train personnel for specific projects, maintain individual development path of students and trainees, provide methodological support to the partner universities in partner countries, and develop training programmes for researchers. The future centre “Obninsk Tech” will help unleash Rosatom's potential in the area of international cooperation. Over 20,000 students and over 1000 faculty members is a perspective of the project “Obninsk Tech” by 2030. “Obninsk Tech” will become not only an educational but also a scientific institution with centres for construction and industrial design, prototyping and additive technologies, industrial tomography and non-destructive testing.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, announced 2022-2031 as the Decade of Science and Technology. The main goals of the Decade are attracting talented youth to science, involving researchers and developers in addressing essential tasks to develop society and the country, and making information on the achievements and prospects of Russian science more available to Russians.

Press service of JSC "Leypunsky Institute for Physics and Power Engineering”