Nuclear physics: agreement between INFN and JINR renewed
The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) – one of the most important international centres for research in nuclear and subnuclear physics based in Dubna, Russia – have renewed the framework agreement for scientific cooperation. The agreement was signed on 12 April 2017 at the Italian Embassy in Moscow in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
The agreement, renewed until 2022, is in the context of a tradition of wide-ranging cooperation between Italy and Russia in the fields of nuclear physics, high energy physics and astroparticle physics whose founder was Bruno Pontecorvo, the great physicist who studied under Enrico Fermi and whose birth centenary was celebrated in 2013. The agreement signed between INFN and JINR involves cooperation between the two institutes through exchanges of researchers, technologies and scientific equipment.
“The agreement that we have renewed in the presence of President Mattarella – said the President of the INFN, Fernando Ferroni – is a collaboration agreement between the INFN and an international institute which has offered researchers from many countries an opportunity to speak the common language of physics, and that today is looking ahead to the future with a significant role for Italian science and industry. And we cannot fail to remember, as Italians, the historic role that this institute has played: the JINR is also the laboratory where Bruno Pontecorvo developed all the ideas that made him a protagonist of physics in the last century”, concluded Ferroni.
The signing ceremony was attended by Cesare Maria Ragaglini, the Italian Ambassador in Moscow, Pietro Fré, the Embassy’s Scientific Attaché, the Vice Presidents of the INFN, Antonio Masiero and Antonio Zoccoli, and the INFN Director of International Relations, Roberto Pellegrini.