The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - INFN) and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) have renewed their framework agreement for scientific cooperation. The agreement was signed by INFN President, Fernando Ferroni, and JINR Director, Victor A. Matveev, in the presence of Italian President, Sergio Mattarella. The signing ceremony was attended by Cesare Maria Ragaglini, the Italian Ambassador in Moscow, Pietro Frè, the Embassy's Scientific Attaché, and the Italian delegation, including the Vice Presidents of INFN, Antonio Masiero and Antonio Zoccoli, and the INFN Director of International Relations, Roberto Pellegrini. “The Agreement, that we have renewed in the presence of President Mattarella – explained the INFN President, Fernando Ferroni – provides for collaboration between INFN and an international institute which has offered researchers from many countries a significant opportunity to speak the common language of physics. Today the JINR is engaged in promoting its future propects while envisioning a significant role for Italian science and industry”. “And, particularly as Italians, we cannot fail to highlight the historic role this institute has played: because 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 Agreement, now renewed for six years (2017-2022), is in keeping with a tradition of wide-ranging cooperation on the theoretical and experimental aspects of nuclear physics, high energies, astroparticle physics and technological research, in addition to providing for different forms of collaboration between the two Institutes, involving exchanges of researchers (both senior and junior), information, technologies and scientific equipment. The agreement also aims to promote the joint organisation of events that may encourage and facilitate all these collaborations, including scientific workshops, conferences, training schools.