On 21 March, 2019, the final-year students of the French Lyceum “A. Dumas” (Moscow) accompanied by their teachers and science cooperation officers of the French Embassy in Moscow visited the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research.

It became the third visit of the representatives of this educational institution to the Institute: the students had already been to JINR in 2017 and 2018. To introduce the guests to the main fields of scientific research, the staff members of JINR UC organised excursions to the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions and the Laboratory of High Energy Physics.

The introduction to JINR began in the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, where Scientific Secretary A. Karpov briefly told the visitors about the structure of the Institute and the major scientific projects implemented here. Afterwards, he gave a lecture on the activities of FLNR and the synthesis of superheavy elements, emphasizing the importance of fundamental research as the driving force of technological progress. In his lecture, A. Karpov mentioned the fact that UNESCO proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table, and shared the plans of FLNR scientists to extend the borders of the Table. In the course of the lecture, the guests were shown a model of the DC-280 accelerator of the SuperHeavy Elements Factory. FLNR staff member A.Voinov guided a tour of the IC-100 accelerator, where the visitors got acquainted with the operation principles of the cyclotron and learned about the production and applications of track membranes.

Later on, the guests went to the Laboratory of High Energy Physics, where D. Dryablov demonstrated spectacular experiments with liquid nitrogen and A. Filippov guided a tour of the historical hall of the Synchrophasotron control room. The visit came to its end in the Magnet Assembly Hall, where superconducting magnets for the NICA accelerator complex are manufactured. O. Kazinova introduced the guests to the main stages of production and testing of these key details of the future collider.