On 25 March, 2019, a group of high-school students from Lyceum No. 1 of the Krasnoarmeysky district of Volgograd arrived at JINR. The visit programme included a tour of the Institute Part of the city, an excursion to the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, the Laboratory of Information Technology, and the Museum of the History of Science and Technology of JINR.

Acquaintance with Dubna and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research began with a walk around the Institute Part of the city. Accompanied by E. Karpova, the guests visited the historical sites, monuments to Bogolyubov, Mendeleev, Flerov, Meshcheryakov and walked along the embankment, breathing in fresh spring air and enjoying a beautiful sunny weather. The students and teachers noted the unique identity and academic atmosphere, took photos and enjoyed the views of the river connecting Dubna and Volgograd.

During his visit to the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, N. Anfimov introduced the students to the scientific programme of DLNP, guided the tour of the “Dark Room”, where the Laboratory staff test photomultipliers – parts of a giant neutrino detection setup. The genuine interest among the school children was sparked by a visit to the control panel of NOvA – an experiment situated on the opposite side of the globe. At the end of the visit, the students were demonstrated the operation principles of the simplest particle detector – the Wilson chamber, which was assembled in front of the guests.

In the course of the acquaintance with the fields of research at the Institute, I. Pelevanyuk guided a tour of the LIT Multifunctional Information and Computing Complex, where he introduced the visitors to the history of computer technology, explained how experimental data are processed and stored, and showed the supercomputer “Govorun” to the guests.

The visit to the JINR Museum helped the participants to “digest” the information received during the day: A. Zlotnikova and K. Kozubsky told the guests about the main milestones of development and the future projects of the Institute.