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Acting Governor of the Moscow region Andrei Yurievich Vorobiev visited Dubna on 24 January 2013.

The first part of the visit was devoted to his acquaintance with JINR. In the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions Scientific Leader of the laboratory Academician Yu.Ts. Oganessian, JINR Vice-Director M.G. Itkis and FLNR Director S.N. Dmitriev spoke to the guests on research and facilities. Each of them at one time headed the laboratory for 10 years; it ensured stability and continuity of scientific research, achievement of new results of the world level. A.Yu. Vorobiev was shown a part of the accelerator complex U-400M, where the synthesis of new elements is being implemented, and the IC-100 facility for track membranes. He was also acquainted with the Alpha and Beta complexes which manufacture equipment for plasmapheresis.

In the Veksler and Baldin Laboratory of High Energy Physics A.Yu. Vorobiev was acquainted with the NICA/MPD complex, which is being developed. The NICA/MPD complex is one of six mega science projects, claiming support from the Russian Government. VBLHEP Director V.D. Kekelidze spoke about the scientific programme and physical processes which are planned to be studied at the collider; he also presented a draft of the accelerator complex.

After excursions, a meeting with the local public was held in the JINR Scientists Club. It was attended by representatives of the city administration, JINR, the Special Economic Zone “Dubna”, the University "Dubna", city-forming enterprises and public organizations.

After the visit of A.Vorobiev to LNR, JINR Vice-Director M.G. Itkis reported about an agreement to provide a grant of the Governor of the Moscow region to construct a factory of super heavy elements.

At the meeting with A.Vorobiev, Head of the JINR Social Infrastructure A.V. Tamonov asked questions about continuation of the construction of a kindergarten, changing of financing of additional education, including sports clubs, and also about opportunities to develop scientific tourism. A.Yu. Vorobiev answered that social projects will be supported in the frames of the regional budget; he also supported the idea of construction of a bridge in Dubna. He also spoke about other initiatives of the administration of the Moscow region.

At the end of the visit a working meeting with heads of science cities was held.

Correspondent of the JINR weekly newspaper "Dubna: science, community, progress" Galina Myalkovskaya