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Russia to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Nuclear Industry
Russia is celebrating the anniversary of its nuclear industry. During 75 days, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation will hold throughout the country more than 100 anniversary events dedicated to the domestic nuclear industry. The celebration motto is «75 Years — Ahead of the Times».
August 20, 1945 was the pivot point in the history of the domestic nuclear industry which has been «holding» the country’s nuclear shield for 75 years now; which supplies energy to cities and towns, develops science and new technologies that are now far beyond the «nuclear» areas. On that day, the Special Committee was established under the USSR State Defense Committee to manage the work on the «atomic project», as well as the First Main Directorate under the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR. The implementation of the Soviet «atomic project» made it possible to reach the nuclear parity with the USA in a short time, keeping the peace on the planet.
For a long time, the nuclear industry was one of the most closed sectors, and it was not even customary to talk about peaceful achievements of the atomic science. Most people do not realize that many technologies and solutions available to us today — from diagnostic medical equipment to security systems — have been developed and manufactured at nuclear industry enterprises.
The Rosatom’s anniversary program will be launched on August 20 — the nuclear industry’s birthday — and will last for 75 days. It is designed in such a way as to tell about the domestic nuclear industry and the role plaid by the peaceful atomic energy in the life of each of us. All events are thematically divided into three major blocks: «Past», «Present», and «Future».
The first day will include several solemn events dedicated to the industry’s history and honoring its veterans. Monuments and memorial plaques to famous Soviet atomic scientists will be unveiled, including a monument to Efim Pavlovich Slavsky, the legendary Minister of Medium Machine-Building, near the central building of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation on Bolshaya Ordynka in Moscow.
Also, on August 20 at 5:00 p.m. MSK, atom75.ru website will host an online concert: «Rosatom’s At-Home Concert». Turetsky Choir and the Soprano art group will perform live with songs of those years when the nuclear industry was born and developed. «Rosatom’s At-Home Concert» will be the first large-scale event in the Rosatom’s anniversary program.
One of the central events of the anniversary in the «Present» block will be a big gala concert in the State Kremlin Palace, which will be shown by a central TV channel on September 27. On September 28, on the Nuclear Industry Worker’s Day which will be an official holiday in atomic town, the teleconference «Rollcall of Nuclear Towns — Five-Hour Broadcast» will be organized on the atom75.ru website.
The main event of the «Future» block as part of the anniversary events will be the opening of the National Science Festival Nauka 0+ «Physics of the Future» to be held from October 9 to 18. The festival will host open lectures by famous scientists, a discussion about the future of mankind, unique scientific and educational films, creative workshops, interactive exhibitions, expositions of inventors (Science Maker Fair); the program also includes competitions of robots and teleconferences with the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Antarctic Station; excursions to scientific laboratories, scientific battles — Science Slam, outdoor expositions, scientific quests, and much more. The anniversary festival will be dedicated to breakthrough technologies in nuclear energy, medicine, biology, IT, artificial intelligence, nanoparticles, and other areas of physics that determine the development of mankind for the coming centuries.
One of the closing events of the anniversary program will be the youth conference «Next75» in Sochi on October 31. The future of talented youth will be discussed by world famous scientists, including Konstantin Novoselov, a Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics for the discovery of graphene; Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software initiative; Thomas Frey, the best lecturer on the future according to Google; Peter Vesterbacka, one of the authors of Angry Bird, and others.
For other anniversary events, see the nuclear industry event schedule at calendar.atom75.ru.
Rosatom State Corporation (full name: Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation) is one the global technological leaders. It is a multi-industry holding comprising assets in power engineering, machine engineering and construction, among others. It is one of the ten largest companies in Russia. Having competencies across the entire nuclear fuel cycle, the State Corporation boasts the largest foreign project portfolio in the world with 36 power units at different stages of implementation in 12 countries. Rosatom is the largest producer of electricity in Russia, ensuring over 19% of the country’s energy needs. Rosatom also ventures into manufacturing equipment and isotopes for nuclear medicine, does research, materials studies, digital products, manufactures various innovative nuclear and non-nuclear products. Rosatom is engaged into low-carbon generation, including wind energy. The Corporation includes nearly 400 enterprises and organizations employing a total of about 250,000 people.