The Plasma Research and Education Center is supported by
- The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;
- The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation for the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (CRDF);
- The Government of the Republic of Karelia.
One of 16 Russian research and education centers — grantees of CRDF Basic Research and Higher Education Program (BRHE) — the Plasma Research and Education Center (REC Plasma) was opened at Petrozavodsk State University in the fall 2002. REC brought together local research teams that focus on problems of fundamental physics and its applications. Now the Plasma Center unites scholars and researchers from all over the world (see the list of our partners). It is always open to new projects and collaboration.
The Center is situated in the capital of Karelia — Petrozavodsk. Karelia is one of ecologically healthy and economically attractive regions of Russia. It is widely known for its beautiful nature, virgin forests, and inexhaustible resources. Not surprisingly, suburbs of Petrozavodsk were chosen for English Summer Camp 2006 held by CRDF .
In addition, Karelia is not far (a couple of hours by train) from central megapolises — Moscow and Saint Petersburg — which is advantageous for intensive interactions. A lucrative economical and geographical location together with welcoming environment for international exchange contributes to successful development of the Research and Education Center.
The Plasma Center enriches intellectual and educational potential of Karelia and Russia as a whole. Our scientific work is aimed at exploration and conservation of Karelian natural resources and environment. Much emphasis is put on the encouragement of cross-boarder communication.
Committed to Science for Life, we put a lot of effort into commercialization of technologies and promotion of innovative projects including their application to everyday life. Our scientific work at the local level is aimed at exploration and conservation of Karelian natural resources and environment.
Our highly professional and friendly team is the most important component of successful work. In addition to academic activities, there are many nice traditions at our center: skiing in the forest, picnics near the fire, country trips, parties, and celebrations. Newcomers are very welcome; they easily become a part of our community.