Irkutsk Scientific Centre
of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science

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Location of the Research Centre


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A large group of the Irkutsk Centre institutes is carrying out studies in Earth sciences. Natural and geological phenomena, large mining areas, various landscapes, the Baikal rift system, the Angara river and the system of water reservoirs, all these make up a matchless natural test ground for scientists.

The Institute of the Earth’s Crust, together with the Baikal Experimental Seismological Expedition, is a centre for studies of earthquakes and deep structure of the crust.

The Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry, which together with the allied Geological Institute of the Buryat Science Centre form the United Institute of Geochemistry and Geology, is well known leader in geochemical and geodynamic research that is of value not only in terms of geology but also as environmental and human health issues.

The world oldest Lake Baikal is unique natural object for comprehensive studies by Siberian, Russian and many foreign scientists. Recently deciphered continuous palaeoclimatic record from Baikal bottom sediments that images climatic and environmental changes in Central Asia over 15 Ma is their most important achievement. The Limnological Institute, the oldest academic institution in Eastern Siberia, has a modern fleet of various research vessels.

Examination of the environment and landscape conditions and predicting their changes under natural and anthropogenic impacts constitute the main subject of interest for scientists from the Institute of Geography.

Mathematical methods of sustainability and monitoring of complex systems, including those in economy and environment, are under elaboration in the Institute of System Dynamics and Control Theory.

On the basis of studies of complex organic and hetero-organic compounds and reaction mechanisms, the Irkutsk Institute of Chemistry, in collaboration with some local chemical enterprises, works out novel chemical products, among which those broadly used in medicine and agriculture, and can offer high-efficiency technologies for wood and biomass processing.

The Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry elaborates techniques for cultivation of agricultural plants in the severe Siberian climate using knowledge of physical and chemical processes and genetic information in plant cells, and deals with problems of preservation of biodiversity.

The Department of Regional Economic and Social Problems and the Design and Technology Institute for Beam Technologies work as affiliations to the Presidium of the Science Centre.

The Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics has a national scale research basis for studies of fundamental problems of solar physics and near-terrestrial space. The Institute possesses a complex of unique astrophysical equipment deployed in the Sayan Mountains, especially the Siberian solar radiotelescope, a large solar vacuum telescope, an incoherent scatter radar, as well as a network of astrophysical laboratories throughout the territory of Siberia.

The Melentiev Institute of Energy Systems, established during construction of the Angara hydroelectric cascade, became one of the most important centres engaged in theoretical work on energetic complexes and systems to provide a scientific basis for the unified energy strategy for Russia and its regions.

The institutes of the Irkutsk Centre have long-existing strong relations with the Irkutsk State University and the Irkutsk State Technological University, two major higher schools of the city. As a result, there exist joint educational and scientific complexes in mathematics, power engineering, biology and geology, a few tens of chairs where scientists from the research institutes are involved in teaching, specialised dissertation councils. Students and postgraduates have many opportunities to go through practical training in the academic institutes and scientific field trips.

Scientists from the Irkutsk Science Centre of the SB RAS work closely with the institutes of the East-Siberian Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. They perform joint research in radioecology, study the effect of various viruses and ecotoxicants on health of people and Baikal living organisms and elaborate new biologically active preparations and medicines.

Unique natural objects in the region, availability of a complex of major scientific installations and the world level of research at the Irkutsk Centre made it possible to establish three international research centres. The Baikal International Centre for Ecological Research, the International Centre of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and the International Centre for Active Tectonics and Natural Disasters are successfully running research.

Irkutsk Akademgorodok is a complete self-operating district within the city limits, by the side of the Angara River, which comprises residential and working zones with well-developed logistic and social infrastructure. The institutes of the Irkutsk Akademgorodok are joined into a local computer network by an optic-fibre cable and have access to Internet through their own communication unit.

Presidium of the Irkutsk Scientific Center
of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science

Address: ul. Lermontova, 134, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Phone: +7 (3952) 46-56-05

The Institutes of the Research Centre

Institute of Systems Dynamics and Control Theory SB RAS

Address: ul. Lermontova, 123, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
For telegrams: Irkutsk, 33, Mathematics
Phone: +7 (3952) 464300
Fax: +7 (3952) 511616

Energy Systems Institute (Siberian Energy Institute)
of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Address: ul. Lermontova, 130, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Teletype: 2311171 MIRAJ Telex: 231510 MIRAJ SU 
Fax : +7 (3952) 462796

Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Address: P.O. Box 1243, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Tel: +7 (3952) 460721
Fax: +7 (3952) 310754

Laser Physics Institute, Irkutsk Branch
Address: ul. Lermontova, 281, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Fax: +7 (3952) 464020
Tel: +7 (3952) 461701

Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Address: P.O. Box 4026, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
FAX: +7 (3952) 462557
Telephone: +7 (3952) 460265

Limnological Institute SB RAS

Address: ul. Ulan-Batorskaya, 3, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Phone: +7 (3952) 460610

Institute of Geochemistry SB RAS

Address: 664033, Irkutsk, ul. Favorskogo 1-A
For Correspondence: 664033 Irkutsk-33, P.O. Box 4019
Phone: +7 (3952) 460500 - Director of IGC ( Mikhail I. Kuzmin )
+7 (3952) 462802 - Vice Director ( Alexander M. Spiridonov )
+7 (3952) 465678 - Vice Director ( Alexander I. Nepomnyaschikh )
FAX: +7 (3952) 464050
E-mail: Director of IGC -
Information about IGC:

Institute of Chemistry SB RAS

Address: ul. Favorskogo, 1 Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Phones: +7 (3952) 461411; +7 (3952) 466416

Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of RAS

Address: ul. Ulan-Batorskaya, 1, Irkutsk, 664033 Russia
Phones: +7 (3952) 467719, +7 (3952) 462875, +7 (3952) 460269
Fax: +7 (3952) 467717

The Institute of the Earth's Crust SB RAS

ADDRESS: ul. Lermontova, 128, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
DIRECTOR: Nikolai A. Logatchev, academician, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
TEL: +7 (3952) 464000
FAX: +7 (3952) 462900
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Prof. Kirill G. Levi
TEL: +7 (3952) 461562
FAX: +7 (3952) 462900
TEL: +7 (3952) 462900
FAX: +7(3952) 462900

02/24/01 Fedor Babanine (