Nizhny Novgorod Region

The capital of Nizhny Novgorod Region was founded by the Grand Duke of Vladimir Juri Vsevolodovich at the confluence of the rivers Volga and Oka in 1221. From 1392 on it was part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow for which it served as a fortress against the Tatars. After the conquest of Kasan by Tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1552 Nizhny Novgorod became an important trading place along the trading route between Russia and the East.

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In the 1950s the city of Nizhny Novgorod got closed for foreigners due to the fact that it was a huge production place for arms and weapons. During the Soviet time from 1932-1990 Nizhny Novgorod was also named after the proletarian writer M. Gorky – instead of Nizhny Novgorod. By clicking on this link you will get to a nice film which introduces you to all facets of Nizhny Novgorod.

 impression from Nizhny Novgorod region | source: thinkstock

After the collapse of the Soviet Union Nizhny Novgorod became a pioneer region in implementing market reforms with the result that it is now a very attractive place for international investments. Internationally successful companies like Liebherr, Thyssen Krupp, Stada, Coca-Cola or Heineken are located in the region.

impression from Nizhny Novgorod region | source: thinkstock

Beyond the fact that Nizhny Novgorod is one of the industrial giants in Russia, it is also one of the biggest research centers of the country. More than 48000 researchers work in 107 research institutes. One of the prestige projects is the International Research Centre for Extreme Light Fields (XSELS) which is part of the 6 Russian Megascience Projects and which has the potential to become one of the world’s leading research infrastructures in the field of high energy lasers. A full project description is available here.

Cooperation activities in this region:

  • 26.07.2014 - 02.08.2014 | Nizhny Novgorod

    26th Joint Russian-German Workshop on ECRH and Gyrotrons

    A fruitful collaboration exists between German and Russian partners in the field of high power microwave heating of fusion plasmas. The goal of this network is to bring together a broad expertise in the field of microwave technology for fusion plasmas, both in heating and in diagnostics, and exploit synergies between the groups. As outcome, we expect major advances in both fields that will be relevant for fusion research as a whole, but in particular, also for the international ITER project, in which both Germany (as partner of EURATOM) as well as Russia are part.

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