Development of international collaboration: Memorandum of Understanding between National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and the University of Nantes, France

The agreement on cooperative research and academic activities between the University of Nantes, France, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI is a considerable step in the development of international collaboration of LNBE. According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Prof. Olivier Laboux, President of the University of Nantes and Prof. Anatolij N. Petrovskij, Pro-Rector of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, the extensive cooperation program will primarily involve four units: LNBE and the Department of the Physics of Micro- and Nanosystems of our university and the Department of Science and Technology and Center of Protein Functions and Engineering of the University of Nantes.

Thus, a large research and educational institution, a successor of one of the oldest European Universities (the first University of Nantes was founded in 1460 and closed in 1793), has been added to the list of LNBE's partners.

The University of Nantes has become the fifths of the French research and educational institutions that collaborate with LNBE. To date, LNBE fruitfully collaborates with a total of 13 universities and research centers of Russia and Western Europe (France, Germany, and Ireland).

According to the new agreement, the cooperation will involve exchange of graduate and postgraduate students and researchers between the universities, unlimited access to tutorials and academic courses given in the collaborating institutions, lectures by the leading academics of the National Research Nuclear University and University of Nantes, as well as joint colloquia and symposia. The priorities of the joint research of the French and Russian universities will include nano-biotechnology, nanomedicine, biophysics, biochemistry, and biomedical diagnostics.


Prof. Igor Nabiev, PhD, DSc (,

Leading Scientist of the Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, 31 Kashirskoe shosse, 115409 Moscow, Russian Federation

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