In November, within the framework of the Year of Russia in Spain and the Year of Spain in Russia, University of Barcelona held a symposium named Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, initiated by SPSU scientists.
A number of universities in Spain joined to organize a Spanish-Russian Symposium on Theoretical Physics – such sphere where an active and fruitful cooperation between Spanish and Russian scientists exists. On the Russian side the symposium was attended by St. Petersburg and Moscow universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), on the Spanish side – University of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Barcelona, University of Madrid, Salamanca, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela. The biggest Russian delegation – 9 persons – represented SPSU. “The main objective of the symposium – to survey the achievements of the previous co-operation and to open new directions for collaborative research in a wide range of modern physics: from physics of elementary particles, nuclei and atoms to astrophysics and cosmology”, – Michael Joffe, one of the symposium participants, SPSU Professor of High Energy Physics and Elementary Particles, explained.

One of the most important tasks of the symposium, as the participants called it, is the renewal and extension of the previous agreements on scientific and educational cooperation. At the symposium the universities of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, Madrid, and Salamanca announced their intension to expand the existing contacts.