AHRC signs agreement with Russian Foundation for Basic Research

Date: 13/03/2019

This week the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR). The collaboration will provide opportunities to exchange ideas, information and skills in arts and humanities research and will potentially support cooperative activities between researchers in the UK and Russia.

The agreement was signed by Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the AHRC and Academician Vladislav Panchenko, Chairman of the RFBR and will initially focus on the delivery of a series of workshops based on areas of mutual interest. The sessions aim to encourage the productive exchange of views between British and Russian scholars, to demonstrate the strength and depth of research in different fields and to establish an agenda for future research.

Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council said: “The Memorandum marks an important step in further strengthening the UK-Russia research relationship. The agreement not only reflects the commitment of both organisations to enrich arts and humanities research across borders, but also creates a practical framework to facilitate further collaboration. The workshops and subsequent activities will open up the possibility for researchers to pursue themes of mutual benefit, as well as showcasing the strength and depth of research in both countries.”

Academician Vladislav Panchenko, Chairman of the Board, Russian Foundation for Basic Research said: “Today's agreement marks an important step in collaborating with one of the leading and most authoritative research organisations in the UK – the Arts and Humanities Research Council. We welcome the interaction between researchers across the two countries and we are delighted to welcome a strong panel of distinguished speakers at the first workshop in Moscow.  We look forward to this fruitful collaboration and the future achievements of this partnership.”

The pilot workshop will take place in Moscow from 13th – 15th March and will be organised by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), the MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and will be supported by the UK Science and Innovation Network.

Speakers will include Professor Andrew Thompson, AHRC Executive Chairman, Professor Simon Dixon, University College London, Dr Tim Boon, Science Museum Group and a number of Russian scholars including Professor Velikhan Merzikhanov and Dr. Marina Ayzenstat from the Institute of World History and Professor Natalia Kapitonova and Dr. Vladimir Degoev from the MGIMO University.*

Following initial workshop in Moscow, the agreement will foster further collaboration over the next five years, including joint and coordinated activities on specific subjects with the participation of researchers from each country.

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For further information please contact:

UK: Eleanor Fry, Senior Communications Manager, Arts and Humanities Research Council, ellie.fry@ahrc.ukri.org

Russia: Kalashnikova Viktoria, MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) Press Office. Tel: +7-915-301-91-88

Notes to editors

* Further Russian speakers include Dr. Andrey Sorokin, Director of the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History, Professor Vera Zabotkina, Vice Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Dr. Yury Petrov, Director of the Institute of the Russian History and Professor Evgeny Kozhokin, Vice Rector of the MGIMO University.

About The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

Find out more about the AHRC at: ahrc.ukri.org, on Twitter at @ahrcpress, on Facebook at Arts and Humanities Research Council, or Instagram at @ahrcpress.

About Russian Foundation for Basic Research

The RFBR is a Federal State Establishment with a mission to support research activities of the scientists in Russia including their collaborations with the foreign scholars in all fields of natural, social and human sciences. Its main partner in the United Kingdom is the Royal Society of London with an enviable reputation for promoting high-quality research. The RFBR close contacts with the former RCUK and its successor UKRI in the frames of the Global Research Council where two organizations are actively participating from 2012 opened an opportunity for the RFBR to enter into a bilateral cooperation with the Arts and Humanities Research Council in supporting collaborations between the scientists of two countries involved in the spheres attracting much more understanding and interest  of the general public in comparison with the pure natural sciences.

Find more about the RFBR at: www.rfbr.ru

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