Despite the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, a group of foreign scientists led by Professor Hwang Ui Wook, the director of the Institute for Phylogenomics and Evolution of the Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea, visited the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS. The group included three postgraduates who came to see the zoological collections of the museums of the NSCMB FEB RAS, the Federal Scientific Center of the East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity FEB RAS, and FEFU.
On October 6-8, 2021 an international conference entitled “Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Achievements and Development Outlook” took place in Vladivostok. It was hosted by the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (NSCMB FEB RAS) and the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS. Run both in-person and virtually, the event was attended by scientists from various countries — Russia, China, India, Germany, the USA and Canada. Academician Valentin Sergienko, Chairman of FEB RAS, and Academician Andrei Adrianov, Vice President of RAS, gave opening addresses to the conference on behalf of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
On August 26, 2021, an online ceremony was held to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS and the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa, India. The Memorandum formalizes the intentions of the two parties to cooperate in the field of marine biology and marine ecology and conservation in the Indian Ocean region, Pacific and Arctic regions.
On October 6-8, 2021 the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (the NSCMB FEB RAS) and the Primorsky Aquarium – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS will jointly hold an international scientific conference in Vladivostok, Russia "Marine Biology in the 21st Century: Achievements and Development Outlook (in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Academician Alexey V. Zhirmunsky)".
The conference will be held to mark the Year of Science and Technology in the Russian Federation (2021), the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (https://oceandecade.org/) , the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Marine Biology, now called the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology (2020) (http://www.imb.dvo.ru/index.php/en/we-are-50), and the 5th anniversary of the Primorsky.
On February 26, the A. V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology and the Primorsky Aquarium carried out an online meeting with their colleagues from the Lotte World Aquarium located in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. It was the first of a series of webinars which are planned to be held with various aquariums across the world.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. On October 23rd, 2020, “Primorsky Aquarium” – Branch of the NSCMB FEB RAS held a solemn ceremony dedicated to this anniversary with opening an exhibition and launching an audio tour of the Aquarium in Korean. The number of tourists from the Republic of Korea to Vladivostok reached 300,000 in 2019, and many of them visited “Primorsky Aquarium”. The scientific relations between NSCMB FEB RAS and the Korean scientific and educational institutions are also getting stronger. Since 2016, research studies have been conducted in a joint laboratory on the basis of NSCMB FEB RAS and the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK). Therefore, the administration of NSCMB FEB RAS and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vladivostok, in view of the anniversary and the established close relations, agreed to organize an exhibition on the platform of “Primorsky Aquarium”, which was supported by the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RF in Vladivostok.
Visiting guests of the exhibition hall of the «Primorsky Aquarium».
The second webinar (a scientific session) with Indian colleagues from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Department of Zoology, Presidency College, Chennai and Cochin Base of the Fishery Survey of India was held on 23nd of July, 2020. Participants from the Indian side were Dr. Cathrine Sumathi Manohar, Dr. Mandar Nanajkar, Dr. Maria-Judith B.D. Gonsalves, Dr. Punyasloke Bhaduri, Dr. B Manikandan, Dr. Shishir Shotriya, Dr. Mangesh Uttam Gauns, Dr. Soniya Sukumaran, Dr. Karuppasamy, Dr. Sijo P. Varghese; from the Russian side were: acting director – Dr. Konstantin A. Lutaenko, Dr. Marina V. Malyutina., Dr. Yuri F. Kartavtsev, Dr. Tatiana N. Dautova, Dr. Yulia A. Trebukhova, Dr. Julia K. Zograf, Dr. Oleg G. Borzykh.