A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology
Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences


A delegation from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (INPC VAST, Hanoi) led by Professor Pham Quoc Long, President of the Scientific Committee, and Dr. Pham Minh Quan, Deputy Director of the Institute, visited the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and its branch, "Primorsky Aquarium".

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Researchers from the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry VAST (Dao Thi Kim Dung, Dang Thi Minh Tuyet and Dang Thi Phuong Ly) and the Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry of the NSCMB FEB RAS (V.I. Svetashev, E.V. Ermolenko, T.V. Sikorskaya and V.P. Grigorchuk) do research on marine natural compound biochemistry of coral reef communities in Vietnam. The research is carried out based on an agreement on cooperation between the Institutes and a joint grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

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INPC VAST and NSCMB FEB RAS have been working in close collaboration since 2001, which resulted in many fundamental scientific publications, development of new medicines from natural resources of Vietnam, exchange of specialists, and training of graduate students.

On April 6, 2022, the 87th R/V "Akademik Mstislav Keldysh" cruise ended. It lasted for 120 days, with the port of Kaliningrad as the place of departure and completion of the expedition.

The NSCMB FEB RAS expedition team was formed to participate in a large-scale scientific expedition to study resources of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. The team consisted of O.G. Borzykh, expedition leader, research scientist of the Laboratory of Marine Microbiota, V.V. Kasyan, researcher of the Laboratory of Systematics and Morphology, junior research scientist of the Laboratory of Pharmacology G.V. Malykin, junior research scientist of the Laboratory of Pharmacology N.A. Shved.

The expedition organization was funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Research by the NSCMB FEB RAS group is conducted within the framework of the state assignment "Biodiversity and Structure of Bottom Communities of the Southern Ocean". The team performed a variety of scientific tasks.

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Expedition group photo.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the International Symposium:


The meeting is held by the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology FEB RAS (NSCMB FEB RAS, Vladivostok), Federal Science Center of Biodiversity in East Asia FEB RAS, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), and Vladivostok Public Foundation for Development of Genetics (VFDG).

MAPEEG-2022 is the eleventh symposium held in Vladivostok and Vostok Marine Biological Station, Russia. The symposium will be arranged on September 7-11, 2022. The current meeting will be primarily hosted by NSCMB FEB RAS.

The main subjects are the following:

  • Evolutionary Genetics & Genomics
  • Molecular Systematics, DNA Barcoding, and Phylogenetics
  • Microevolution. Population-Genetic Structure of Species
  • Ecological Genetics

For more information, follow this link: http://wwwimb.dvo.ru/misc/mapeeg/index.php/en/

On April 13, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko paid an official visit to Primorye. The head of the Friendly State took part in a working meeting with Governor Oleg Kozhemyako. The main topic of the talks was the cooperation between the Republic and the Territory (Primorsky Krai), implementation of the ongoing projects and new areas of cooperation.

The point in the itinerary of the delegation was the Primorsky Aquarium - a unique place where everyone can learn about the evolution of life in the ocean, the biodiversity of inhabitants of fresh and sea waters of the planet, including the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, Lake Baikal and Lake Khanka, the Amur River. Alexander Lukashenko visited the dolphinarium and watched the show at the Primorsky Aquarium.

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The President of Belarus was met by Inessa V. Duyzen, the Acting director of the National Scientific Center of Marine Biology named after A.V. Zhirmunsky, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In December 2021, the A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (the NSCMB FEB RAS), represented by its Acting Director, RAS Corresponding Member Dr. Inessa V. Dyuizen and the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK), represented by Dr. Wan-Hyun Choi, President of the MABIK, renewed their cooperation under the existing Memorandum of Understanding. Formal collaboration between the organizations began in 2016-2017, when the decision was made to document the relationship and create a joint Laboratory, called “the Marine Joint Laboratory of Biodiversity” (MJLB). As part of the work of the joint Russian-Korean Marine Biodiversity Laboratory, the first field work was carried out on the coast of the Peter the Great Bay on June 23-30, 2019.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its limitations, the two parties managed to identify promising areas of cooperation for 2022 in an online format and negotiate on an agreement under the existing Memorandum of Understanding which involves sharing experiences in developing best practices, organizing joint scientific events, conferences, colloquiums, symposiums, joint projects and research. So, the next MJLB committee scientific meeting will take place in the near future on the Zoom platform.

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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.

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