Federal Research Center "Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences" (FRC KSC RAS) is a comprehensive scientific institution that carries out fundamental studies of high-latitude environment in the Euro-Arctic region and provides a scientific basis for assessing the resource potential and developing a rational strategy for the North.
The Center was founded in 1930 by Alexander Fersman, member of the Academy of Sciences, as the Khibiny mountain station of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Nowadays KSC is the only Federal Research Center in Russia located beyond the Arctic Circle. The Head of the Center is Professor Sergey Krivovichev, D.Sc., Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
At present, FRC KSC RAS comprises 10 research institutes and an extensive network of support units and experimental areas, located across vast territories from Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Land in the North to Andromeda in the East and Tedino and Plesetsk in the South. There are 6 archives and museums at the Center as well. The so called "Academic Town" (Akademgorodok) and the Presidium of KSC are located in the city of Apatity (Murmansk region) since 1961.
The research staff of the Center is represented by 654 researchers, including 57 D.Sc., 222 Candidates of Science, 177 early career researchers. 10 training programs are open for postgraduate students (57 students in 2018). In addition, there are 8 Educational Departments and 4 Research and Educational Centers at KSC. 140 employees carry out educational activities.
According to the 2017 statistics, the KSC research staff prepared more than 1000 publications included into both Russian and international SCI systems, 22 monographs, 19 collections of scholarly articles, and received 19 patents.
KSC Research Institutes: http://www.ksc.ru/instituty/
Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Rare Elements and Mineral Raw Materials
Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems
Institute of Informatics and Mathematical Modeling
Luzin Institute for Economic Studies
Northern Energetics Research Center
Research Center for Human Adaptation in the Arctic
The Barents Center of the Humanities
Center for Nanomaterials
October 15-17, 2019: "Digital Technologies in Mining" (All-Russian Scientific and Technical Conference with international participation);
October 7, 2019: KSC hosted XXX Youth scientific school-conference "Actual problems of Precambrian Geology, Geophysics and Geoecology". One of the topics of the conference was "Scientific base for forecasting of strategic minerals deposits in the Arctic";
September 23-28, 2019: Kola Science Center (Laboratory of nature-like technologies and technospheric safety in the Arctic) represented Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia at the International Technical Fair ITF 2019 and was awarded a gold medal.
Facts and figures
|Total Number of Staff||1250|
|Number of Academic Staff||654|
|Number of Students||57|
Arctic Nature: State and Evolution
Ecologically Safe Technosphere in the North
Social Sphere and Economy of the North
Digitalization of the North as a Strategic Resource for regional development
|Fields of Study Offered||Biology and biochemistry
History and archaeology
Electricity and energy