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igmThe V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IGM SB RAS) is among the leading academic institutions in Russia. It performs both pure and applied research in various fields of geosciences: geodynamics, tectonics, magmatism, metamorphism, petrology, geochemistry, mineral formation, metallogeny, environment and climate global change, engineering geology, geo-information technologies, etc.

The Institute succeeds to the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG) founded in 1957 by academician Andrey A.Trofimuk who, together with Vladimir S. Sobolev, laid the foundation for the principles and ways of scientific work.

Currently the Institute comprises eighteen laboratories and several technological groups which belong to two divisions: geology and mineralogy. IGM employs about 700 people in total, among them about 400 researchers, including full (N.P. Pokhilenko, N.V. Sobolev, V.V. Reverdatto) and correspondent (G.V. Polyakov, V.S. Shatsky) members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and more than 200 doctors and candidates of sciences (over 70 and 180, respectively). Nikolay P. Pokhilenko, full member of the Academy, has headed the Institute since 2007.

The work of researchers from IGM complies with the highest international standards and fits the current world trends in geosciences. It contributes to the most important achievements in the Russian Academy of Sciences and its Siberian Branch presented in annual reports.

The results obtained at IGM are published yearly in 300 books and papers on average, out of which three quarters are rated in the Web of Knowledge international database.

More than 60 researchers are professors, associate professors, or assistant professors at different universities and other educational institutions, most of them teach at the Novosibirsk State University (NSU), where IGM shares training responsibility with NSU at four subdepartments.  

Doctoral and master theses are defended at two dissertation committees where 3 and 7 dissertations on average are presented yearly for the doctor and candidate degrees, respectively.

The Institute possesses advanced instrumental facilities. The studies are supported by analytical work at the Analytical Center for multielement and isotope analyses. The analysts master classical and new methods of X-ray fluorescence, powder diffraction, mass spectrometry, microprobe analyses, and isotope dating applied to determine the major- and trace-element compositions, isotope systematics, structure, and ages of rocks and minerals. Since 1999 the Center has been certified by the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology as a supplier of independent reliable analytical information (accreditation certificate ROSS RU.001.510590).

The Institute is a co-founder of two journals: the monthly scientific journal of Russian Geology and Geophysics (Geologiya i Geofizika) and a quarterly popular journal Science First Hand (Nauka iz Pervykh Ruk).

For years, IGM has been an active popular exponent of Earth sciences. It accommodates the Central Siberian Geological Museum which has been visited by more than 600 people since its opening, mostly schoolchildren. The collection exceeds 20,000 samples that represent over 1000 mineral species.

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