From 24 to 29 October 2018, Rosatom Festival of Science and Culture with scientific and educational activities focused on nuclear science and technologies will be held in Mumbai and New Delhi. The event is jointly organized by Russia`s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Nehru Science Centre (Mumbai) with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India.

Mikhail Kornienko, Russian pilot-cosmonaut, Olga Momot, Associate Professor at National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, and Elena I. Sarapultseva, Professor of Biotechnology at National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” will speak in IIT Bombay as well as Nehru Science Centre and other educational institutions.

Kornienko was selected for a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station and began the year long mission in March 2015. In Mumbai he will share his vision history on the possibility to develop a nuclear-powered spacecraft for deep space travel. All interested people will be invited to join him in special exercises for the cosmonauts, which prevent bone and muscle loss in Space.

During the lectures Olga Momot and Elena I. Sarapultseva will talk on electricity generation from the nuclear power plants as well as non-power application of nuclear technologies in medicine, agriculture and daily life.

"Rosatom Festival of Science and Culture is a series of educational activities. It gives participants an opportunity to experience Russian culture and get to know about the latest developments in nuclear science and technology. Each Festival is tailor-made with a lot of interactive talks, readings, workshops, contests, cultural activities and much more. We hope that the festival will inspire Indian students to consider nuclear engineering as the career option," said Andrey Shevlyakov, CEO of Rosatom South Asia.

Andrei Lebedev, Vice President in India of ASE Group of Companies, Rosatom's engineering division, said, "The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a symbol of Indo-Russian relations. The aim of the festival is to strengthen the friendly relationships between children of India and Russia, encourage their creativity, and provide a platform to get exposed to knowledge on the variety of cultures."

For the first time, the educational activities will be accompanied by the cultural program with the world`s famous dance ensemble "Kalinka" to perform in Mumbai and Russian Centre For Science And Culture in Delhi. “Kalinka” was founded in 1968 and took part in the opening ceremony of Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.

This is the third edition of Rosatom Festival of Science. In 2016 and 2017 the event was held in Chennai and Delhi respectively.

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ROSATOM brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet, has the world’s largest portfolio of nuclear power plant construction projects abroad (36 nuclear power plants units in 12 countries), and the second largest uranium reserves globally. It ranks fourth in uranium production and covers 17% of the global nuclear fuel market.

In India ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation jointly with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) implement the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).

The KKNPP Unit 1 was synchronised with the southern power grid in October 2013. The KKNPP Unit 2 was connected to grid in August 2016. The KKNPP Units 3 and 4 are under construction, while the Units 5 and 6 have been contracted and on-site preparation is underway.