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The state members of ICRANet international organisation are the states of Armenia, Brazil, Italy, the Vatican City State, as well as ICRA, the University of Arizona and the Stanford University. The initial choice of Armenia to be one of ICRANet founder members has been motivated by three essential factors: the prevalent scientific level reached by Armenia in the Astronomy field during the past century in the Soviet Union, the many existing contacts within ICRA and the Armenian scientists, the deep political, religious and cultural relations in common between Italy and Armenia.


ICRANet-Armenia seat:ICRANet Seat in Armenia
Address 24a, Marshall Baghramian Avenue
0019 Yerevan, Republic of Armenia 

The ICRANet seat is organised in the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) since January 2014: it is among more than 34 scientific institutions and other organizations which are included in the Presidium of the Academy. In Armenia, the ICRANet center collaborates effectively with other scientific institutions from the Academy and Universities which includes organizing joint international meetings/workshops, summer schools for PhD students and mobility programs for scientists in the field of Astrophysics ICRANet centre in Armenia can play a strategic role for the ICRANet activities in the area of central-Asian and middle-eastern countries.

In 2014, the government of the republic of Armenia approved the agreement to establish ICRANet international centre in Armenia. The seat agreement has been signed in Rome on 14 February 2015 by the director of ICRANet Prof. Remo Ruffini and the ambassador of Armenia in Italy Mr. Sargis Ghazaryan. On 13 November 2015 the parliament of the Republic of Armenia unanimously approved the Seat Agreement. With this status, the Seat in Yerevan will contribute to the development of Relativistic Astrophysics in Armenia and will give to Armenian researchers the possibility of participating in the international programs implemented by ICRANet.

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The ICRANet seat agreement in Armenia http://www.icranet.org/documents/seatAgreementArmenia_eng.pdf

The representative of Armenia in the scientific committee of ICRANet is Prof. Felix Aharonian.


ICRANet activity in Armenia-2014

A summer school and international scientific conference dedicated to the issues of Relativistic Astrophysics were held in Armenia from June 28 to July 4 2014. During the summer school (on June 28 and 29) in the guest house of NAS RA were organized discussions among young scientists and PhD students. Then, from June 30 to July 4 the NAS RA hosted "First Scientific ICRANet Meeting in Armenia: Black Holes: the largest energy sources in the Universe". During the conference there were participating more than 80 scientists from Italy, Germany, France, Brazil, Korea, Iran and Armenia.

The conference opening ceremony was attended by the President of NAS RA, academician R. Martirosyan, Academician-Secretary of the Division of Physics and Astrophysics of NAS RA Y. Chilingaryan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of RA G. Nazarian, the Ambassador of Italy to the RA G. Ricciulli, the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the RA E. M. D. Monteiro, the Ambassador of Vatican to RA Monsignor Marek Sozinski.


 
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