Theoretical and Experimental Problems
9th Russian Gravitational Conference "Theoretical and Experimental Problems
of Relativity and Gravitation", organized by Russian Gravitational Society,
Center for Gravitation and Fundamental Metrology of VNIIMS, Novgorod State
University and Russian People's Friendship University with support of Russian
Ministry of Science and Technological Policy, was held in Novgorod on
June 24-30, 1996. Its program included lectures, original talks and poster
communications, round tables and informal discussions on selected problems.
of Relativity and Gravitation
The cultural program of conference included excursions along historical
places of Novgorod (Novgorod Kremlin, churches and museums of 12th century).
Profs. V.N. Melnikov (Chairman), V.V. Soroka (co-chairman, chairman of the
local organizing committee), Yu.S. Vladimirov (Vice Chairman), M.Yu.
Konstantinov and V.D. Ivashchuk (Scientific Secretaries), M.M. Abdildin
(Kazakhstan), S.N. Bagayev, V.G. Bagrov, A.O. Barvinsky, V.B. Braginsky,
K.A. Bronnikov, I.L. Buchbinder, N.A. Chernikov, E.V. Chubaryan (Armenia),
A.P. Efremov, P.I. Fomin (Ukraina), D.V. Gal'tsov, A.A. Grib, I.M.
Khalatnikov, V.R. Kaigorodov, M.Yu. Khlopov, E.V. Liverts, V.N. Lukash,
V.M. Mostepanenko, P.I. Pronin, V.N. Rudenko, A.A. Starobinsky, G.V.
Shishkin (Byelorussia), V.G. Zhotikov .
List of subjects:
- Problems of classical general relativity and gravitation
- Relativistic astrophysics and cosmology
- Quantum gravity and cosmology
- Observed effects of gravity and cosmology
- Related problems
General Information about Novgorod
Novgorod is situated at the Volkhov river, 6 km from the Ilmen lake,
31 deg. 17' 04" of east longitude, 58 deg. 31' 36" of northern
latitude, 531 km from Moscow, 189 km from St.-Petersburg.
Novgorod is the oldest Russian city. Novgorod grew up on the
waterway "from the Varangians to the Greeks", i.e. from the Baltic to
the Black Sea. The first mention of Novgorod in the chronicle
dates eleven odd centuries back to 859. Novgorod was converted
to Christianity in 989.
The city of Novgorod was the symbol of Russian Lands for foreign
visitors. In the world arena Novgorod was a powerful feudal state.
During the XI-XII Cs. - years of the famous Republic of Novgorod
it was proudly called "Lord Novgorod the Great".
For many centuries the city at the Volkhov used to be the northern
Border-Guard of Russia. Being the biggest medieval center of trade,
handicraft and culture Novgorod was widely known not only in Russia
but in the countries of Western Europe and Arabic East.
The first school in Russia-theological seminary was founded
in Novgorod in the beginning of the XI c. Novgorod is the place where
the birch bark manuscripts of world-wide significance were discovered.
The Holy Place of Novgorod is the Kremlin. St. Sofia's Cathedral is
one of the masterpieces of old Russian architecture and the oldest
building in Novgorod. "The Millennium of Russia" Memorial depicts
the important role Novgorod played in the fate of the Russian native
Now Novgorod is a major cultural and industrial center.
According to the Decree of the Russian Federation Council of Ministers
in the summer of 1993 the Novgorod Polytechnical Institute and the
Novgorod Pedagogical Institute were merged into the Yaroslav-the-Wise
Novgorod State University at which the Conference will be held.
Novgorod is a central place in European part of Russia at the cross
road of several important highways; it is also directly accessible by
train from St. Petersburg and Moscow.
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