President and professor

Armenian President visits DESY in Zeuthen

State visit: Armenia's president Armen Sarkissian paid a visit to DESY in Zeuthen. Image: DESY / Ashley Jones

On 30 November 2018, the President of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, and a delegation of Armenian and local officials visited DESY in Zeuthen. The President was welcomed on the research campus by Brandenburg's State Secretary for International Relations Thomas Kralinski, by Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Directorate, and Christian Stegmann, representative of the DESY Directorate in Zeuthen. After touring through the workshops, experiment halls and the PITZ accelerator, the guest discussed the cooperation between Armenia, Brandenburg and DESY with their hosts. A chat with scientists was also on the agenda – after all the president is also a professor of theoretical physics.

"I am pleased that the President is giving further impetus to the scientific cooperation between our two countries with his visit to DESY in Zeuthen," said State Secretary Kralinksi. The state of Brandenburg maintains close relations with Armenia, particularly in the fields of science, research, culture and education.

Since the 1960s, DESY has been cooperating with Armenia in the fields of accelerators, particle physics and astroparticle physics, also supported by the cooperation with the state of Brandenburg. In recent years, several people from DESY have been attended events in Armenia, e.g. with contributions to the Brandenburg-Armenia-Workshop in 2017, to summer schools and to an open day in 2018.

"DESY has had very friendly and lively research cooperations with Armenian science for over 50 years. We are therefore very pleased that Mr. Sarkissian is visiting our research centre during his several-day stay in Germany," explained DESY Director Helmut Dosch.