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scientists from Russia and the CIS new opportunities for international partnerships. Through its political, legal, and financial frameworks, the ISTC contributes to fundamental research, international nonproliferation programs, and innovation and commercialization by linking the demands of international markets with the exceptional pool of scientific talent available in Russian and CIS institutes.

The topic of this workshop falls within one of the most important technology areas of interest to the ISTC, the environment. About 16 percent of ISTC funding of more than $750 million has been devoted to this area, with a number of projects of direct relevance to this workshop.

The most important results of these relevant projects relate to creation of radiological databases, as they are foundations for rehabilitation of sites contaminated with radioactive materials. The following databases were created: conditions in the territory of the former USSR (in the frameworks of ISTC projects 245, 245-2B, 245-2C, 2097), in the seas surrounding the territory of Russia (projects 101, 101-2, 101-3), in the Tobol and Irtysh rivers (near the Mayak Production Association, project 2558), and at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan (projects K-414, K-414-2, K-1125).

Let me wish the participants success in this workshop that is important not only for Russia and the United States but also for other countries faced with the problem of cleaning up sites contaminated with radioactive materials.

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