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Publication date: 22 June 2018. A. Odincova

June 22, 2018. A marathon Comrades for the distance of 91 km took place in South Africa on June 10, 2018. It has been held since 1921 and is one of the most prestigious ultra marathons in the world. This year, Deputy Director for Development of GC RAS Alena Rybkina took part in it.

The track of Comrades for the ultra marathon distance of 91 km passes through the five hills of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal and starts from Pietermaritzburg with the finish at the stadium of Durban. For the first time Comrades took place on the Day of the Empire on May 24, 1921. With the exception of the war years (1941-1945), the marathon was held annually. This race is recognized as the most massive and prestigious competition. The limit of the distance is 12 hours. In the interval from 11 to 12 hours 80% of the participants of the race finish.

With the result of 7 hours and 26 minutes, which corresponds to the standard of the master of sports, Alena Rybkina won a silver medal and entered the Top 25 women, among more than 20,000 participants. We congratulate Alena Igorevna with this high achievement and wish further victories in life and sport!

July 11, 2018. Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, V. A. Petrov, head of the Geoinformatics Laboratory of IGEM RAS, visited GC RAS. The purpose of the visit was to participate in a working meeting in which A. Gvishiani, Director of the Geophysical Center, A. Soloviev, Deputy Director for Science, A. Rybkina, Deputy Director for Development, and researcher A. Odintsova participated.

July 6-10, 2018. Scientists of the Laboratory of Geoinformatics and Geomagnetic Studies D. V. Peregudov and M. N. Dobrovolsky took part in the joint event – the 26th Extended European Cosmic Ray Symposium and 35th Russian Cosmic Ray Conference. The event was held at the Altai State University (Barnaul, Russia).

July 2-4, 2018. Leading engineer of the Laboratory of Geoinformatics and Geomagnetic Studies of GC RAS A. Grudnev visited "Klimovskaya" observatory (Arkhangelsk region, Klimovskaya village). The main goal of the expedition is to carry out routine preventive works aimed at maintaining the working capacity of geomagnetic equipment, including a scalar magnetometer.

July 4, 2018. Two international scientific organizations - the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) have united in a new union - the International Science Council (ISC). GC RAS represents the interests of Russia in the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), now part of the ISC. IUGG General Secretary Alik T. Ismail-Zade was elected as the chief secretary of the newly formed Council.