Akademgorodok is unique in its location in the center of a beautiful birch and pine forest and on the shore of the Ob Sea, a man-made reservoir on the great Siberian river Ob. The town population currently stands at over 100,000. 40 research institutes are located within Akademgorodok. There are Novosibirsk State University (NSU), Agricultural Academy, Medical Academy, housing blocks and cottages as well as a variety of community amenities including stores, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and cafes, cinemas, clubs and libraries. More information about Akademgorodok you can get on the website http://www.novosibirskguide.com/Akademgorodok/
The average air temperature range is between +10 - +18C but sometimes it can be rather cold. Guests are kindly suggested to have some warm clothes like sweaters and jackets. Sunshine largely predominates, but rain may occur.
Local Novosibirsk time differs from Greenwich Mean Time +6 hours (Moscow Time +3 hours).
Currency and banking
There are a lot banks, branches of banks and cash dispensers in Akademgorodok.
Please note that all service (hotel, meals, etc.) in Russia can be paid Russian rubles only. 24-h-ATM operating with VISA, Euro Card/Master Card and Cirrus-Maestro card allow cash withdrawals in Russian rubles according to the Bank of Russia exchange rate. Cash exchange is available in the hotel "Zolotaya Dolina" and the banks. Personal cheques are not accepted.
You can obtain US dollars or euro or Russian rubles in cash by your Visa Card and Euro Card/Master Card. You can exchange US dollars or euro in cash for Russian roubles in any local bank.
There are a lot 24-hour supermarkets. Some shops are open from 9.00 am or 10.00 am to 7.00 pm for a whole week.
220 volts, 50 Hz. Two pin round plugs and sockets are the same as in Continental countries of the European Union.
The Siberian Branch, an overview
Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences was established in 1957. The initiative originated from Mikhail Lavrentyev, Sergei Sobolev and Sergei Khristianovich. Mikhail Lavrentyev became its founding chairman. The Siberian Branch incorporates the organizations of the Russian Academy of Science located in Siberia.
The organizations within the Siberian branch include fundamental and applied research institutions and production facilities of the Russian Academy of Sciences and service departments that support the infrastructure of research centers established in multiple locations all over the territory of Siberia.
Research centers are established in Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Kemerovo, Tyumen, and Omsk, individual research institutions are located in Barnaul, Chita, and Kyzyl. The Siberian Branch encompasses 74 research institutions and 13 design bureaus working in different areas of physical, mathematical, chemical, and biological sciences, Earth sciences, humanities and economical science (see the searchable database). The central location of the Siberian Branch is Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk.