Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPGG SB RAS), a federal state-funded academic institution, was established pursuant to the RAS Presidium Resolution of November 22, 2005, providing for a merger of three RAS institutions – Institute of Petroleum Geology, Institute of Geophysics, and Design and Technology Institute for Environmental and Geophysical Instrument Engineering.
IPGG SB RAS succeeds the Institute of Geology and Geophysics (IGG), one of the first academic institutions in Akademgorodok built in close vicinity of Novosibirsk, on the initiative of Academician Mikhail A. Lavrentiev, a distinguished Russian mathematician of the 20th century. Lavrentiev came with the first builders into the virgin forest, lived in a temporary hut, and watched the construction of first buildings and roads. Many people followed him – from established and well-known scientists to recent graduates of the most prestigious universities from Moscow and Leningrad. IGG was founded in 1957 by Academician Andrey A. Trofimuk, a highly reputed scientist and a close associate of M. Lavrentiev.
A.A. Trofimuk persuaded M.A. Lavrentiev that working in Siberia would be a winning situation to many, given "the great prospects of large oil and gas discoveries looming on the horizon". He suggested establishing a research institute that was to become a science center linked up with the development of justifiably considerable resources, and underpinned by academic research with two sciences, geology and geophysics, harnessed together—"which is bound to be advantageous not only for Siberian geology, but for the science of geology in its broader sense", he enthused. The prophecy has come true.
At present, the Institute conducts both fundamental and applied research aimed at solving of top-priority scientific problems and practical issues related to social and economic development of Siberia and of the entire Russian Federation; its main research areas focusing on:
- sedimentary basins: − their formation and structure patterns; the theory of oil generation (naphthide genesis);
- the structure of the Earth's crust and mantle; geophysical fields; active geodynamics; seismology;
- global and regional stratigraphy; biogeochronology and ecosystem changes in the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic history of sedimentary basins;
- oil-gas fields and coal deposits, their distribution; strategic development issues in the fuel-energy complex;
- geophysical and geochemical methods in petroleum prospecting and exploration: the theory, techniques, mathematical support and software, information and measuring systems, tools and equipment.
The Institute consists of four divisions (petroleum geology, stratigraphy and sedimentology, geophysics, and geophysical and geochemical instrument engineering), comprising altogether 35 laboratories, and includes three affiliated branches: West Siberian (Tyumen), Tomsk (Tomsk) and Yamal-Nenets (Nadym) affiliates. IPGG employs more than 700 people in total, among them 300 researchers, three full members and nine corresponding members of RAS, 50 doctors and 140 candidates of sciences (PhD's).
The Institute attends to orders from and participates in scientific and technological cooperation with the leading national oil and gas companies, such as Rosneft, LUKOIL, Gazprom, Surgutneftegaz, Slavneft, Schlumberger Russia, as well with R&D centers, research and academic institutions, and exploration companies. The results of these studies have been published in numerous joint scientific papers, books, and reports.
Booklet "Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS"