Since 2008 ROSATOM has been creating a network of public outreach centres in locations where nuclear facilities are in operation or under construction. These are multi-purpose communication platforms designed to inform people about the use of nuclear power. Each centre is a cutting-edge multimedia hall offering 3D panoramic projection, computer graphics and stereo sound that make visitors plunge into virtual reality. Visitors are invited to watch a 45-minute film about nuclear power that includes a number of interactive quizzes. The centres hand out booklets, educational literature and souvenirs.
In addition to their regular operating schedule, these centres host a variety of events (conferences, workshops, exhibitions, etc.) for schoolchildren, students, teachers, journalists, public figures, and nuclear industry workers. Admission is free of charge.
With the first centre having opened in Tomsk in 2008, the network currently counts 19 information centres in Russia and abroad that have been visited by over 1 mln people. The centres are located across Russia, in Astana (Kazakhstan) and Minsk (Belarus).