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team — For his pioneering work in the field of Attosecond Physics, the General Assembly of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) has elected Professor Ferenc Krausz, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and Chair of Experimental Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU Munich), as a foreign member. Founded in 1724 under Tsar Peter the Great in St. Petersburg, the academy is now the most important research organization of the Russian Federation. Since its founding the academy has given this distinction to very outstanding scientists, in recent times for example to Professor Wolfgang Ketterle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA) and Professor Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology, Santa Barbara, USA). »I feel very honoured by this distinction and regard it as a mission to further strengthen the very fruitful scientific cooperation between our countries«, Professor Krausz comments.