50 years GSI

In 2019 the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung celebrates its 50th birthday. On 17 december 1969, the former Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung was founded. Here you will find an overview of several activities for the anniversary year.

Festive event

For 30 April 2020 a festive event to celebrate GSI's 50th anniversary was planned. Due to corona virus preventive measures it had to be cancelled.


This is what the campus looked like in the beginning of GSI history 50 years ago. In this interactive image gallery you can see the changes that took place in 50 years of GSI.


Anniversary timeline from 1969 until 2019 "50 years GSI"

The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. During the decades, GSI has developed from a national research institute with worldwide collaborations into an international campus. With the international FAIR accelerator center, in which GSI is the German and also the main shareholder, people from all over the world will carry out cutting-edge research for decades to come. We have compiled the highlights of the GSI history until 2019. Join us on a journey through time, click your way through 50 years of GSI, and take a look into the future of FAIR.

Exhibition "50 Jahre GSI – Lieblingsbilder und Erinnerungen"

The anniversary celebrations included two very special activities: On the one hand, the ten favorite photos from five decades of GSI history were chosen. On the other hand, the current and former employees had the opportunity to submit their personal memories of their time at GSI as a short story. The results can now be seen in the public exhibition "50 Jahre GSI – Lieblingsbilder und Erinnerungen". Please note: The content will be displayed in German.

The exhibition will take place in the foyer of the Konferenz- und Bürogebäude West (KBW) on the GSI/FAIR Campus, Planckstraße 1, 64291 Darmstadt, Germany, and will be open from November 15 to December 20, 2019 from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 4 pm. External guests are requested to bring an identification document with them for admission to the campus.

Anniversary advent calendar — Sold out!

The anniversary Advent calendar, filled with delicious Lindor chocolate balls, sweetens the wait for Christmas. It is decorated with photo motifs from the areas of research and accelerators.

The advent calendar is already sold out.


50 years, 50 pictures — Our favorite photos

Almost 500 participants have selected their favorite photos out of 50 pictures from five decades of GSI history. Take a look at our Top 10 of the pictures with the most votes.

Your memories

The  celebrations for the 50th anniverary of GSI included a very special activity: The current and former employees had the opportunity to submit their personal memories of their time at GSI as a short story. In a partly serious and partly humorous way, they portray events, encounters, successes and the overarching cooperation in the various fields of work on the campus and thus represent a lived culture of scientific exchange and joint commitment.

Special editions - 50 years of GSI - in the shop

For the 50th anniversaryof GSI we offer various special editions in our GSI shop.

Anniversary program of the public lecture series "Wissenschaft für Alle"

Not only GSI celebrates 50 years of existence, also the periodic table of the elements has its 150th birthday. Hence, our anniversary program of the public lectures series "Wissenschaft für Alle" in the year 2019 focused on the periodic table and the six elements discovered at GSI with a talk for each one of them. A contribution on the hitherto achieved scientific highlights of GSI was also an integral part: Anniversary program 2019. Further information and the current program can be found on the website of "Wissenschaft für Alle" (German only).

Photo Calendar for 2019 — 50 years GSI

To celebrate the anniversary we designed a photo calendar. This calendar is free of charge.

For employees

Employees of GSI and FAIR can pick up their copy at the GSI print shop.

Please note: To make sure that everyone gets a calendar, we only hand out two copies per person.

For external parties

500 calendars are reserved for shipping. If you would like to get a copy, please send your adresse to fotokalender(at)gsi.de. Please note: Due to the shipping costs we can only send the calendar to adresses in Germany! Only as long as supplies last.