Management of GSI and FAIR
Scientific Managing Director Paolo Giubellino
Since January 2017 Paolo Giubellino is Scientific Managing Director of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). Research focus of Paolo Giubellino is the physics of high-energy heavy ion collisions and the matter produced in them. After studying at Turin University and the University of California in Santa Cruz, he took part in many heavy-ion experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Switzerland. Since the early 1990s, he has held several senior positions at CERN’s ALICE experiment. In 2011 Giubellino was appointed Spokesperson of ALICE. He has also worked at the Torino section of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, INFN) since 1985. For his work he has received numerous awards. Among other things, he received the Lise Meitner Prize of the European Physical Society in 2014 as well as the Enrico Fermi Prize, the highest award bestowed by the Italian Physical Society (2013). In 2012 the Italian president awarded him the title of "Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana" for his scientific achievements. In 2016 he was elected into the Academia Europae.
Administrative Managing Director Ursula Weyrich
Since November 2014 Ursula Weyrich is Administrative Managing Director of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) and the Facility of Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). She studied administrative and industrial management and law in Wiesbaden, Mainz and Clermont-Ferrand, completing her legal training in 1998 with the bar examination. She initially worked as a lawyer, focusing on labor, corporate and tax law, before moving to Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as policy officer. There she was responsible, among other things, for the merger of the GMD Research Center Information Technology with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. After a period as the personal assistant to the permanent secretary at the BMBF, in 2006 she became the BMBF head of division, and thus responsible for the Helmholtz Centres in Jülich and Karlsruhe, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), and for the buildup of the fusionexperiment W7-X in Greifswald. Part of her responsibilities also included accompanying the merger of the University of Karlsruhe with the Research Center Karlsruhe to form the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). End of 2008, Ursula Weyrich took over as an administrative founding board member to build a new research center, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association (DZNE) in Bonn.
Technical Managing Director Jörg Blaurock
As of February 2016, Jörg Blaurock is the first joint Technical Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). Prior to this he has been working in international large-scale plant construction for over 20 years, overseeing full planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of large technical facilities worldwide. Jörg Blaurock, born in 1964, studied mechanical engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg during his career as an officer in the Bundeswehr, where he worked until 1994. He went on to work for large scale plant construction firms Uhde GmbH and Lurgi GmbH in the turnkey production of petrochemical industrial plants at various international locations. In 2007 he joined Alstom, today General Electric, where he worked in a number of positions – most recently for General Electric Deutschland GmbH in Stuttgart. There, as Managing Director he was responsible for the turnkey delivery of utility steam generators for electricity-generating fossil-fuel power stations.