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Professor Gerhard Kraft
Professor Gerhard Kraft, biophysicist and pioneer of modern heavy ion therapy, passed away in Heidelberg on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the age of 81. GSI and FAIR received the news with deep sadness and mourn the loss of one of their most renowned scientists. The initiator and decisive pioneer of tumor therapy with ion beams established the biophysical research department at GSI in the early 1980s, which he headed from 1981 to 2008. For his exceptional merits, especially in cancer research and…

Violeta López López.
The "Artist-in-Science-Residence" program to take place again in 2023: "Kultur einer Digitalstadt", in cooperation with GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) and the Hessian Centre for Artificial Intelligence (hessian.AI), has once again awarded three scholarships for internationally renowned artists. The artistic jury and representatives of the cooperating institutes selected three scholarship holders from a total of 187 applications...

Aerial view of the FAIR construction site.
Following a special meeting (March 9/10), the shareholders of FAIR GmbH today decided on the progress of the FAIR project. Due to the excellent evaluation in the scientific review of the FAIR project, the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Hesse are willing to finance the first construction stage 'First Science' with a supplementary sum of approximately 518 million euros. This means that the foreseen total budget available for the scenario will be approximately 3.3 billion euros.

AI Innovation Lab of the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence (hessian.AI) at the Green IT Cube of GSI.
Hessen's Digital Minister Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus today inaugurated the AI Innovation Lab at the Green IT Cube of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. Funded with approximately 10 million euros, the project serves as a focal point for companies, startups and academia with the central goal of providing access to an AI supercomputing infrastructure.

Group picture taken at the special colloquium.
During this year’s assembly of the FAIR-GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) in the framework of the NUSTAR annual meeting, the presentation of the Young Scientist Award as well as the admission of three new members took place. The FAIR-GENCO Young Scientist Award went to Dr. Daria Kostyleva of GSI/FAIR. On the occasion of the award presentation a special colloquium with the title “A1900, 20 Years of RIB Production” was held by Professor David J. Morrissey, who is a prominent leader in the area…

Group photo with the participants of the signing ceremony.
Recently, representatives of GSI/FAIR participated in the “FAIR Days Czech Republic” hosted by the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The FAIR Days focused on meeting with all stakeholders in the aspirant partner Czech Republic, bringing together scientists, technical experts, industry partners and the funding agency. The aim was also to present the progress of the civil construction and the achievements of the FAIR's precursor program FAIR Phase 0, as well as to inform…

Group photo of the ALICE Masterclass at GSI/FAIR
The Masterclass is back on campus! In February, twenty interested students had again the opportunity to analyze data from the ALICE experiment at the CERN research center in a Masterclass, this time on site at GSI/FAIR. The event was organized by scientists of GSI/FAIR’s ALICE research department.

Group photo of the EURIZON meeting at GSI/FAIR.
On 9th and 10th February 2023, 75 delegates from 27 European institutes met at GSI to participate in the Annual Meeting of the EU-project EURIZON. Another 40 persons joined via video. After a fundamental transformation process triggered by the war of aggression of Russia on Ukraine end of February 2022, EURIZON emerged from the former CREMLINplus project.

Artistic illustration of a kilonova.
When neutron stars collide, they produce an explosion that, contrary to what was believed until recently, is shaped almost like a perfect sphere. Although how this is possible is still a mystery, the discovery may provide a new key to measuring the age of the Universe. The discovery was made by an international collaboration with participation of researchers of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt and led by astrophysicists from the University of Copenhagen. The result…