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Group photo of the participants of Saturday Morning Physics 2023
On Saturday, December 2, around 120 high-school students from all over Hesse visited the GSI/FAIR campus as part of the “Saturday Morning Physics” lecture series – for the first time on site again since the corona pandemic. In tours of the research facilities, the students gained exciting insights into current physics research, explored the existing GSI particle accelerators, experiments and infrastructure facilities and were informed about the construction of the international accelerator…

Group photo of participants at GSI/FAIR campus.
The annual #ErasmusDays took place recently: During this week of action, the whole of Europe celebrated the Erasmus+ programme, an exchange programme supported by the European Union. GSI and FAIR also took part in the events.

SPARC PhD Award ceremony
Dr. Jonas Sommerfeldt of the Technical University of Braunschweig received this year's PhD Award of the SPARC Collaboration for his work on the Delbrück scattering. The SPARC PhD Award was presented at the SPARC Collaboration Workshop by co-organizer Dr. Carlo Bruno.

Honor for Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger.
Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger, the Scientific Director of the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung has been elected as foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. The election recognizes his research work and his reputation on an international level.

Professor Christian Graeff has been awarded the Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Professor Christian Graeff from GSI’s Biophysics Department has been awarded the highly sought-after Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The prestigious research funding award supports a project to improve tumor therapy with a funding sum in the millions. Christian Graeff will lead this research project as principal investigator and conduct it with a corresponding team. The renowned prize also underlines the outstanding quality of...

Dr. Vivek Maradia, ETH Zürich, Luisa Schweins, University Heidelberg, and Dr. Jonathan Berthold, University Dresden, (from left) receive the Schmelzer Prize 2023.
It was both a tribute to an exceptional lifetime achievement and an encouragement for the next generation of scientists: With a solemn memorial colloquium held at the GSI/FAIR campus in Darmstadt, the GSI Biophysics department paid homage to biophysics Professor Gerhard Kraft, who passed away in March 2023. This event was combined with the annual awarding of the Christoph Schmelzer Prize to three young scientists....

Successful taking of data at ALICE
Completing the first heavy-ion run in five years, it was the turn of lead ion beams to be accelerated and to deliver collisions to the experiments. The nuclei collided with an increased energy of 5.36 TeV per nucleon pair (compared to 5.02 TeV previously) at a rate of up to 50 kHz — more than an order of magnitude larger than what was achieved before. The efforts included the restart of the upgraded ALICE experiment, which has successfully taken data. GSI/FAIR have been involved in the design,…

Dr. Jaroslav Panasenko, University Tübingen (left)
Congratulations to Dr. Jaroslav Panasenko! He was honored with the prestigious industry award "Silicon Science Award" of the CiS Research Institute for Microsensor Technology for his doctoral thesis at the Physics Institute of the University of Tübingen and within the CBM (Compressed Baryonic Matter) experiment. Panasenko wrote the doctoral thesis in the working group "Nuclear Matter under Extreme Conditions" headed by Professor Hans Rudolf Schmidt.

Information booth at the Luisencenter.
On the occasion of the birthday date of the chemical element Darmstadtium, GSI/FAIR presented themselves from November 7 to 9, 2023, with an information booth at the Luisencenter shopping mall in the heart of Darmstadt. The interest was immense and the booth was very well visited on all three days. Two hands-on experiments awaited the guests of all ages, who were able to playfully experience the acceleration process and the fusion of two elements into a new one. Employees were available for…