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Photo: Udo Kurilla/GSI
Dr. Silke Grieser has been honoured with the Panda PhD Prize 2019 for her doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. She received the award at the most recent PANDA Collaboration Meeting in Darmstadt.

Photo: T. Ernsting, HA Hessen Agentur
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in December 1969. The anniversary celebrations also 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 a public exhibition.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI
Dr. Kristian König has been honored with the FAIR-GSI PhD Award 2019. The annual award is endowed with 1,000 euros by Pfeiffer Vacuum. The award was presented not long ago by Professor Karlheinz Langanke, Research Director of FAIR and GSI, and Daniel Sälzer, Managing Director of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, in the framework of the GSI-FAIR Colloquium.

Photo: G. Otto/GSI
The current and future cooperation between GSI/FAIR and the divisions of the Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP) at Forschungszentrum Jülich was recently the subject of a meeting with representatives of both research institutions on the GSI campus in Darmstadt. The aim was to structure interfaces of existing projects, identify future cooperation projects, generate synergies at the same time and record the results in project profiles.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI
It was one of the greatest successes in fundamental research at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and at the same time a moment that became a landmark in the history of the city of Darmstadt: that 9 November 1994 at 4.39 p.m., when for the first time the chemical element 110 was produced in the GSI particle accelerator. In the meantime, it is named after its place of discovery "darmstadtium".

Photo: G. Otto, GSI
Recently, the Nuclear Physics Board of the European Physical Society (EPS) visited the facilities of FAIR and GSI at its biannual meeting. The Board is the highest body for nuclear physics within the EPS.

Picture: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick/ESO
For the first time, astronomers have identified a chemical element that was freshly formed by the merging of two neutron stars. The underlying mechanism, called the r-process – also known as rapid neutron capture – is considered to be the origin of large quantities of elements heavier than iron. This discovery sheds new light on the mystery of the environments in which this r-process takes place.

Photo: Rathijit Biswas
The status and next steps towards the realization of the CBM experiment – one of the four major research pillars of the future accelerator center FAIR – were the focus of the latest CBM collaboration meeting in India. The meeting with about 100 participants recently took place at the new campus of the Indian FAIR shareholder, the Bose-Institute in Kolkata.

GSI/FAIR/Intermedial Design
How was the periodic table created and do we already know all the elements that exist in the universe? An animated film by GSI and FAIR summarizes the history of the discovery of the elements: from the Ancient World to the creation of new elements at particle accelerator facilities such as GSI and FAIR. The year 2019 is proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year of the Periodic Table, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.