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Photo: Udo Kurilla, GSI
For his doctoral thesis at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen Dr. Mustafa Schmidt has received the Panda PhD Prize 2018. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI.

Photo: G. Otto, GSI
A delegation of 20 high-ranking members of the physics class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences visited the research facilities of FAIR and GSI last week. Following a welcome by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, the group gained insight into the existing accelerators and experiments and the scientific highlights of GSI as well as the plans and the project progress of the future international accelerator center FAIR in an introductory talk.

Photo: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger, Director of the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, receives the renowned Stern Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG). Together with Braun-Munzinger, Professor Johanna Stachel from the University of Heidelberg will also get the award. The two researchers receive the award for their outstanding work on development and further research for the ALICE experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research...

Photo: iThemba LABS
In November the 6th International Conference on Collective Motion in Nuclei under Extreme Conditions (COMEX) took place in Cape Town in the Republic of South Afrika. It was opened by the South African Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who took the opportunity to meet with a delegation of representatives of nuclear physics laboratories from all over the world. The meeting was led by Professor Faïҫal Azaiez, the Director of iThemba LABS, which is a South African...

Photo: CERN
The particle accelerator Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN will end its second running period with a heavy-ion run, colliding lead nuclei (Pb), starting in November. After a subsequent long shutdown, in 2021 the accelerator will resume operation with an increased luminosity. In order to fully benefit from the expected rate of 50,000 Pb-Pb collisions per second, the ALICE experiment is currently upgrading its detectors. The ALICE group at GSI is on the...

Photo: Xinwen Ma
The nuclear physicist Professor Dr. Yuri Litvinov has been awarded the Chinese "Dunhuang Prize". The GSI and FAIR researcher is one of seven laureates to receive the award this year. The awarding ceremony was led by Li Bin, the vice-governor of the Chinese province Gansu.

Photo: G. Scheffler
Following the award for her outstanding internship report by the “Arbeitskreis Schule Wirtschaft Osthessen” in June, Lilly Schönherr was now able to convice the jury on the Hessian state level as well. She won against the competitors from the other regional divisions and received the award for the best internship report in school level “secondary school” in the whole State of Hesse in September 2018 in the Bildungshaus in Bad Nauheim. The award is endowed with a prize money of 100 euro. Lilly...

Photo: I. Peter/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Intense discussions and numerous new contacts — the FAIR construction project’s participation this year in the internationally renowned real estate trade fair Expo Real was once again very successful. The project’s dynamic progress attracted strong interest from professionals and trade fair visitors. Over a period of three days, an extensive presentation of the construction planning and the next steps toward the realization of the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for...

Photo: L. Weitz/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Johannes Bentzien (18) from Erfurt won a special prize in the “Jugend forscht” competition for junior scientists: an internship at the research facilities of GSI and FAIR. In September he spent two weeks on the GSI and FAIR campus getting acquainted with a variety of research areas.