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Photo: Gabi Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
The construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) has begun. The start of building construction and civil engineering work is a crucial moment for one of the largest construction projects for scientific research worldwide. On July 4, 2017, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the large ring accelerator SIS 100, which will be the key component of the future accelerator facility FAIR. The construction site is located to the northeast of...

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
A royal visitor from Thailand: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand recently visited GSI and FAIR in Darmstadt. During her tour, the princess learned about the latest research activities, the various infrastructures, and the future FAIR accelerator center. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed during the visit in order to promote scientific and technological cooperation between the research institutes of the two countries.

Photo: J. Mai, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
For the first time, a team of researchers under the leadership of TU Darmstadt and with the participation of scientists from the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt has succeeded in measuring the transition between energy levels of the lithium-like ions of bismuth with such precision that it has become possible to reassess underlying theories. This has led to a surprising result. The scientists have now published this result in "Nature Communications": the understanding of...

Photo: C. Grau for GSI
Visitors received an opportunity to be researchers and discoverers for a day on Sunday, May 7, at the Open House event of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future FAIR accelerator center. Finally GSI and FAIR had a positive assessment of the event. Almost 11 000 visitors came to the campus in Darmstadt to view the research stations, laboratories, and experimental setups. GSI and FAIR had opened their doors to guests for eight hours, and thousands of curious visitors,...

Photo: C. Grau for GSI
Offering a first-hand experience of the fascinating world of research — that’s the purpose of the Open House at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future FAIR accelerator center in Darmstadt on Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (admission until 5 p.m.). Visitors can look forward to an exciting program of information and entertainment at numerous locations that will give them an introduction to the research with ion beams that is conducted at the center. On this day,...

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
On Girls’Day, 32 schoolgirls from Grades 5 through 10 had the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work at GSI and FAIR. They took advantage of this future-oriented day to gain an insight into the many activities that are pursued at an international research institution, especially in professions where women have seldom been represented so far.

Image: March for Science
The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Member of the Helmholtz Association, and the FAIR - Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research GmbH jointly support the worldwide initiative “March for Science” on April 22nd, 2017.

Photo: P. Koczon
For the second time the CBM PhD Award was handed over in March. Dr. Maksym Zyzak of GSI received the award for his PhD thesis at the University of Frankfurt. The award was presented during the CBM Collaboration Meeting at GSI by the spokesperson of the award committee Dr. Andrej Kugler. The award is endowed with a prize money of 500 Euros.

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As of now and until May 31, 2017, it is possible to apply for beam time for the years 2018/19 at the GSI and FAIR facilities. This marks the start for the so-called "FAIR-Phase-0", the beginning of the FAIR experimental program. Apart from the GSI accelerators UNILAC, SIS18 and ESR and the existing experiments, also parts of the FAIR instrumentation can be used, e.g. the storage ring CRYRING.