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In April, a pilot Masterclass on particle therapy took place at GSI and FAIR, as well as at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the European research center CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. School children with an age distribution spanning from 12 to 17 years were invited to immerse in the world of scientists for a day. At the end of the event they joined a common video conference to share their experiences.
In May, the Wirtschaftssenat of the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft, Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V. (BVMW) visited the FAIR/GSI campus to learn about research, the FAIR project and, in particular, the technologies and innovations available at the location. The group was accompanied by former ESA astronaut Dr. h.c. Thomas Reiter, ESA Interagency Coordinator.
Four universities in Poland and Romania now agreed to become GET_INvolved partners by listing GSI/FAIR as receiving organization for the Erasmus+ scholarship programme. Students and graduates from these universities may now apply for Erasmus+ scholarships using a simplified procedure to enable them an internship, traineeship or research stay at GSI and FAIR in Darmstadt.
An international collaboration including contributions from TU Darmstadt and the ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI) at GSI solved a 50-year-old puzzle that explains why beta decays of atomic nuclei are slower than what is expected based on the beta decay of free neutrons. The findings, published in the scientific journal Nature Physics, fill a long-standing gap in our understanding of beta decay, an important process in nuclear physics applications and in the synthesis of heavy elements in stars.
Professor Hans Feldmeier from the GSI’s Theory research department has been appointed as an “Outstanding Referee” by the American Physical Society (APS). Since 2008 this lifetime award is presented to scientists every year in recognition of their voluntary work as referees who provide peer reviews. The recognition as an Outstanding Referee honors exceptional service in reviewing manuscripts that had been submitted to the journals published by the APS.
The visit of René Röspel and Dr. Jens Zimmermann, both SPD Members of the Bundestag, to GSI and FAIR focused on the progress of the FAIR project and the current scientific activities on campus. The politicians were received by Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Professor Thomas Stöhlker, Deputy Research Director of GSI and FAIR, and Dr. Ingo Peter, Head of Press and Public Relations.
The optimal support of top junior scientists is one of the decisive tasks for research institutions such as GSI and FAIR. An important instrument to achieve this goal is the international FAIR School. It is designed for young PhD students to get an overview on the whole FAIR science program. This summer, the established FAIR School will be held in its sixth edition and is currently open for application.
The shareholders of FAIR GmbH had decided in 2015 to have the project re-evaluated in the spring of 2019. The international committee of experts charged of the evaluation has now presented its final report to the shareholders of FAIR GmbH. In addition to scientific and technical aspects, the experts also analyzed the currently foreseeable increase in the cost of the project as well as time delays and in-kind services provided by international partners and other risks.
A next milestone has been achieved for the FAIR accelerator center, currently one of the largest construction projects for research. The first tunnel segment of the central ring accelerator SIS100 is completed in its shell construction. On this occasion, the management board of GSI and FAIR together with a team of responsible employees took a joint on-site inspection of the SIS100 construction site area.