This year, the Christoph Schmelzer Prize was awarded for two doctoral theses: Dr. Sonja Schellhammer from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and Dr. Sebastian Meyer from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich were awarded on November 21 at GSI and FAIR. This prize is awarded annually by the Association for the Promotion of Tumor Therapy with Heavy Ions e.V. for outstanding master's and doctoral theses in the field of tumor therapy with ion beams.
The energy-efficient high-performance computer center "Green IT Cube" and the progress of the FAIR project were the central themes of the visit of the Hessian politicians Martina Feldmayer, Kaya Kinkel and Ursula auf der Heide from Bündnis 90/DieGrünen at GSI and FAIR. They were received by Dr. Thorsten Kollegger, the Head of the IT Department of GSI and FAIR, and Dr. Ingo Peter, the Head of Public Relations of GSI and FAIR.
A study that takes a novel approach to the search for dark matter has been performed by the BASE Collaboration at CERN working together with a team at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). For the first time the researchers are exploring how dark matter influences antimatter instead of standard matter. Their findings are now published in the latest edition of eminent scientific journal Nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.