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It is the entry in a new chapter in hadron physics: In a paper published today in the Journal “Nature”, the ALICE collaboration at the European Research Center CERN describes a technique that opens a door to many new high-precision studies at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the dynamics of the strong force between hadrons. From the beginning, GSI has played a leading role in the construction and scientific program of ALICE, one of the largest experiments at CERN.

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The world has lost an outstanding and devoted scientist, which has left a legacy in science and particularly strengthened GSI and the FAIR project through his staunch support. The GSI/FAIR management is saddened by the news that academician Vladimir Fortov passed away on 29 November 2020 and sends heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

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It is a strong signal for the future: GSI/FAIR and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) are promoting young talents in international cooperation and therefore jointly establish the "International Joint FAIR/GSI-JINR School". Representatives of both institutions have now concluded a corresponding agreement.

Picture: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
As part of corona prevention, GSI and FAIR decided in March to suspend the lectures of the series “Wissenschaft für Alle” until further notice. Since the lecture events can still not be held on the campus, a digital offer is now taking their place. Starting December, the speakers will offer their lectures as video conferences. Interested parties can join in via a dial-in link using a web-enabled device.

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Dr. Antoni Woss has been honoured with the PANDA Theory PhD Prize 2020 for his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge. The award was presented at the most recent Online PANDA Collaboration Meeting. Physicist Antoni Woss received the prize of €200 and a certificate for her dissertation titled "The scattering of spinning hadrons from lattice QCD".

Photo: J. Ordan, CERN
How was the universe created? What are we made of? What does the "world machine" at CERN investigate? These were the questions that science enthusiasts were able to pursue during the “Week of the Particle World” (Woche der Teilchenwelt) from November 2 to 8, 2020. All over Germany, the locations of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt invited visitors to explore research in the field of particle and astroparticle physics. GSI and FAIR also took part in an online Masterclass.

Photos: private / Giovanna Menè
This year, the Christoph Schmelzer Award goes to two young female scientists: The medical physicist Dr. Alina Bendinger from the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ Heidelberg and the engineer Dr. Giorgia Meschini from the biomedical department of the State Polytechnic University in Milan (Politecnico di Milano) receive the prize in recognition of their doctoral theses. With this award, the Association for the Promotion of Tumor Therapy with Heavy Ions e.V. annually honors outstanding master's…

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The popular event series “Saturday Morning Physics” was also held in 2020, but due to the corona pandemic in a purely virtual format. Around 200 high-school students from all over the State of Hesse took the opportunity to participate and gain exciting insights into current physics research. The long-standing series organized by the Technical University of Darmstadt also included the traditional visit of GSI and FAIR on November 21, 2020, this time, however, on video.

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The laser physicist Dr. Jan Rothhardt from the Helmholtz Institute Jena (HI Jena), an institute of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, located on the campus of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena, receives the renowned Röntgen Prize. The prize will be awarded during the digital academic ceremony of the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. The 39-year-old leader of a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group, who works at HI Jena and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena,…