The new accelerator facility FAIR is under construction at GSI. Learn more.


GSI is member of


Funded by




25.10.2012 | Horst Stöcker Begins Second Term As Scientific Director of GSI

Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Prof. Dr. Horst Stöcker


Professor Horst Stöcker will extend his period of service as the Scientific Director of GSI by an additional five years. He is doing so in response to the Supervisory Board's request that he continue his successful work at GSI.

Horst Stöcker has served as the Scientific Director of GSI since August 2007. During this time, GSI cooperated with its partners in Germany and abroad to fulfil the preconditions for the start of construction of the FAIR accelerator centre, which will be linked with the existing GSI accelerator facility. The construction of FAIR, which is now under way, is one of the world's largest projects in the area of basic research in physics. In order to bring together the know-how for the research and development that will be carried out at FAIR, and to ensure a supply of new talent in the areas of science and technology, Horst Stöcker has been actively building networks with universities and research laboratories.

"The greatest challenge during my next term of office will be to work with GSI to do everything that's necessary to complete the construction of FAIR. We intend to intensely network with universities and other research laboratories as we forge ahead with our shared technical and scientific projects. A key aim is to ensure that the experiments can begin as soon as the accelerator facilities at FAIR are commissioned. To celebrate the commissioning of FAIR during my next term of office would be fantastic," says Horst Stöcker. "Another thing that's especially important to me is the reunion of the two companies FAIR and GSI, which are currently separate. Of course it was necessary to separate them because of the construction process, but in the future we want to reunite them, because they belong together."

Approximately 3,000 scientists from more than 40 countries are already working on the planning of FAIR’s experimentation and accelerator facilities. The facility will provide antiproton and ion beams of an intensity and quality that have never before been attained. In the final phase of expansion, FAIR will consist of eight circular accelerators with a circumference of up to 1,100 metres, two linear accelerators and approximately four kilometres of beamline. The existing GSI accelerators will serve as pre-accelerators. An unprecedented variety of experiments will be possible at FAIR — experiments that will give scientists from all over the world new insights into the structure of matter and the development of the universe since the Big Bang.

Horst Stöcker studied physics, mathematics and chemistry at Goethe University in Frankfurt. After receiving his doctorate in 1979, he worked as a guest researcher in Berkeley. He was then appointed to a professorship at Michigan State University and at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in Michigan. In 1985 he was appointed to a professorship in theoretical physics at Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he was also elected Vice President three times. Since 2004 he has held the Judah M. Eisenberg Chair at Goethe University. Since its foundation he is also the Chairman of the Board of Management and a Senior Fellow of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). Since 2008 he has been Vice President of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organization in Germany. His research areas include relativistic heavy ion and elementary particle physics as well as nuclear matter, neutron stars and black holes.

Prof. Dr. Horst Stöcker
Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung