President of the Aquitaine visits GSI and FAIR
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, Alain Rousset, President of the French region Aquitaine and Deputy of the French National Assembly, visited GSI and FAIR with a delegation of 13 people. He was accompanied by seven representatives of the State Chancellery of the State of Hessen. In short presentations Professor Horst Stöcker, the scientific director of GSI, and Dr. Ingo Augustin, the head of FAIR's "Staff Office", gave an overview about the GSI research activities and the plans for the future facility. Afterwards involved scientists informed him about the co-operations with Aquitaine.
In a guided tour Rousset visited the main control room and the facility for tumor treatments with heavy ions. He was impressed by the GSI research and commented positively on keeping and enhancing the cooperation between his region and GSI.
GSI collaborates with Aquitaine in the areas of laser and plasma physics as well as biophysics and materials research. A long cooperation exists with the university in Bordeaux: French scientists supported the construction of GSI's PHELIX laser system with components and expertise and are involved in the current experimental program. Also the research center CENBG in Bordeaux-Gradignan conducts experiments about laser excitation of atomic nuclei. Another example is the Microbeam facility. Scientists study DNA repair mechanisms by accelerating single ions onto cell nuclei. Scientific exchange with a comparable facility in Bordeaux exists.