Strategic collaboration on FAIR: Scientific partnership of GSI and TU Darmstadt continues
The GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and the Technische Universität Darmstadt are to continue the strategic partnership they began in 2009 on the international research centre FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). One of the project’s main priorities is to promote young researchers. Both parties have signed an agreement that runs until 2021.
GSI and TU Darmstadt provide almost €1.34 million in funding per year, which primarily goes towards paying grants and salaries for PhD students and post-doc positions. The extension agreement between GSI and TU Darmstadt continues the bilateral cooperation agreement that was initiated on 17 December 2009. The strategic collaboration is targeted at research in the field of nuclear and radiation physics, but also at driving progress in materials research, radiation therapy and basic research into ion-beam therapy.
The cooperation agreement is based on a framework agreement from November 2008 on strategic collaboration on the construction and scientific use of FAIR. As well as GSI and TU Darmstadt, further partners include the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) and the universities of Frankfurt, Gießen, Heidelberg and Mainz.
The FAIR accelerator facility, which is under construction at GSI, is one of the world’s largest research projects for basic research in physics. FAIR is an accelerator facility that will produce antiproton and ion beams of unprecedented intensity and quality. The centrepiece of the facility is a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1,100 metres, which is connected to a complex system of storage rings and experimental stations. The existing GSI accelerators will form part of the FAIR facility and serve as pre-accelerators. FAIR enables a wider range of experiments to be conducted than ever before, allowing scientists from all over the world to gain new insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang.