Mexico and the international accelerator centre FAIR launch collaboration
On the occasion of the opening event of the Mexican-German “Nation Years” 2016/2017 hosted by the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and the Federal President Joachim Gauck on 11th April, 2016 in Berlin, the Research and Advanced Studies Center (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City and the FAIR GmbH in Darmstadt have concluded a cooperation agreement. The General Director of CINVESTAV, Dr. José Mustre de León, and the Scientific Director of FAIR, Professor Boris Sharkov, signed the so called memorandum of understanding in the afternoon of 11th April attended by the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruíz Massieu in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Berlin.
In the memorandum FAIR and CINVESTAV declare their intention to further the exchange of scientists between both institutions and to implement joint research and development activities relating to the research facilities planned at FAIR. Thus, technical innovations and socio-economic developments on the basis of equality and for joint benefit are to be promoted beyond research.
The Chair of the FAIR Council, State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, welcomes the participation of CINVESTAV in the science programmes of FAIR: „This is an important step to further promote scientific-technological cooperation between Mexico and Germany, opening the perspective for joint forefront research and technological development at the international FAIR facility in Darmstadt.”
"The scientific exchange and the cooperation with international partners within large promising research projects like FAIR are important elements of the Mexican science policy," said Dr. José Mustre de León, General Director of CINVESTAV. "We look forward to an active dialogue between the Mexican and the FAIR scientists that will be beneficial for both parties. Especially junior scientists will profit from the planned cooperation in research and technology as well as from the cultural exchange."
"We are glad that with CINVESTAV a very renowned science institution from Mexico will collaborate with FAIR," said Professor Boris Sharkov, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR. "Research needs discourse, which furthers new ideas and innovations. The cooperation with our Mexican colleagues will set new impulses for FAIR."
Mexico and Germany have agreed on the realisation of so-called "Nation Years" for 2016/17 to further the knowledge about culture, economy, science and technology in the other country. The scientific cooperation between Germany and Mexico can look back on a long-standing tradition. Already in 1974 a basic agreement on technical and scientific cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Mexican government had been signed.
Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)
FAIR will be one of the largest and most complex accelerator facilities in the world. The existing GSI accelerator facility will be part of FAIR and serve as first acceleration stage. For FAIR engineers and scientists will expedite technological developments in many areas in international cooperation, for example in computer science or in superconductivity techniques. Approximately 3,000 scientists from all over the world will conduct cutting-edge research at FAIR. In unique experiments they will gain new basic insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe.