Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM)—Pioneer for successful cooperations between Helmholtz Association and universities
News on the basis of the press release of the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture, Rhineland-Palatinate, 21st June 2016
Today the Minister of Science Konrad Wolf, the president of the Helmholtz Association Otmar Wiestler, the vice president for research of the Johannes Gutenberg University Wolfgang Hofmeister and the Scientific Director of GSI Karlheinz Langanke visited the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the research building "Structure, Symmetry and Stability of Matter and Antimatter" which are located on the university's campus close to the institutes for nuclear physics, physics and nuclear chemistry.
Seven years ago the first Helmholtz Institute in Germany, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), was founded. Since then the cooperation between the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz is well-established. Approximately 80 scientists currently work on research concerning structure, symmetry and stability of matter and antimatter.
For science minister Konrad Wolf the HIM has a pioneering role in Germany, and thus a special significance. "Our HIM was the first Helmholtz Institute ever formed. At that time the idea aimed at using the scientific assets of the university for the Helmholtz Association and simultaneously provide the universities in their strategic areas of profile with recognicion and support of the federal government—for the benefit of universities and Helmholtz Association."
The new research building is supported equally with funds of approximately 29 million Euro by the federal and the federal state government.