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


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Calls for tender from throughout Europe for commissions for the construction of FAIR

Funding provided by the German Research Ministry

Picture: ion42 for GSI/FAIR

Photo composition of FAIR and GSI



The realization of the FAIR accelerator center is progressing rapidly. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has approved approximately €200 million in funding for the construction of the FAIR facility. Thanks to the approval of the funding, FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung can now begin to award construction commissions, e.g. for the tunnel of the approximately 1.1-kilometer-long underground ring accelerator, as well as for other buildings and infrastructure measures. Calls for tender have recently been made throughout Europe for the excavation work and the shoring. They will be followed by additional calls for tender. If the tendering process runs smoothly, the construction work could begin in mid-2017.

“We are about to make the worldwide unique FAIR particle accelerator facility a reality in Darmstadt,” says Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI. “Many different trades will work together on the upcoming building construction and civil engineering tasks. In this project, we are creating a very sophisticated building complex, where high-tech systems will be used to conduct cutting-edge international research.”

In addition to issuing calls for tender and making other construction-related preparations, FAIR will present the future accelerator center at the internationally renowned real estate trade fair Expo Real in Munich from October 4 to 6. This trade fair offers FAIR an outstanding opportunity to enter into an intense dialogue with representatives of the construction and real estate sectors. At the fair, potential contractors will be able to gain detailed information about the construction project and the opportunities for participating in it. The FAIR project will be presented at the stand that showcases the “science city” Darmstadt as part of the Frankfurt/Rhein-Main metropolitan region.

Calls for tender for FAIR construction

FAIR at the Expo Real

International Trade Fair for Property and Investment, October 4-6, 2016, Munich

FAIR Stand No.: C1 331

FAIR events at the Expo Real (in German): Metropolarena, Stand No.: C1 334

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:30–3 p.m.
    Panel talk „Megaprojekt aktuell – Der Forschungsbeschleuniger FAIR“
    Moderation: Klaus Ringsleben, Chair FAIR Building Advisory Committee
    Participants: Professor Laura Fabietti, FAIR researcher; Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director FAIR and GSI; Uwe Kreische, head of FAIR construction project management; Kai Otto, director Arge ion42

  • Wednesday, Oktober 5, 2016, 5:30–6 p.m.
    in the framework of "Wissenschaft, Forschung und Entwicklung, Bildung als Standortfaktor"
    Introductory talk "FAIR – der Forschungsbeschleuniger der Zukunft"
    Professor Karlheinz Langanke, Scientific Managing Director GSI
    also present: Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director FAIR and GSI
About FAIR

FAIR will be one of the largest and most complex accelerator facilities in the world. The centerpiece of the facility is a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1,100 meters. Engineers and scientists are working in international partnership to advance new technological developments in a number of areas, – such as information technology and superconductor technology. Around 3,000 scientists from all over the world will be able to conduct top-level research at FAIR. Their outstanding experiments will generate new fundamental insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe.

Alongside Germany, FAIR's shareholders are the countries Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Slovenia. The United Kingdom is an associated partner.

Photo composition of FAIR and GSI
Photo composition of the existing GSI facility (left) and the future FAIR facility (right).
Picture: ion42 for GSI/FAIR