FAIR draws positive balance after Expo Real
Intensive talks, new contacts, fruitful discussions: FAIR GmbH (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung drew a positive balance following their participation in internationally renowned real estate exhibition Expo Real in Munich, Germany. For three days the construction plans and implementation steps for the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR were presented.
“The future accelerator center FAIR was successfully profiled,” summarized Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI. “The FAIR project generated high interest among exhibition visitors thanks to the facility’s complex construction and the interaction between numerous individual trades that will be required for the upcoming building and civil engineering activities.” During talks at the exhibition booth, Blaurock pointed out that this scientific mega-project could be an impressive addition to a construction company’s portfolio: “We were able to convince potential partners by giving them comprehensive information, meaning that we could make important contacts for future business.”
Klaus Ringsleben, Chairman of the FAIR Building Advisory Committee, was also very happy with the feedback given at Expo Real: “We were able to promote the FAIR project and present it to many decision makers and key players in the construction sector,” he said, adding that Expo Real is the flagship event for the whole sector. “Potential contractors were able to gain information about our scientifically and technically extraordinary construction project and about their own possible participation. We certainly made our mark as a fascinating project.”
Expo Real attracts 40,000 visitors every year and is one of the most important European trade fairs for real estate, construction and location marketing. The FAIR project was presented at the booth of the City of Darmstadt, which in turn was part of the metropolitan region Frankfurt/Rhine-Main. Individual face-to-face appointments were complemented by public panel discussions on realizing the FAIR project and on the importance of science and education as locational factors. Scientific Managing Director of GSI, Prof. Karlheinz Langanke, also gave a keynote speech about the FAIR research program. He emphasized the uniqueness of FAIR as a research accelerator of the future.
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.