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Around 300 Nuclear Physicists Meet in Darmstadt — GSI and FAIR accelerator center play an outstanding role

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

NuPECC meeting



Around 300 nuclear physicists from around the world are meeting in Darmstadt from January 11 to 13 for an international conference of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC) — an expert committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The three-day event — known as a Town Meeting — has been organized by GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung. The purpose of the conference is to set the long-term course and lay out the Long Range Plan for the future of European nuclear physics, thus marking a key milestone for the next decade.

The Long Range Plan regularly establishes the perspectives and prospects of the European nuclear physics community for the next ten years and beyond. Its contents are presented to the European and national bodies for science funding as planning suggestions. “The Long Range Plan provides the community with an opportunity to formulate how Europe should position itself in order to remain a world leader and competitive in an international context,“ explained Professor Angela Bracco, NuPECC Chair. “GSI and the future FAIR accelerator center play an outstanding role in this effort.“ According to Bracco, the new possibilities for research in Darmstadt are unique and are expected to produce groundbreaking new insights for nuclear research.

Professor Paolo Giubellino, the new Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, since January 1, 2017, will also report on the FAIR project at the Town Meeting, emphasizing the outstanding role played by the Darmstadt location and FAIR/GSI in this area of science. “The FAIR project builds on the excellence of GSI and guarantees a promising future development with outstanding experimental facilities within European research.”

The members of NuPECC come from more than 20 European countries. They represent the European nuclear physics community and important research centers and funding agencies. The tasks of the renowned expert committee include providing the European Science Foundation and other bodies with suggestions and recommendations, and coordinating activities in the fields of nuclear and hadron physics within Europe.

NuPECC meeting
Around 300 nuclear physicists from around the world gather in Darmstadt for the NuPECC meeting.
Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung