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Thai princess visits GSI and FAIR

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung




A royal visitor from Thailand: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand recently visited GSI and FAIR in Darmstadt. During her tour, the princess learned about the latest research activities, the various infrastructures, and the future FAIR accelerator center. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed during the visit in order to promote scientific and technological cooperation between the research institutes of the two countries.

The management of GSI and FAIR welcomed the princess along with the delegation from Thailand, which included representatives of the country’s scientific and diplomatic communities. After listening to a presentation about GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) accelerator center, the visitors toured the GSI campus and the FAIR construction site. During the tour, the visitors made stops at the Green IT Cube, one of the most modern and efficient high-performance computer centers in the world, the HADES large-scale detector, and the facility for ion-based cancer treatments that have been developed at GSI. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the Thai delegation then learned about the international FAIR project, one of the world’s biggest construction projects for scientific research, and viewed the work that is currently being performed on the 20-hectare construction site next to the GSI campus.

The visit concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding concerning the establishment of a scientific and technological partnership between five Thai universities and scientific institutes on the one hand and GSI and FAIR on the other. Among other things, the MoU encompasses a variety of opportunities for collaboration and information-sharing such as seminars, symposiums, and science meetings. The memorandum will also promote cooperation by means of joint research projects and exchange activities between professors and scientists — particularly young scientists, postdocs, and university students.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is working to promote humanitarian projects and improve education in the Kingdom of Thailand and around the world. She is widely known for her strong interest in science and technology. She has also won numerous awards in Thailand and abroad for her commitment to improving international relations.

Representatives of GSI/FAIR and of Thai research institutions signed a memorandum of understanding in the presence of Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (5. v. l.).
Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung