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GSI and FAIR to present themselves at “Wissenswerte” in Darmstadt


The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future particle accelerator center FAIR will present cutting-edge research in the area of particle acceleration physics at the “Wissenswerte” (Worth Knowing) dialogue-oriented forum, which will be held at the Darmstadtium congress center in Darmstadt from December 4 to 6. About 400 specialized journalists, science communicators, and researchers will attend the forum, which is Germany’s most important conference for science journalism. GSI and FAIR representatives will make specialized contributions to the conference program, host a major excursion, and staff an exhibition stand of their own. Not only the specialists but also the general public will have an opportunity to visit the GSI and FAIR stand on the second afternoon of the forum.

The city of Darmstadt is organizing an event called “Wissenswerte Digitalstadt” (a digital city worth knowing) that will be open to all from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5. It will be followed by the “Wissenscampus” (knowledge campus) exhibition, which will include the GSI and FAIR stand and will be open to the public until 6:30 p.m. Among other things, GSI and FAIR will present the research opportunities that will be offered at the FAIR particle accelerator center now being constructed at GSI, as well as the construction project itself. The highlights of the presentation will include the best-known results of the scientific research at GSI, such as the development of an innovative cancer therapy using ions and the discovery of six new chemical elements in the periodic table. Visitors to the stand will also be able to simulate the creation of an element in a large-format model — and thus to understand how the new element called “Darmstadtium” was born at GSI. The venue of the “Wissenswerte” forum was named the Darmstadtium after this element.

GSI and FAIR will also play a major role in the conference program, which will give the participating specialists from all over Germany insights into the latest findings of current scientific research. In a moderated discussion, GSI Research Director Professor Karlheinz Langanke and the physicist Dr. Ingo Peter will present the topic “The Universe in the Laboratory — Creating Cosmic Matter in Accelerators.” At the Forum for Young Researchers, the leading young researcher Professor Tetyana Galatyuk will offer insights into the scientific work she is doing at the large-scale detector HADES at GSI.

Finally, on the third day of the event GSI and FAIR will host an excursion for the specialized visitors at “Wissenswerte.” It will include a walking tour of the research campus and a bus tour of the 20-hectare construction site of the new FAIR accelerator facility. This is one of the world’s biggest construction projects for a basic research facility, and it is currently one of the most exciting construction sites in the region. In the future, about 3,000 scientists from all over the world will conduct cutting-edge experiments at FAIR in order to gain new fundamental knowledge about the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe.

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The "Darmstadtium" in the "Darmstadtium".
Visitors to GSI and FAIR will be able to simulate the creation of an element on a model.
One of the best-known results of science at GSI is the discovery of six new chemical elements, including the "Darmstadtium". The Darmstadt Congress Centre is named after this element.
Photo: J. Leroudier/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung