Parliamentary State Secretary visits FAIR and GSI
Current research activities and the progress of the FAIR project were the focus of the visit of Dr. Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, at the FAIR and GSI Campus. The CDU politician and Member of the Bundestag for the Bergstraße constituency was accompanied by Ministerial Counselor Oda Keppler, Head of Unit at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The guests were welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director, Administrative Managing Director Ursula Weyrich and Technical Managing Director Jörg Blaurock as well as Ingo Peter, Head of Public Relations.
After an introductory presentation about the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the development of the FAIR project, which is currently being constructed at GSI and is one of the largest research projects worldwide, there was an opportunity for discussion with the management of FAIR and GSI. This also included an exchange on the strategic goals for FAIR and GSI, which are the basis of the site's activities.
Afterwards a bus tour led over the FAIR construction site, where the visitors informed themselves about the progresses. These included the shell construction of the large SIS100 ring accelerator and the excavation pits for the transfer building, the central hub for guiding the facility´s beam, and for the CBM experimental site. CBM is one of the four research pillars of the future accelerator center.
The visit was completed by a guided tour of the existing accelerator and research facilities, during which the guests gained the latest up-to-date insights into science on campus. They visited among other things the linear accelerator UNILAC, the facility for ion-based tumor therapy that has been developed at GSI, the large-scale experiment R3B and the large-scale detector HADES – all of them key stations, which will also play an important role for future experiments at FAIR. (BP)