FAIR and GSI inform members of the Bundestag in Berlin
"Megaproject aktuell - Realisierung des internationalen Teilchenbeschleunigerzentrums FAIR in Deutschland" was the topic of a parliamentary breakfast in Berlin at 16. January 2019, to which the management of FAIR and GSI had invited in cooperation with Dr. Astrid Mannes, member of the Bundestag of Darmstadt. Numerous members of the Bundestag, employees of the parliamentary offices and speakers from all parliamentary groups accepted the invitation to the event, which was held under the patronage of the former Federal Research Minister Professor Heinz Riesenhuber.
After the welcome by Dr. Astrid Mannes, the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Professor Paolo Giubellino, the Administrative Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Ursula Weyrich, and the Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock, presented the FAIR project. In addition, Dr. Ingo Peter, Head of Press and Public Relations department, also introduced details of the topic.
The FAIR accelerator center (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) is one of the world's largest construction projects for cutting edge international research and is currently being built at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. It will enable scientists from all over the world to explore the universe in the laboratory.
The members of the Bundestag were able to get first-hand information about FAIR and took the opportunity to discuss the unique particle accelerator facility in detail with the FAIR and GSI management. Professor Paolo Giubellino, Ursula Weyrich and Jörg Blaurock answered questions about the current status of the project, provided background information and offered a compact overview of science, structural and technical progress, strategic goals and special challenges and developments at the site in Darmstadt.
The social contribution of the megaproject FAIR was also an important topic. FAIR generates new knowledge for mankind and makes value contributions to society on many levels, whether as a driver of innovation, provider of highly qualified and high quality jobs and in education of young scientists and engineers or in the development of new medical applications and the education of young scientists and engineers. The FAIR and GSI management emphasized: "FAIR will be an important building block for securing the long-term sustainability of Germany as a research location in an international context and at the same time a strong pillar of our research landscape in global competition. A central challenge of modern research is to think ahead over long periods of time. FAIR will not only be built for the coming years, but for the coming decades."
Dr. Astrid Mannes, who has a focus of her work as member of the Bundesausschuss für Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung (Federal Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment), was pleased about the visit of the representatives of the Darmstadt research institution to Berlin. "It is good when research institutions that receive public funding present themselves directly to politicians. In addition, the topics addressed are of great importance. It was therefore valuable and important for the members of parliament present to receive background information on the major scientific project," said the member of the Bundestag. (BP)