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GET_INvolved Agreement with South Africa signed

Photo: P. Gosh/GSI/FAIR

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South African students may now profit from the new GET_INvolved programme which will award scholarships to perform internships and research experience at GSI and FAIR. The respective tri-lateral agreement was now signed by GSI, FAIR and iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS, Cape Town) representatives.

Early-stage researchers from South Africa may soon apply for a scholarship to enable them a research stay of three to six months at GSI/FAIR Campus. The students will work within research projects, mostly connected with the new accelerator facility FAIR, which is being constructed in Darmstadt. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to participate into lectures, symposia and scientific activities on the common campus of GSI and FAIR.

Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, was very pleased about the agreement: “This year, we will celebrate 50 years of our GSI laboratory, which is proud to work in connection with the scientific community all over the world. With our emerging Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, we are building the foundation for the scientific future in our field, and we seek to inspire young, talented students and scientists from all countries to form the next generation of scientists that will use the exceptional research opportunities FAIR will offer.“

The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) in South Africa is a multidisciplinary research facility that is based on the development, operation and use of particle accelerators and related research equipment. It is sustained by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The facilities provide opportunities for research in subatomic physics, material research, radiobiology, and the research and development of unique radioisotopes for nuclear medicine and industrial applications. In November 2018, the South African Ministry, iThemba LABS and FAIR decided to develop a plan for closer collaboration.  

Dr. Clifford Nxomani, Deputy CEO of the South African National Research Foundation, added about the GET_INvolved Agreement: “International collaborations are a key element of promoting science in South Africa. We therefore welcome that talented young researchers now have the opportunity to get trained at one of the top labs in the world. This is an important step towards a closer collaboration of iThemba LABS with the future FAIR facility.”

Dr. Faiҫal Azaiez, Director of iThemba LABS, pointed out: “The education of well-trained scientists is a central mission of iThemba LABS. I am very glad that the agreement with GSI and FAIR allows our young students to get involved with the exciting science at one of the premier accelerator laboratories in the world.“ (mbe)

Further information:

More about GET_INvolved

More about iThemba LABS

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International relations are important, emphasize Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Director of FAIR and GSI (left) and Dr. Faiҫal Azaiez, Director of iThemba LABS.
Photo: P. Gosh/GSI/FAIR