Hessian Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts Angelika Dorn visits GSI and FAIR
Angela Dorn, the Hessen State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, recently visited GSI and FAIR. She was welcomed by Ursula Weyrich, Administrative Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, as well as by Research Director Professor Karlheinz Langanke and FAIR Construction Site Manager Harald Hagelskamp. Minister Dorn was accompanied by Dr. Ulrike Mattig, Head of Unit III 5 for non-university research institutions of the ministry, which is responsible for GSI and FAIR. Ulrike Mattig is the representative of the State of Hesse in the FAIR Council and deputy chairperson of the GSI supervisory board.
In an introductory lecture, Minister Dorn received information on the existing accelerator facilities and experiments of GSI as well as on the previous research successes. She also learned more about the planning and construction progress of the international accelerator center FAIR. During a subsequent bus tour of the FAIR construction site, she was able to see the work for herself. On the FAIR/GSI campus, the visit then led her to the treatment center for tumor therapy with carbon ions and to the large-scale detector HADES. The Minister was very interested in the research results and impressed by the unique scientific possibilities and complexity of the FAIR construction project. The Minister commented on Twitter: "When you can only speak in records and the human imagination reaches its limits — the fascination of particle acceleration during a visit including a tour of the construction site". (CP)