Member of the Bundestag Dr. Stefan Kaufmann visits GSI and FAIR


The progress of the FAIR project and the current scientific activities on campus were the central topics during the visit of Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, a member of the Bundestag. The politician comes from Stuttgart and belongs to the CDU party. He is member of the committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the Bundestag and deputy member of the parliamentary budget committee. He was received by Ursula Weyrich, Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Professor Thomas Stöhlker, Deputy Research Director of GSI and FAIR, FAIR Site Manager Harald Hagelskamp and Ingo Peter, the Head of Public Relations.

The politician, who is also member of the Senate of the Helmholtz Association, informed himself about the status of the FAIR construction project, which is one of the largest cutting-edge research projects worldwide, and about previous research successes and the current experiments. After an introductory presentation and opportunity for discussion, he was able to take a close view on the great progress made on the mega construction site FAIR during a tour of the site, from the completed shell construction of the first tunnel segments for the large ring accelerator SIS100 up to the excavation pit for the first of the further large-scale experiments

The visit of Dr. Stefan Kaufmann concluded with a walking tour on the GSI and FAIR Campus, which provided him with an insight into the existing accelerator and research facilities. He visited the test facility for superconducting accelerator magnets, where high-tech components for FAIR are examined, the Experimental Storage Ring ESR and the therapy unit for tumor treatment using carbon ions. It became clear that, in addition to the great construction progress, top research and high-tech developments for the mega-project FAIR are also very active. (BP)