ESA workshop at GSI and FAIR to launch the new experimental program IBER-19
On September 9, 2019, GSI and FAIR hosted a workshop to discuss the results of the previous experiments in the FAIR Phase-0 beam time that took place from February until April of 2019 and to plan the future experiments in 2020. Over 30 investigators from Germany, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic and Romania attended the workshop and presented the results of the experiments, covering cancer risk, central nervous system damage, alterations in heart rhythm, shielding and effects of radiation on ultra-resistant organisms. The next experiments will use protons, carbon and iron ions at very high energy in the FAIR Phase-0 beam time window in 2020.
The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAIR in February 2018 to use the accelerator facilities for space radiation protection. The current plans for moon exploration, already planned in 2024, make this experiments urgent to understand the space radiation risk and find appropriate countermeasures. Within the Memorandum of Understanding, ESA is funding the Investigations on Biological Effects of Radiation (IBER) program that supports European investigators to perform radiobiology experiments at GSI and FAIR on space radiation protection.