Opening for joint ESA-FAIR Summer School: Focus on cosmic radiation research


They are the first participants in a new high-quality offer for international young scientists: Currently 15 young researchers from eight countries come together for the first time during the "ESA-FAIR Radiation Summer School" to work intensively on the topic of cosmic radiation. The Summer School for radiation research was jointly established by the European Space Agency ESA and the international accelerator center FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research GmbH), which is currently being built at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung.

Researching cosmic radiation and their effects on humans, electronics and materials is a decisive contribution to the future of human spaceflight, so that astronauts and satellites in space are provided with the best protection during the exploration of our solar system. Furthermore, it also contributes to detailed knowledge about the risks of radiation exposure on Earth.

The Summer School will be held at ESA´s European Space Operations Centre ESOC as well as at the GSI/FAIR campus in Darmstadt in order to train students in basic heavy ion biophysics for space applications, e.g. space radiation detection, monitoring and protection.

The Summer School's top-class scientific program, opened by Thomas Reiter, ESA Interagency Coordinator, and Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, includes lectures from experts in the field, site visits to facilities in Darmstadt and practical training and research opportunities at GSI/FAIR. The participants commute between the two locations ESOC and GSI/FAIR Campus. Among other things, there will be the opportunity to discuss the radiation risk during life and work in space with Marco Durante, Director of the GSI Biophysics Department. At the GSI and FAIR accelerator facilities, the students have the opportunity to participate in experiments and learn more about the research fields of radiation biology, electronic components, materials research, shielding materials and instrument calibration. At the end of the ESA-FAIR Radiation Summer School, participants will take written exams and carry out teamwork, which will be evaluated and rated by the lecturers.

The establishment of the Summer School is a direct result of the close cooperation between ESA and FAIR on cosmic radiation research. The existing GSI accelerator facility already is the only one in Europe that can generate all of the ion beams that occur in our solar system, which range from the lightest one, hydrogen, to the heaviest, uranium. The research opportunities will be expanded even further by the future FAIR accelerator center: FAIR will enable researchers to conduct experiments with an even wider spectrum of particle energies and intensities, and to simulate the composition of cosmic radiation with a precision that no other accelerator facility will be able to match. The proximity to the European Space Operations Centre ESOC in Darmstadt in addition creates ideal conditions for local cooperation in one of the key research fields of the future. (BP)

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