Management change at GSI and FAIR


With the start of new year there is a change in the management of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH).  Ursula Weyrich, the previous Administrative Managing Director, moves to the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg where she takes over as Administrative Director. Markus Jaeger, Head of Controlling at GSI and FAIR, has been entrusted with the current continuation of administrative business. The decision process for the reoccupation of the administrative management of GSI and FAIR has been initiated.

A trained lawyer, Ursula Weyrich, has been the first joint Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR since 2014 and was previously a founding board member of the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn. Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, as well as the GSI Supervisory Board and the FAIR Council thanked Ursula Weyrich for her great commitment and expert work: "GSI and FAIR have developed very successfully during Ursula Weyrich's term of office. Her guiding principle as Administrative Managing Director was to provide frame conditions which allows the GSI/FAIR campus as well as the research operations with the successful launch of the FAIR research program FAIR Phase 0 and the FAIR construction project to unfold.”

During her period in office, for example the new office and canteen building was constructed, the construction for the new car park has begun and the planning for the FAIR Control Center has been started. In addition to the conventional administrative tasks and the strategic campus development, Ursula Weyrich has set the course for a unified overall organization structure for GSI und FAIR. In addition, there were organizational changes in the administration and the infrastructure divisions as well as in the target-oriented development of the overall planning of the project’s financial requirements.

As an expert for administration and finance at GSI and FAIR, Ursula Weyrich with these solid structures has provided an important foundation for the very positive evaluation of the FAIR project, which was presented by a high-ranking international expert committee last year. (BP/IP)