Dr. Ulrich Breuer is the new Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR


The science manager and physicist Dr. Ulrich Breuer has taken over the position of the Administrative Managing Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) on 15 March 2020. He previously worked as Administrative Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

Together with the Scientific Managing Director Professor Paolo Giubellino and the Technical Managing Director Jörg Blaurock, Dr. Ulrich Breuer will constitute the joint management team of GSI and FAIR. He succeeds Ursula Weyrich, who has changed to the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg as Administrative Director.

“GSI has been a synonym for cutting-edge research with worldwide reputation for decades, and with the future accelerator center FAIR, the international dimensions of research will be expanded in a future-oriented manner. I am looking forward to this responsible task and the opportunity to foster this development", says Dr. Ulrich Breuer. “I am very grateful for the trust placed in me.” He names as the most important goals a solid financial and personnel planning as well as the effective support of science with customized infrastructural and administrative conditions.

His two management colleagues, Professor Paolo Giubellino and Jörg Blaurock, are also looking forward to future cooperation in the management team and emphasize: “Dr. Breuer knows the profession very well and for a long time. He brings with him a broad knowledge of science management as well as of the administrative leadership of large research institutions." The aim is to conduct top-level research at the existing facility and to realize the future accelerator facility FAIR in international cooperation. “The decision in favor of Dr. Breuer is an excellent choice. With his many years of experience we will continue to successfully shape the future of GSI and FAIR together.”

Dr. Ulrich Breuer studied physics and received his doctorate at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. His professional career began in 1991 at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. There he first worked as assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and then in leading positions for many years.

In 2005, he changed to the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin as Administrative Director, where he accompanied the merger with the Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY) and the foundation of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. He operated as its Administrative Director from 2009 to 2011.

From 2012 to 2017, he worked as Vice President Economics and Finance of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Subsequently he held the position of the Administrative Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Until the end of June 2020, Dr. Breuer will continue in his current position at the HZDR in addition to his functions at GSI and FAIR. (BP)