Million Euro agreement for research signed between GSI and JINR


Intensifying research cooperation, strengthening cutting-edge research and promoting young researchers – these are some of the key goals of the "German-Russian Roadmap for Cooperation in Education, Science, Research and Innovation", which Germany and Russia agreed in December 2018. An important step in this context was the signing of an agreement between the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR).

One of the goals of the German-Russian Roadmap is to expand cooperation at major research infrastructures in Russia. One of the projects identified for this is the instrumentation and scientific usage of the future accelerator complex NICA (Nuclotron-based Ion Collider fAcility), currently being built in Dubna at JINR. The German contributions to this cooperation are financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and handled by GSI. For this purpose, a cooperation agreement between JINR and GSI has been worked out, which has a total volume of about 20 million Euros. It was signed in early February in Moscow during the "Helmholtz Winter Talks 2020", a traditional event for the exchange of views between decision-makers from politics, science and society in Russia and Germany.

The agreement on technical cooperation between GSI and JINR consists of several subprojects: coordination and technical follow-up, stochastic cooling for the NICA collider, silicon tracking system for the NICA experiment BM@N as well as read-out electronics and data acquisition for this experiment, research and development for the superconducting high intensity ion injector Linacs@JINR and finally beam diagnostics and LLRF electronics for linear accelerators. As the next step, the details of these six subprojects are currently being worked out.

Professor Paolo Giubellino, who signed the agreement together with Professor Vladimir Kekelidze, JINR Vice-Director for the NICA science project, said: "I am very pleased about the new cooperation, which can build on an already existing, very solid foundation between our two institutes". The collaboration between GSI and JINR has a long tradition and includes both research at the existing accelerator and experimental facilities of both partners as well as research and development activities for future research infrastructures such as the two accelerator centers FAIR and NICA, which are currently being built at GSI in Darmstadt and at JINR in Dubna. "The agreement offers excellent opportunities to further strengthen our cooperation in the future and to open up promising new perspectives in research and technological innovation”. (BP)