Hessian State Secretary Oliver Conz und District President Brigitte Lindscheid visit GSI and FAIR


The Secretary of State in the Hessian Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Oliver Conz, and the District President of the Regional Council Darmstadt, Brigitte Lindscheid, recently visited GSI and FAIR to learn about the progress of the FAIR project and the current scientific activities. The guests were welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Dr. Ulrich Breuer, Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR as well as Dr. Ingo Peter, Head of Public Relations Department of GSI and FAIR. The guests were accompanied by Vice District President Dr. Stefan Fuhrmann, and Dr. Sebastian Huber Unit II 8 in the Hessian Ministry for the Environment (Radiation Protection, Large Accelerators and Emergency Prevention).

After an introductory presentation on the status of the FAIR project, campus development, previous research successes and current experiments, the guests were invited to take a tour to the FAIR construction site and the research facilities at GSI/FAIR. One highlight was the walk-through of the underground ring tunnel for the future ring accelerator SIS100 which will be the heart of the FAIR facility. Furthermore the guests could visit the central transfer building, the crucial hub for the facility’s beamline, which is currently being built over several floors.

Another important focus was on the high-tech components developed specifically for FAIR. The guests were shown the testing hall, where new FAIR components are assembled and tested. The energy-efficient high-performance data center Green IT Cube was also visited. It is one of the leading scientific computing centers in the world, setting new benchmarks in IT technology and energy saving. (BP)