GSI/FAIR and Saint Mary's University collaborate in the GET_INvolved Programme


GSI and FAIR in Darmstadt and the Saint Mary's University (SMU) in Halifax, Canada, have signed a mobility program contract to promote academic and research collaboration between the two institutions. The representatives of GSI/FAIR and Saint Mary's University met virtually to ink their commitment to promote exchange and training opportunities for young students and early-stage researchers.

Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray (President and Vice-Chancellor), Dr. Malcolm Butler (Vice-President, Academic and Research), Dr. Adam Sarty (Associate Vice-President, Research), Dr. Lori Francis (Dean of Science), Dr. Ian Short (Chairperson) and Dr. Rituparna Kanungo (Astronomy and Physics Department) represented SMU Halifax. Professor Paolo Giubellino (Scientific Managing Director, Professor Karlheinz Langanke (Research Director), Professor Christoph Scheidenberger (Head of NUSTAR Department) and Dr. Pradeep Ghosh (Program Manager) represented GSI and FAIR.

The aim was also to outline the progress of the civil construction and the achievements of the FAIR's precursor program FAIR Phase 0 and exchange how the scientific collaboration can be ramped up and offer more training and research possibilities to young researchers affiliated with SMU Halifax. During the meeting, Professor Paolo Giubellino introduced the FAIR facility and the current status of the civil construction through an extraordinary time-lapse drone video of the construction site from 2018-2021 to distinguished guests from SMU Halifax in the meeting.

Professor Giubellino said, “We at GSI/FAIR are providing the opportunities for young minds to develop their talent, to get acquainted with advanced technologies and to get trained in an international environment so that they are ready to have an impact to the society at large. Science is made by the people, by brains. Our mission is to give them the opportunities to blossom. I am looking forward to welcome young scientists from SMU Halifax at FAIR”.

Professor Scheidenberger said, “For many years, SMU Halifax, GSI Darmstadt, and TRIUMF Vancouver have had closely aligned research priorities in the fields of nuclear reactions, nuclear structure and accelerator sciences. I’m pleased to learn that SMU Halifax and GSI/FAIR are formalizing their ongoing collaboration and expanding possibilities for mobility in research. The GET_INvolved Partnership agreement will offer more avenues, allowing future leaders to receive more skilled training”.

Dr. Summerby-Murray said, “This new partnership between Saint Mary’s University and our colleagues at GSI/FAIR represents our shared commitment to international research and collaboration. As scholars, we are linked by our desire to create knowledge, to explore frontiers and to demonstrate the significance of discovery and innovation to civil society. Our partnership is built around these shared values and our acknowledgement of the importance of providing opportunities for early-career researchers. Together, we are investing not only in advancing scientific inquiry but in the success of future scholars. I offer my congratulations to everyone involved in the launch of this important collaboration”. (BP)

Further informationen

For more information on the GET_INvolved Programme, interested persons can contact the respective coordinators: Dr. Pradeep Ghosh (GSI and FAIR, and Professor Rituparna Kanungo (Saint Mary’s University,,

About Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University located in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada was founded in 1802 and is a national leader in international and intercultural education. The mission statements of the university include engaging in research and serving the community from the local to the international level. The university is a hub of subatomic physics research in Atlantic Canada. The university’s present nuclear physics research infrastructure is housed at Canada’s particle accelerator center TRIUMF in Vancouver.

About GET_INvolved Programme

The GET-INvolved-Programme provides international students and early-stage researchers from partner institutions with opportunities to perform internships, traineeships and early-stage research experience to get involved in the international FAIR accelerator project while receiving scientific and technical training.