Japanese Minister Dr. Keitaro Ohno visits GSI/FAIR


Recently, GSI/FAIR were honored to receive a Japanese delegation headed by Dr. Keitaro Ohno, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs. The guests visited to learn about research on campus, experiments lead by Japanese scientists, and the construction project for the international particle accelerator FAIR. They also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the RIKEN science center.

Following a welcome and an introductory talk about GSI/FAIR by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Ohno was then given an insight into the research facilities and infrastructure. In particular, existing collaborations with Japanese research institutions and ongoing experiments lead by Japanese scientists played a major role. The minister had the opportunity to meet many of the Japanese researchers currently working at GSI/FAIR.

In the Green IT Cube computing center, which is particularly energy-efficient due to its innovative water-cooling system for the computer racks, he learned about high-performance computing, experiment simulations, data analysis and sustainable computing. Afterwards, he visited the WASA experiment setup at the existing GSI fragment separator, which was installed and commissioned in cooperation with Japanese scientists during the recent months on the occasion of current measurements within the FAIR Phase 0 experiments. At the Experimental Storage Ring ESR, he learned more about atomic physics research headed by Japanese researchers in the framework of the ILIMA collaboration at FAIR.

On a bus tour of the construction site and a walk-through of the SIS100 accelerator tunnel, Ohno also was informed about the FAIR project and the progress of construction. Finally, in a joint video conference with the RIKEN research center, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between RIKEN, GSI and FAIR in the presence of the Minister. (CP)

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