GSI/FAIR and Japanese research center RIKEN sign agreement on joint research in nuclear physics


This news is based on a press release by RIKEN CPR.

On June 12, a ceremony was held on the joint campus of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (GSI) and the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) to commemorate the signing of an agreement on collaborative research (Memorandum of Understanding) in the area of nuclear physics. The agreement was made between the Japanese RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR), GSI and FAIR.

Chief Scientist Professor Takehiko Saito of RIKEN CPR has had ongoing collaboration with GSI/FAIR, and it was decided to take this partnership further with the establishment of a joint laboratory. The joint laboratory will be headed by Saito and Professor Christoph Scheidenberger of GSI/FAIR, with the aim of promoting collaborative research and expanding exchanges of researchers, including students.

The agreement also provides for the establishment of new research collaboration between RIKEN and GSI/FAIR, which will be carried out by researchers from three CPR laboratories, the Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Laboratory led by Professor Toshiyuki Azuma, the Meson Science Laboratory led by Professor Masahiko Iwasaki, and the High Energy Nuclear Physics Laboratory led by Takehiko Saito.

The agreement was signed both on-site at GSI/FAIR and online. From GSI and FAIR’s side, Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, participated. From RIKEN’s side, Dr. Shigeo Koyasu, Director of CPR  participated. Additionally, Dr. Keitaro Ohno, State Minister for Cabinet Affairs in charge of Science and Technology Policy and Economic Security, visited GSI and FAIR on the same day and witnessed the signing, expressing his strong support for the cooperative relationship.

“Japanese research institutions in general and RIKEN in particular are strong and very valuable partners for GSI and FAIR. The cooperation with Japan’s highly qualified scientists has been extremely fruitful for us, as demonstrated by the many successful collaborations and research achievements, in the past and in the ongoing FAIR Phase 0 experiments. Many joint projects have been carried on by our scientists both in Japan and here. We hope for an intensified continuation in the future for which the signing of today’s agreement will pave the way”, says Professor Paolo Giubellino.

„Building on the previous joint activities between CPR and GSI, we hope that the signing of this MoU will further advance the collaboration,” added Dr. Shigeo Koyasu. (RIKEN/CP)

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