GSI/FAIR sign Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia


The research institutions GSI and FAIR and Georgia intend to strengthen their scientific cooperation in the future. A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed by Professor Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Georgian Minister of Education and Science, and Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR.

GSI/FAIR have been collaborating with a consortium of Georgian research institutions in the fields of education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 20 years. They participate, for example, in the mutual academic exchange of students and in various scientific projects. Within the framework of the MoU, joint educational and scientific cooperation has been consolidated in the fields of particle physics, hadron therapy, biomedicine, applied research and supercomputing, among others. In the training of young scientists, the successful exchange program is to be continued and expanded with workshops, summer schools and block lectures. Expertise and advice will be provided for the construction of a Georgian Hadron Therapy Center at the Kutaisi International University. The parties will also work together to develop and strengthen existing SMART Labs under the existing Georgian-German Science Bridge (GGSB).

The signing took place during a visit to GSI and FAIR. Minister Chkhenkeli was accompanied by Professor Alexander Tevzadze, the Rector of Kutaisi International University, General Consule Giorgi Tabatadze, as well as Ana Sarishvili of the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science. The delegation, led by Site Manager Dr. Harald Hagelskamp, inspected the progress on the FAIR construction site on a bus tour and walked through the SIS100 tunnel construction as well as the future experimental site for Compressed Baryonic Matter (CBM).

Following the signing of the contract, further discussions on the scientific content was conducted with Professor Thomas Stöhlker, Deputy Research Director of GSI and FAIR, as well as Professor Marco Durante, head of the Biophysics department. The visit was supported by Dr. Pradeep Ghosh, head of the staff unit International Cooperations, Dr. Irakli Keshelashvili from the Detector Lab as well as Berit Paflik of the PR department. (CP)