“FAIR Days Czech Republic”: Hosted by the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Recently, representatives of GSI/FAIR participated in the “FAIR Days Czech Republic” hosted by the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The FAIR Days focused on meeting with all stakeholders in the aspirant partner Czech Republic, bringing together scientists, technical experts, industry partners and the funding agency. The aim was also to present the progress of the civil construction and the achievements of the FAIR's precursor program FAIR Phase 0, as well as to inform about the Czech Republic's participation at FAIR on all fronts (scientific, technical and human resources) and future work plans. At the event, three dedicated Partnership agreements in the framework of the GET_INvolved Programme were signed with GSI/FAIR leading to more opportunities for the training of future scientists and engineers.

The delegation of the FAIR/GSI Management visited Prague and Řež to participate in the “FAIR Days Czech Republic”. The event started with an inauguration of the FAIR Seminar at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague to students and faculty members of the university campus. Scientific Managing Director of GSI/FAIR Professor Paolo Giubellino and Technical Managing Director of GSI/FAIR Jörg Blaurock talked about the scientific content, potential discoveries, new technologies and technical challenges that await us in the construction and operation of this substantial international laboratory. Dr. Pradeep Ghosh, International Cooperations FAIR/GSI, presented the GET_INvolved Programme, enabling the participation of CTU students and researchers in internships and research within FAIR/GSI.

The Scientific Managing Director Professor Paolo Giubellino and other senior scientists participated in the FAIR-CZ Scientific Advisory Committee and reviewed the progress made by the researchers at the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The NPI CAS coordinates the cooperation with FAIR on behalf of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. In parallel to the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting in Prague, the Technical Managing Director Jörg Blaurock, together with Jiri Janosec, Industry Liasion Officer - Czech Republic, and Dr. Pradeep Ghosh visited the Research Center Řež and company Vakuum Praha to meet the stakeholders and informed themselves about the competencies and capabilities available.

At the final session of the two FAIR Days, the joint management of FAIR presented the Project progress and contribution of the Czech Republic to the FAIR project. After that, the representatives from three institutions in the Czech Republic and FAIR/GSI signed three GET_INvolved Programme partnership agreements focused on facilitating the mobility of students, researchers and scientific/technical staff between the two countries. The Nuclear Physics Institute of CAS, represented by the director Ing. Dr. Ondřej Svoboda and by the head of the FAIR-CZ project, Dr. Andrej Kugler, the Czech Technical University in Prague, represented by rector Prof. Dr. Vojtěch Petráček, the Palacký University in Olomouc, represented by Ass. Prof. Dr. Vít Procházka. Prof. Paolo Giubellino and Jörg Blaurock signed on behalf of FAIR and GSI. The agreements focus on joint research projects, dedicated internships as part of the University curricula, and joint training programs. It also encourages collaboration between scientists and researchers from both countries in experiments at FAIR/GSI, fostering opportunities for students and researchers to gain valuable experience, advance their careers, and drive innovation and discovery in both countries. The signing ceremony was also attended by the vice president of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ing. Ilona Müllerová.

Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Czech Republic at FAIR Council, Dr Andrej Kugler from NPI of CAS, said: "These agreements are a major step forward in strengthening the ties between our two countries and promoting collaboration in the fields of education, research and innovation. We are committed to working together to provide opportunities for students and researchers to gain valuable experience and advance their careers."

Professor Vojtěch Petráček, Rector of CTU in Prague, stated: "The Czech Republic has an excellent reputation in particle physics in the world, and the scientists and students of CTU in Prague also have their share in it. We participate in research in practically all major scientific projects around the world, and we are happy to be part of the ambitious FAIR project practically from the beginning."

The Scientific Managing Director of FAIR/GSI, Professor Paolo Giubellino, expressed his excitement about the agreements, stating, “Signing of these partnership agreements is yet another milestone in our long-standing partnership with the Czech Republic. FAIR/GSI is a Talent Factory and we look forward to working together to support the next generation of scientists and researchers and to continue to drive innovation.”

The Technical Managing Director of FAIR/GSI, Jörg Blaurock, stated, “The signing of these agreements is a positive step towards increasing collaboration between the Czech Republic and the International research facility FAIR/GSI in the field of education, research and innovation. It will open up new opportunities for students and researchers to gain valuable experience, advance their careers, and help drive innovation and capacity building in both countries." (BP)

The GET_INvolved Programme

The GET_INvolved Programme at FAIR/GSI currently has a four partner-funded program for the Czech Republic: Nuclear Physics Institute at the Czech Academy of Science, Charles University, Czech Technical University in Prague and Palacký University in Olomouc. More information on the opportunities will soon be made available on the website.

Further information

Press release CAS

Czech Republic as Aspirant Partner of FAIR


CTU Prag

UPOL Olomouc