Management change at GSI and FAIR


At July, 1, there is a change in the management of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH). The current Administrative Director Dr Ulrich Breuer has accepted the offer of Goethe University Frankfurt to take over the office of Chancellor. The continuation of the current administrative business at GSI and FAIR is temporarily taken over by the Head of Controlling at GSI and FAIR, Markus Jaeger. The decision process for the reoccupation of the administrative management of GSI and FAIR has been initiated.

The science manager and physicist Dr. Ulrich Breuer has been joint Administrative Director of GSI and FAIR since 2020 and previously worked as Administrative Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). He studied physics and received his doctorate at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. His professional career began in 1991 at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. There he first worked as assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and then in leading positions for many years. In 2005, he changed to the Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin as Administrative Director, where he accompanied the merger with the Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY) and the foundation of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. He operated as its Administrative Director from 2009 to 2011. From 2012 to 2017, he worked as Vice President Economics and Finance of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Subsequently he held the position of the Administrative Director at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, Technical Director of GSI and FAIR, expressed their gratitude to Dr. Ulrich Breuer for his great commitment and for his highly competent work. GSI and FAIR have developed very successfully during Dr. Ulrich Breuer’s term of office. His guiding principle as Administrative Managing Director was a solid financial and personnel planning as well as the effective support of science with tailored infrastructural, administrative and commercial processes. During his term of office, he succeeded in creating the administrative framework that has further advanced the GSI/FAIR campus as well as the FAIR Phase 0 research program and the FAIR construction project in a targeted manner.

His time included, for example, the start of construction for the FAIR Control Center and the opening of the AI Innovation Lab at the High Performance Computing Center Green IT Cube of GSI and FAIR. Dr. Ulrich Breuer led the administration of GSI and FAIR through the challenging developments during the Corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine, always keeping in mind the special requirements of the internationally oriented research institution. (BP)