Beams in different application — Lecture series „Wissenschaft für Alle“ of GSI and FAIR continues in hybrid format


The lecture series „Wissenschaft für Alle“ of GSI and FAIR will be continued as a hybrid format in the second half of 2023. Interested parties can either attend the event in the lecture hall of GSI/FAIR following a registration or dial into the broadcast of the event via video conference using an internet-enabled device such as a laptop, cell phone or tablet. The program will begin on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, with a talk by Peter Engels of the city archive Darmstadt on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of Darmstadt’s suburb Wixhausen, to which GSI/FAIR feel strongly connected.

Aided by numerous illustrations, the lecture gives an overview of the history of the settlement Wixhausen from the Bronze Age to the 20th century. The main focus is on the period of the foundation of the village and the first mention, the time of the incorporation into Darmstadt as well as the relations with GSI/FAIR, which have lasted for more than 50 years.

Peter Engels, who comes from Haan in the Rhineland, studied history, Latin and musicology at the University of Cologne, where he passed the state examination in 1987 and received his doctorate in 1990 with a thesis on the history of the Crusades and the Christian reception of Islam in the Middle Ages. After completing his legal clerkship at the State Archives in Münster and at the School of Archives in Marburg, he has been head of the City Archives in Darmstadt since 1993. He is also a member of the Historical Commission for Hesse and has been chairman of the Historical Association for Hesse since 2002, in which capacity he is also responsible for the Stadtlexikon Darmstadt Online, which has been available since the beginning of 2016. He is the author of numerous publications and organizer of many exhibitions on the history of the city of Darmstadt and the state of Hesse.

The additional lectures will focus on beams in various fields of application, for example in the further development of tumor therapy with ion beams in moving organs. Another lecture will shed light on the possibilities of using X-rays generated in the laboratory to gain insights into objects in space. Finally, the last lecture for the year 2023 will deal with the particles that are present in our environment and permanently impact on our bodies.

The lectures start at 2 p. m., further information about registration, access and the course of the event can be found on the event website at

The lecture series “Wissenschaft für Alle” is aimed at all persons interested in current science and research. The lectures report on research and developments at GSI and FAIR, but also on current topics from other fields of science and technology. The aim of the series is to prepare and present the scientific processes in a way that is understandable for laypersons in order to make the research accessible to a broad public. The lectures are held by GSI and FAIR staff members or by external speakers from universities and research institutes. (CP)

Current program:
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 2 p.m.
    850 Jahre Wixhausen – Ein Darmstädter Stadtteil mit Wissenschaftsgeschichte
    Peter Engels, Stadtarchiv Darmstadt
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 2 p.m.
    Die Kunst der Präzision: Wie Strahlentherapie bewegte Tumore trifft
    Lennart Volz, GSI/FAIR
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 2 p.m.
    Röntgen-Astrophysik im Labor (Wie man die Signale heißer Objekte im Weltall entschlüsselt)
    Sonja Bernitt, Helmholtz-Institut Jena
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 2 p.m.
    Quanten mit höchsten Energien – der Mensch unter Dauerbeschuss
    Joachim Enders, Technische Universität Darmstadt