Members of the German Bundestag visiting GSI and FAIR


Members of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, as well as their coworkers and guests, recently visited GSI and FAIR. They were informed about current research topics, infrastructures and the future accelerator center FAIR, which is currently under construction at GSI. The guests were welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Markus Jaeger, Deputy Administrative Managing Directorate GSI and FAIR, Dr. Ingo Peter, Head of Public Relations Department GSI and FAIR, and Jan Regler, Chairman of Works Council GSI and FAIR.

The visit was part of a summer meeting of the SPD Parliamentary Group in Wiesbaden, which also included information tours to various companies and top sites in the region. On the GSI and FAIR campus, the political visitors gained insights into the scientific successes and current status of the FAIR project, one of the largest construction projects for cutting-edge research worldwide and at the same time a strong pillar of the German and European research landscape in global competition. They got a compact overview of science, structural and technical progress, and the development at the site in the heart of the Rhine-Main region.

The program also offered a tour of the GSI campus and an overview of the FAIR construction site. The guests visited the linear accelerator UNILAC, which Dr. Hartmut Vormann explained, the experiment HADES, which was developed in international research cooperation, and the therapy unit for tumor treatment with heavy ions. From the viewing platform, the guests were given an overview of the entire FAIR construction site. They were able to take a direct look at the work in progress on the 20-hectare area.

The FAIR project is rated by experts as a top international science project for decades, offering world class opportunities and outstanding potential for groundbreaking discoveries. FAIR makes value contributions to society on many levels, whether as a driver of innovation, provider of highly qualified jobs and in education of young scientists and engineers or in the development of new medical applications. (BP)