Federal advisory board: Minister appoints GSI researcher Professor Claudia Fournier as deputy chair of the Radiation Protection Commission


The broad expertise of the scientists at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and at the accelerator center FAIR, currently under construction, is in demand. Professor Claudia Fournier from the GSI Biophysics Department has recently been appointed Deputy Chair of the Commission for Radiation Protection by Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke. The committee advises the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) on all issues relating to protection against ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Professor Claudia Fournier heads the research field "Immune system and tissue radiobiology" at GSI and teaches as an honorary professor at Darmstadt University. The radiation biologist is one of the most recognized radiation researchers in Germany. She has been a member of the SSK since 2010. The Commission of Radiation Protection consists of 18 volunteer experts in the field of radiation protection and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as an advisory body to the federal government.

Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, is delighted about the appointment and stressed: “We are very proud of this recognition of the expertise of Professor Claudia Fournier, which once more demonstrates the excellence of out scientists. The most important factor for the success of a scientific center is its human capital. And we are so proud of the outstanding quality of ours."

From 2002 to 2023, Professor Claudia Fournier was a member of the board of the German Radiation Research Socienty (DeGBS). She is also member of the board of the interdisciplinary Competence Network for Radiation Research (KVSF), which was founded in 2007 on the initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as well as a member of the German delegation to the annual UNSCEAR meeting. UNSCEAR is the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. (BP)