Member of the Bundestag Maja Wallstein visits GSI and FAIR


Maja Wallstein, member of the German Bundestag, recently visited GSI and FAIR. Central topics of her visit were the results of the FAIR review and the current scientific activities on campus. She was welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, the Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Dr. Ulrich Breuer, the Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, and Jörg Blaurock, the Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, as well as Dr. Bettina Lommel, the Head of the Target Laboratory, and Jutta Leroudier from the Public Relations Department. The member of the Bundestag was accompanied by her scientific assistant Jan Cloppenburg and the trainee Karsten Kläge.

Following introductory information about the FAIR project, the campus development, the previous research successes and the current experiments, the SPD politician had the opportunity to visit the research facilities during a tour of the GSI campus. At the linear accelerator UNILAC and the experimental storage ring ESR, scientists provided insights into the functioning of the GSI accelerator facility. Afterwards, the guests visited the therapy unit for cancer therapy, the large experiment HADES, the energy-efficient supercomputing center Green IT Cube as well as the target laboratory, and had the opportunity to talk to researchers on site. 

The guests were given an overview of the activities around FAIR during a visit to the magnet testing facility for cryogenic magnets and the FAIR viewing platform. Afterwards, the guests took a tour of the FAIR construction site and got a close-up view of the construction progress. One highlight was the tour of the underground accelerator tunnel. Other stops on the bus tour included the transfer building, the CBM experiment cave and the buildings for the NUSTAR experiments. Dr. Harald Hagelskamp, the manager of the FAIR construction site, guided the politician through the site.

An open discussion and lively exchange about the activities of the works council with Jan Regler, the chairman of the works council of GSI and FAIR, rounded off the visit to GSI and FAIR, which lasted about five hours in total. (JL)