Jörg Blaurock starts second term as Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR


Jörg Blaurock will continue his successful work as Technical Managing Director of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) for the next five years. His second term has begun on February 1, 2021. The FAIR Council and the GSI Supervisory Board have acknowledged his achievements and expressed their wish for him to continue for another term.

“The GSI Supervisory Board, the FAIR Council and I personally are very delighted that Mr. Blaurock has accepted our proposal to serve in this position for another five years. The very good progress in the construction of FAIR in the last years is the result of the great commitment of the employees of GSI and FAIR, but in particular also his personal success. We are convinced that with his leadership the FAIR construction project will be successfully completed,” emphasized Ministerialdirigent Dr. Volkmar Dietz, who is the Chair of the GSI Supervisory Board and the FAIR Council and director in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The personnel decision is also a guarantee for continuity and stable conditions in the GSI and FAIR management: Together with Professor Paolo Giubellino as Scientific Managing Director and Ulrich Breuer as Administrative Managing Director, Jörg Blaurock will continue to form the joint top management of GSI and FAIR. The goal of the management team is to enable cutting-edge research at the existing facility and to realize the future accelerator facility FAIR in international collaboration.

Jörg Blaurock is looking forward to his second term with a lot of energy: "I am very pleased about the trust placed in me and the opportunity to continue to advance and shape the FAIR project." He cites solid, reliable and efficient project implementation and the on-going continuation of execution work as important goals on the way to realizing FAIR.

In the recent years, Jörg Blaurock led the FAIR project, one of the world's largest construction projects for science, through numerous challenging development processes, always keeping in view the special requirements of this extraordinary large construction site. Great progress was made in the north construction field and important stages were completed. The focus was on excavation work, concrete and structural work for crucial buildings such as the large ring accelerator SIS100, the central transfer building and the first experiment for the FAIR research program. Even under difficult corona conditions, the conditions for the progress of the work on the construction site were maintained.

In Jörg Blaurock's second term, further major realization steps are moving into the focus, such as the development of the southern construction field and the technical building equipment. The global high-tech component development for the experiments and the accelerator machine, as well as their implementation and assembly in the buildings, are also a central task for the future. The coming years will thus be dominated by further progress in order to expand even more the excellent development.

Before Jörg Blaurock, born in 1964, took up his position at GSI and FAIR, he has been working in international large-scale plant construction for over 20 years, overseeing full planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of large technical facilities worldwide. He studied mechanical engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg during his career as an officer in the Bundeswehr, where he worked until 1994. He went on to work for large-scale plant construction firms Uhde GmbH and Lurgi GmbH in the turnkey production of petrochemical industrial plants at various international locations. In 2007, he joined Alstom, today General Electric, where he worked in a number of positions – most recently for General Electric Deutschland GmbH in Stuttgart. There, as Managing Director he was responsible for the turnkey delivery of utility steam generators for electricity-generating fossil-fuel power stations. (BP)