A journey of exploration into science: Polish students visit GSI and FAIR


Students from a scientific club at the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science, recently visited GSI and FAIR to learn about the various opportunities in science and technology and gain insight into cutting-edge research at GSI/FAIR.

During their visit, the Polish students also had the opportunity to visit several major research institutions in the region, including the Heidelberg Institute of Technology and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz. The program, arranged by the FAIR-International Cooperations Unit and the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science at the Jagiellonian University, introduced the students to a wide range of scientific disciplines and technological advances. In addition, the guests were able to attend lectures of the International Summer Student Program at GSI/FAIR and gain insights into ongoing research activities and cutting-edge projects in various laboratories and departments on the GSI/FAIR campus.

During a discussion with the Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Jörg Blaurock, the students had the opportunity to exchange ideas and report on their experiences. This exchange of ideas was very valuable for the students and left a lasting impression on their academic pursuits. “As you embark on this journey of exploration, remember that knowledge unlocks endless possibilities. Your visit to GSI and FAIR opens minds to science and technology wonders. Embrace challenges, dream big, and seek answers to the universe's mysteries. Your passion will shape scientific research's future, leaving a profound impact on the world. So, go forth with determination, for the pursuit of knowledge knows no boundaries. Together, let's make a difference“, said Jörg Blaurock.

“Witnessing the students of our Jagiellonian University's Physics Scientific Club engage in this enriching study tour in Germany to GSI and FAIR facility fills me with great pride. Such experiences are not just journeys; they are vital passages that nurture curiosity, broaden intellect, and inspire a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. I am thankful for all the support and insights provided at the facilities in GSI/FAIR though International Cooperations Unit of FAIR/GSI”, said Piotr Salabura, Professor at Jagiellonian University.

The students also gave an extremely positive feedback, PhD student Ania emphasized: “I think it is a common misconception for young people that getting involved with an international research group is achievable only if one is very experienced, has huge knowledge, and that even then it is extremely hard. This is not true for GSI. What people here are showing us is that motivation, curiosity and a passion to learn can easily make one’s dream come true. From the variety of disciplines and experiments, one can find the most suitable and pursue a dream career.”

Poland is one of FAIR's major shareholders and is shaping FAIR's progress in various areas of development and production: For example, Poland contributes profoundly to the HADES detector. Polish know-how has been also pivotal for the development of the electronics for CBM's silicon tracking detector and for the straw tube tracker of PANDA's Forward Detector, as well as for the cryogenic systems in the large accelerator ring SIS100 and in the Super Fragment Separator.

The partnership with Jagiellonian University Krakow lasts since end of the 70’es and is also a link to inspire young minds. During the “FAIR Days” 2021 FAIR/GSI and Jagiellonian University signed a new cooperation agreement (“Memorandum of Understanding”) and an agreement on student and staff mobility within the framework of the GET_INvolved program to further deepen their cooperation. (BP)

About Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University (JU) was founded on 12 May 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great. It is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. Jagiellonian University was nominated by the Minister of Science and Higher Education for international shareholder in FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe) GmbH. The Jagiellonian University has been coordinating and managing Polish participation in the FAIR program since 2010. The Jagiellonian University – Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science – is working on several large projects related to the design of FAIR’s scientific equipment.

About GET_INvolved Programme

The GET_INvolved Programme provides international students and early-stage researchers from partner institutions with opportunities to perform internships, traineeships and early-stage research experience to get involved in the international FAIR accelerator project while receiving scientific and technical training.

Further information

For more information on the GET_INvolved Programme, interested persons can contact the respective coordinators: Dr. Pradeep Ghosh (GSI and FAIR) and Professor Dr. Piotr Salabura (Jagiellonian University)

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