News-Archiv 2012


The Christoph Schmelzer Award 2012 ceremony to Kathrin Frey from Heidelberg University, Sebastian Hild from FH Gießen Friedberg and Christopher Kurz from Heidelberg University will take place on January 17, 2013 at 16:00 Uhr in GSI Lecture Hall (SB1 1.200). Program


Professorship for Corinna Kausch-Blecken Von Schmeling at the Temple University in USA

Dr. Corinna Kausch-Blecken Von Schmeling has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Science Management by the Dean of the College of Science and Technology at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. Dr. Kausch has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Hamburg and works since more than 10 years at GSI. She graduated at the Helmholtz Academy of the Malik Management Center in 2011, and is currently Deputy Director of the Biophysics Department. Dr. Kausch professorship in the prestigious US University lasts until July 2013 and is renewable.


At CNAO, Pavia was the first patient treated with carbon ions. Press release


The Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC), an Expert Committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF), is planning to produce a booklet on "Nuclear Physics in Medicine".

The document will serve to inform the scientific community (beyond the nuclear-physics community), the funding agencies and policy makers, as well as the politicians.

Three different chapters have been identified for the paper: hadrontherapy, imaging and medical radioisotopes.

Prof. Marco Durante (GSI) and Prof. Sydney Gales (IN2P3, France) are the conveners for the hadrontherapy chapters, which will be presented to the NuPECC general assembly in October 2013.


A special course in "Introduction to statistical analysis for experimenters" will be held by Prof. Marco Durante in November. Lectures will be very informal, and students are welcome to propose topics and problems. A tentative calendar is:


Monday 19, 10:30-12:30 - Metrology

Tuesday 20, 9:30-11:30 - Theory of probability

Wednesday 21, 9:30-11:30 - Descriptive statistics

Thursday 22, 9:30-11:30 - Inference statistics

Friday 23, 13:30-15:30 - Correlation and regression


The course is open to everybody, especially to undergraduate and graduate students in biology.


Nicole Averbeck received the Poster Award at the Annual Meeting of the European Radiation Research Society 2012, Vietri sul Mare.


14th Christoph Schmelzer Award

The “Verein zum Förderung der Tumortherapie mit schweren Ionen” ( Association for the Promotion of Ion Therapy) accepts applications for the 14th Christoph Schmelzer Award. The prize in memory of the founder of the GSI laboratory Prof. Christoph Schmelzer, is awarded bi-annually to an outstanding master (or equivalent) thesis discussed in 2011 or 2012 on a topic related to ion beam therapy. The students selected will receive a diploma and a honorarium of 1,000 € during the Annual Meeting of the Association in Darmstadt.


Deadline for application is October 31, 2012


Application should include:


- Cover letter

- Applicant’s CV

- One letter of reference

- Copy of the thesis


Applications should be sent to:


Dr. H. Zeitträger

c/o GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Abteilung Biophysik Planckstraße 1

D-64291 Darmstadt


or by mail to: bio-sekretariat(at)


GSI tests Moon and Mars regolith for future ground stations. NASA plans to send humans to Mars within the next 20 years. On behalf of the European Space Agency ESA the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH tests whether Moon and Mars regolith can be used to build shieldings for ground stations of the astronauts.


The final program of the 10th International Symposium on Chromosomal Aberrations (ISCA10 - Amalfi, Italy, October 19-21, 2012) is online.


A honorary professorship was awarded by the TU Darmstadt (Department of Biology) to Dr. Gisela Taucher-Scholz, head of the DNA Repair research group at GSI Biophysics.


Four students from Italy, Germany, and Turkey, have been selected by the Biophysics group for the HGS-HIRe Summer School 2012. Students will work on projects related to tissue radiobiology, medical physics, and radiation physics.


The article 'Out-of-field dose measurements in a water phantom using different radiotherapy modalities' published in Physics in Medicine and Biology (PMB) has been chosen as a Featured Article.


Alexander Helm has been selected for the 2012 NASA Space Radiation Summer School.


Chiara La Tessa receives 2012 Zeldovich Medal for COSPAR Scientific Commission F. The Zeldovich Medals are given to young scientists who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in their field of research. They are conferred by COSPAR and the Russian Academy of Sciences and honor the memory of the distinguished astrophysicist Academician Yakov B. Zeldovich.


The course Applied Radiobiology from Dr. C. Fournier will start on March 29 at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Department Biotechnology. The lectures will take place every Thursday from 08:30 to 10:00, Room E50 R16.


The first two lectures in the context of Mastermodul Radiation biophysics (TUD) take place on March 5 and April 2, 2012 at the GSI.


The course RADIATION BIOPHYSICS from Prof. M.Durante will start on April 10 at TU Darmstadt. The lectures will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 17:10 to 18:50, Room S207/109.


A research collaboration GREWIS - Genetische Risiken und entzündungshemmende Wirkung von dicht-ionisierender Strahlung - by GSI, TUD, Universities Frankfurt and Erlangen, funded by BMBF, starts on 1 February 2012.