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Investigations into Biological Effects of Radiation (IBER) Using the GSI Accelerator Facility

GSI is the European facility selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to perform research in biological effects of space radiation. Cosmic radiation poses a major threat to the health of astronauts exploring outer space. In order to study in more detail the biological effects of cosmic radiation and find out solutions for effective radiation protection measures in space, the ESA and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have been cooperating on the research project IBER (Investigations into Biological Effects of Radiation) for almost ten years. The project enables groups of researchers to use the GSI accelerator facilities to study the biological effects of cosmic radiation. The first IBER campaign started in 2008. Now, scientists will have a further opportunity to study this topic at GSI and utilize beam time.


New IBER-17 Program started:

The new IBER (2017) program has been confirmed by ESA and GSI management on July 3rd, 2017. The ESA announcements can be found here (information material, templates for the proposals): AO-17-IBER

Proposals for IBER-17 due: 27.10.2017

The IBER-17 proposal Workshop was held at GSI Darmstadt on Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017. A group of 28 experts of GSI, ESA and other research institutes discussed the usage of beam time at GSI, various project ideas and their feasibility.

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Photo: G. Otto GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Photo: G. Otto GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

(Past) IBER-10 Program:

The European Space Radiation Research Program IBER-10 has been now approved. You will find all the information on this webpage.

ESA – IBER Meetings

  • IBER-17  Proposal Workshop
    GSI, Darmstadt, Germany, 26.9.2017
  • DLR Statusseminar Strahlen- und Astrobiologie
    GSI, Darmstadt, Germany, 15.-17.11.2011
  • 2nd IBER Investigators’ Meeting
    GSI, Darmstadt, Germany, 24.11.2010