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.



Call for proposal IBER - 19

Investigating biological effects of space radiation (IBER)
European Scientists are invited to apply with experiment proposals to make use of the GSI accelerator facility. The final goal is to address the effect of space radiation, considered a potential ‘show-stopper’ for human exploration of space, on biological systems. Experiments solicited through this opportunity shall make optimal use of the cutting edge facility offered and should address any of the points of the SciSpacE research roadmap.

IBER information package in PDF format.
Proposal submission template in Word format.
Download the Letter of Intent template in Word format.

Important dates:

  •  Letter of Intent due 15.08.2019
  •  Proposal workshop (at GSI, Darmstadt, Germany) 09.09.2019
  •  Proposals due 15.10.2019

Previous IBER Programs

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