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.

IBER-17 Program

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):


An 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

Call for Proposals:

The deadline for submission of proposals was October 27th.  All submitted proposals have been reviewed by an international expert committee.
The final review panel took place on 11-12th of January 2018 (Noordwijk); see below for the selected proposals.

Oranisation of the IBER-17 prgramm:
Scientific Coordinator | GSI | Marco Durante |+49 6159 71 2009 | M.Durante(at)
Scientific Coordinator | ESA-ESTEC | Jennifer Ngo-Anh |+31 71 565 3728 | Jennifer.Ngo-Anh(at)

  • A new call is expected by Summer 2019

 Approved projects for the IBER 17 programm

February 2018 a list of 12 proposals received a favourable scientific and technic review and were selected for beam time experiments at GSI: here

(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