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GET_INvolved Agreement with South Africa signed

New Internship and Training Programme for South African Graduates

Faiҫal Azaiez and Paolo Giubellino shaking hands in front of a model of the FAIR facility

Dr. Faiҫal Azaiez, Director of iThemba LABS (right) and Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI. (Photo:Pradeep Ghosh for GSI/FAIR)

South African students may now profit from the new GET_INvolved programme which will award scholarships to perform internships and research experience at GSI and FAIR. The respective tri-lateral agreement was now signed by GSI, FAIR and iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS, Cape Town) representatives.


Early-stage researchers from South Africa may soon apply for a scholarship to enable them a research stay of 3 to 6 months at GSI/FAIR Campus in Darmstadt, Germany. At GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research and FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe), the students will work within research projects, mostly connected with the new nuclear and particle physics research facility FAIR, which is being constructed in Darmstadt.


In addition, the students will have the opportunity to participate into lectures, symposia and scientific activities on the common campus of GSI and FAIR.


Professor Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, was very pleased about the agreement: “This year, we will celebrate 50 years of our GSI laboratory, which is proud to work in connection with the scientific community all over the world. With our emerging Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, we are building the foundation for the scientific future in our field, and we seek to inspire young, talented students and scientists from all countries to form the next generation of scientists that will use the exceptional research opportunities FAIR will offer.“


Dr. Clifford Nxomani, Deputy CEO of the South African National Research Foundation, added: “International collaborations are a key element of promoting science in South Africa. We therefore welcome that talented young researchers now have the opportunity to get trained at one of the top labs in the world. This is an important step towards a closer collaboration of iThemba LABS with the future FAIR facility.”


Dr. Faiҫal Azaiez, Director of iThemba LABS, pointed out: “The education of well-trained scientists is a central mission of iThemba LABS. I am very glad that the agreement with GSI and FAIR allows our young students to get involved with the exciting science at one of the premier accelerator laboratories in the world.“ (mbe)



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