Annual conference "Matter and Technologies"

Accelerator and detector specialists meet at FAIR and GSI

Participants of the annual conference. (Photo: Gabi Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung)

The third annual Matter and Technologies conference (“MT meeting”) is being held this week at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future accelerator center FAIR in Darmstadt. Around 180 scientists from all over Germany are attending the event. The Matter and Technologies program was established by the Helmholtz Association in order to emphasize and enhance the key role that technological development plays for accelerators and detectors, and consolidate it in a specific program. Large research infrastructures such as accelerators, radiation sources, and detectors enable scientists from the research field Matter to study fundamental scientific questions regarding the origin and composition of matter.


One of the program’s main aims is to network the Helmholtz centers with one another and with universities. This goal is also be the focus of the meeting in Darmstadt, which includes a workshop and features opportunities for participation in topic-specific meetings and a poster session. The annual conference opened with a welcoming address by the Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock and a presentation about FAIR and GSI by the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Professor Paolo Giubellino.


The Matter and Technologies program is divided into two sections: Accelerator Research and Development (ARD) and Detector Technologies and Systems (DTS). As an important effect the developments often lead to spinoffs in other fields. In detector technologies this is the case for example in medicine or in satellite-based astrophysics.


During the annual meeting at Darmstadt the young scientists associated with the program held the third MT Student Retreat in parallel with the meeting. This meeting enables doctoral candidates to get to know one another and discuss their ideas and possible solutions. More than 40 participants attend the retreat in order to get an impression of the diverse areas covered by the research work in the Matter and Technologies program.

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