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Germany in FAIR

The Federal Republic of Germany signed the FAIR convention in Wiesbaden on 4 October 2010. Germany provides 70% of the funding. 

The German organisation GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH) is the majority shareholder in FAIR GmbH (with a stake of almost 70%).

GSI is responsible for building and commissioning the FAIR accelerator facility. As well as providing the necessary accelerator components, GSI will also provide technical support for the accelerator and will invest in experimental work at FAIR.

GSI’s budget will also be spent on developing the campus in Darmstadt for the around 3,000 scientists expected to use the FAIR facilities each year.

FAIR GmbH will be responsible for both overground and underground construction and site development work and for subsequent operation of the FAIR accelerator facility upon completion of the build phase.

For over a decade, scientists and engineers at GSI in Darmstadt have been working with an international network of accelerator researchers and experts on the design and development of the new FAIR facility. The decision to construct FAIR was prompted by a recommendation from the German Council of Science and Humanities. This recommendation was subject to international appraisal and confirmed by FAIR’s inclusion in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap. In addition, the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC) recommended FAIR as a top-priority project. By investing in the high-tech FAIR project, the partners aim to strengthen their roles in the global scientific research network. It goes without saying that a project of this magnitude hinges on close international cooperation.

The FAIR accelerator facility will significantly extend the research capabilities of the existing GSI facility, creating opportunities that would not have been possible without the support of FAIR’s international partners.

German representatives to FAIR:


Georg Schütte, State Secretary, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  - Chair of FAIR Council (supra partes)

Volkmar Dietz, BMBF
  - Delegate to FAIR Council

Karlheinz Langanke, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH
  - Delegate to FAIR Council

Oda Keppler, BMBF
  - Delegate to Administrative and Finance Committee (AFC)

Klaus Blaum, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
  - Vice Chair of Joint Scientific Council (FAIR and GSI)

Christine Fey, BMBF
  - Advisor to the German delegation to FAIR Council

Aline Funk, BMBF
  - Advisor to the German delegation to AFC

Ulrike Mattig, Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and  the Arts (HMWK)
  - Advisor to the German delegation to FAIR Council
  - Advisor to the German delegation to AFC

Dieter Prasuhn, Institute for Nuclear Physics at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  - Spokesperson of High Energy Storage Ring (HESR) Consortium

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German research groups are members of the following FAIR collaborations:

  • APPA
  • CBM


Further links to the approximately 100 participating German universities and research institutes can be found at the pages of the FAIR Collaborations.

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