Germany in FAIR



The Federal Republic of Germany signed the FAIR convention in Wiesbaden on 4 October 2010. The entire project will cost €1,262 million (2005 figure), with Germany providing the bulk of the funding. The federal state of Hesse will contribute 10 percent of the overall cost.

The German government and Hesse will also cover additional on-location costs - to stabilise construction terrain for example - to the tune of €95 million (2005 figure).

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 75%).

GSI is responsible for building and commissioning the FAIR accelerator facility. As well as providing the necessary accelerator components costing €219.5 million (€183.7 million from GSI and €35.8 million from Jülich Research Centre), GSI will also provide technical support for the accelerator valued at over €110 million. On top of this, around €25 million will be invested 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:

 

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

Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  - German Delegate to FAIR Council

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Langanke, GSI Helmholzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
  -German Delegate to FAIR Council

Oda Keppler, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Groß, Head of Staff to GSI Scientific Director
  - Delegate from GSI GmbH to Administrative and Finance Committee of FAIR GmbH (AFC)

Christine Fey, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  - Advisor to FAIR Council
  - Advisor to Administrative and Finance Committee of FAIR GmbH (AFC)

Michael Müller, German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  - Advisor to Administrative and Finance Committee of FAIR GmbH (AFC)

Dr. Ulrike Mattig, Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and  the Arts (HMWK)
  - Advisor to FAIR Council
  - Advisor to Administrative and Finance Committee of FAIR GmbH (AFC)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Kester, Head of GSI Accelerator Division
  - Advisor to FAIR Council
  - Chair of FAIR All Accelerator Boards (AAC)
  - Member of In-kind Review Board of FAIR GmbH (IKRB)

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Maier, Institute for Nuclear Physics at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  - Chair of High Energy Storage Ring (HESR) consortium
  - Guest at In-kind Review Board of FAIR GmbH (IKRB)


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