Comprehensive memorandum of understanding signed with GSI/FAIR

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GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany

We are pleased to announce that the University of Liverpool has just signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on research collaboration in scientific domains of mutual interest with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt, Germany.

GSI operates a worldwide leading accelerator facility for research purposes. The facility hosts 1,400 employees, as well as many researchers from universities and research institutes from around the world.

At GSI, FAIR is being built, an international accelerator facility for research with antiprotons and ions. FAIR is one of the world’s largest construction projects for cutting-edge research and was initiated by the scientific community under the leadership of GSI experts. About 3,000 scientists from around 50 countries already take part in the development of the experiments and scientific program of FAIR. This new facility is being built around the existing GSI accelerator complex and will provide unprecedented intensities of a large variety of charged particle beams.


GSI/FAIR and the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool have been collaborating on a number of research topics for a long time. This includes R&D into superheavy elements, nuclear structure, low energy antiproton and ion physics, material studies with heavy ions, medical applications of charged particle beams, normal and superconducting accelerator techniques, beam instrumentation and sensors, as well as accelerator design, control and optimisation. They have also jointly trained generations of early stage researchers through the European projects DITANET, oPAC, OMA and AVA.

Professor Carsten Welsch, Head of the Liverpool physics Department, said: “I am very excited about the opportunities that this MoU now offers to our institutions. We have been successfully collaborating with GSI/FAIR for a long time and by intensifying our collaboration, we will open many opportunities for next generation experiments, knowledge and researcher exchange.”