In cooperation with DESY: Foundation of the “Helmholtz-Institut Jena” (June 2009)

At the memorandum signing ceremony.

The partners signed the memorandum on the foundation of the new “Helmholtz-Institut Jena” (HIJ). (Photo courtesy of: Peter Scheere/FSU)

On June 25, all partners (BMBF, TKM, HGF, and GSI, FSU, DESY) signed the memorandum on the foundation of the “Helmholtz-Institut Jena” (HIJ). This new Helmholtz-Institute with focus on lasers and accelerators investigating extreme states of matter will resume operation as outstation of the GSI in July 2009.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will cover 90% of the funding, as it is the case with all Helmholtz institutes. After a start-up phase this funding will amount to five million Euros per year. The remaining ten percent will be granted by the Free State of Thuringia
('Thüringer Kultusministerium' (TKM)).

“The newly founded institute combines the high competence in high power laser physics of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena with the expertise in accelerator, laser and X-ray technologies of the Helmholtz centres DESY and GSI “, says Professor Dr. Jürgen Mlynek, president of the Helmholtz Association (HGF).
“Also, the expertise of the Friedrich Schiller University in optical lasers in combination with the accelerator-driven X-ray sources at DESY offers unique possibilities for the investigation of e.g. the dynamics of excited states of matter or molecular interaction”, added Professor Dr. Edgar Weckert, DESY director of photon science.

This ensures an intensive collaboration among the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI), the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (FSU), and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY). In future, further partners are expected to join. Founding director of the new “Helmholtz-Institut Jena” with a staff of around 20 - 30 will be Professor Dr. Thomas Stöhlker of GSI.

(...from press release FSU, 25 June 2009)

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