On January 1, 2017, Professor Paolo Giubellino became the first joint scientific managing director of Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR GmbH) and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt. In addition, he has taken over the position of spokesperson of the management of FAIR and GSI. In September, the FAIR Council and the GSI Supervisory Board announced their decision to appoint Giubellino.
The festive inauguration ceremony will be held at the Darmstadtium Congress Center in Darmstadt on March 3, 2017. The guests will include Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Chairman of the GSI Supervisory Board and FAIR Council, Professor Otmar Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association, and various politicians, university representatives, and partners from the international scientific collaborations.
In his role as scientific managing director, the 56-year-old Italian physicist Professor Paolo Giubellino succeeds Professor Boris Sharkov at FAIR and Professor Karlheinz Langanke at GSI. By taking up his new position, Giubellino completes the joint management team of GSI and FAIR. Paolo Giubellino is performing his management tasks for GSI as well as FAIR. This is also the case with the administrative managing director Ursula Weyrich, who was appointed in late 2014, and the technical managing director Jörg Blaurock, who was appointed in early 2016. Weyrich and Blaurock look forward to working together with Giubellino. Their aim is to conduct cutting-edge research at the existing facility and to complete the future FAIR accelerator facility in an international collaboration.
After studying at Turin University and the University of California in Santa Cruz, Giubellino has worked, since 1985, at the Turin section of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, INFN). His research activity has focused primarily on the physics of high-energy heavy ion collisions and the matter produced in them. He took part in many heavy-ion experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Switzerland. Since the early 1990s, he has held several senior positions at CERN’s ALICE experiment. In 2011 Giubellino was elected spokesperson of ALICE at CERN position he held until the end of 2016. He will also become a professor at TU Darmstadt.