Prof. Dr. Helmut Koch (Photo: Udo Kurilla/GSI) is active in PANDA since the early days and contributed in a countless number of activities to bring the project forward.

He is a driving force in spectroscopy with antiprotons already before the LEAR (Low Energy Antiproton Ring) era when the search for deeply bound proton-antiproton-states, the so called baryonium, was his main field of activity. As the spokesperson of Crystal Barrel at LEAR he led the construction of the detector and shaped the collaboration with his smooth but clear management style. When he moved to the Ruhr-University Bochum, he made this institute the spearhead for PANDA in Germany e.g. by publishing the very first LOI that finally led to the proposal for the FAIR facility as we know it – including the antiproton facility and PANDA. He served in PANDA also in a variety of committees, boards and was always focused to the timely realization of the project with constructive and practical input.

In recognition of his engagement and achievements, the PANDA collaboration awarded to him the "PANDA Honorary Lifetime Membership" for his "Outstanding Service to the PANDA Collaboration and the Field of Hadron Physics".

The certificate and the medal were presented by the PANDA Spokesperson on November 7, 2018 at the Festive Dinner at the recent PANDA Collaboration Meeting in Darmstadt. The laudatory speech was given by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wiedner (Ruhr-University Bochum) who has been working with Helmut Koch since decades.

Klaus Peters from GSI, spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, presented the award to Dr. Mustafa Schmidt (left) at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI in Darmstadt.Dr. Mustafa Schmidt (Photos by: on the left - Udo Kurilla, GSI; on the right- Mustafa Schmidt, private) has received the Panda PhD Prize 2018 for his doctoral thesis "Particle Identification with the Endcap Disc DIRC for PANDA" at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI in Darmstadt.
Physicist Mustafa Schmidt, 33, who worked also for a couple of years in industry before his PhD, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled Particle identification with the Endcap Disc DIRC for PANDA. His doctoral advisor was Prof. Dr. Michael Düren from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.
The Panda Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment. In his dissertation,Mustafa Schmidt Dr. Schmidt studied the Endcap Disc DIRC, a Cherenkov detector that forms one of the main components of the charged particle identification of the Panda detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility.
Candidates for the PhD Prize are nominated by their doctoral advisors. In addition to being directly related to the Panda Experiment, the nominees’ doctoral degrees must have received a rating of “very good” or better. Up to three candidates are shortlisted for the award and can present their dissertations at the Panda Collaboration meeting. The winner is chosen by a committee that is appointed for this task by the Panda Collaboration.
The Panda Collaboration awards the PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project.

During our collaboration meeting in November this year the collaboration board nominated one candidate for the position of our spokesperson and one candidate for the deputy position.

Spokesperson candidate

Klaus Peters, GSI:

Deputy spokesperson candidate

Tord Johansson, Uppsala University:

Have a look at his CV Have a look at his CV

Information on the Procedure

  • The Vote on the PANDA Spokesperson and PANDA Deputy Spokesperson takes place electronically in November and December according to the PANDA Governance Rules.
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Good news for all PANDAs! The "Expert Committee Experiments" (ECE) of FAIR, which is responsible for the technical review of the FAIR experiments, has recommended two more PANDA Technical Design Reports (TDRs). A TDR describes in detail in which way a detector component will work and shows a way how to build it.

Our list of accepted TDRs has been increased by "Technical Design Report for the PANDA Forward Tracker" and "PANDA Forward Time of Flight detector (FToF wall)" to a total of 11 . A "very big thank you" to all who have worked hard to achieve this: System manager Jerzy Smyrski and the groups in Cracow (AGH, UJ, PK), Darmstadt (GSI), Ferrara (INFN) and Giessen (JLU) for the Forward Tracker, which you can see on the picture with the dark background, and system manager Stan Belostotski and the St Petersburg group (PNPI) for the FToF detector, which is shown on the picture with the white background.
Furthermore, two additional TDRs are at the ECE for review, the Luminosity Detector TDR submitted in spring 2016 and the Endcap Disc DIRC TDR submitted in summer 2018.

The first octant of the PANDA Solenoid Magnet yoke is completed at Sibelectrotherm, Novosibirsk, sub-contractor of Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics!

The yoke will consist of an 8-piece barrel, four doors and a support platform with holding frame. It will be approx 6 m x 5 m x 8 m large and the total weight will be about 360 t. In PANDA it will serve as flux return of the 2 Tesla superconducting solenoid magnet and as absorber for the detection of muons. Installation at FAIR is planned to start at the end of 2021.

On the photo from left to right:
Denis Fadeev, head of BINP quality control group;
Evgeniy Pyata, BINP, PANDA Solenoid project leader;
Jost Lühning, GSI, PANDA Lead Engineer;
Lars Schmitt, FAIR/GSI, PANDA Technical Coordinator;
Victor Kravchenko, Sibelectrotherm deputy director.

(Photos: Lars Schmitt)




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