The PANDA Experiment will be one of the key experiments at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) which is under construction and currently being built on the area of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. The central part of FAIR is a synchrotron complex providing intense pulsed ion beams (from p to U). Antiprotons produced by a primary proton beam will then be filled into the High Energy Storage Ring (HESR) which collide with the fixed target inside the PANDA Detector.

The PANDA Collaboration with more than 500 scientist from 19 countries intends to do basic physics research on various topics around the weak and strong forces, exotic states of matter and the structure of hadrons. In order to gather all the necessary information from the antiproton-proton collisions a versatile detector will be build being able to provide precise trajectory reconstruction, energy and momentum measurements and very efficient identification of charged particles.

Prof. Dr. Herbert Löhner (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.
Born in 1947 in Rietberg, Germany, he did his physics studies at the University of Münster and he obtained his PhD in 1978 from that University as well. During his habilitation time he was detached to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US where he worked in the field of ultrarelativistic heavy-ion reactions. In 1988, he started as an associated professor at KVI in Groningen and he became professor in 1993 with a special interest in the field of hadron physics, but also very active in other fields of (applied) physics, such as medical and astroparticle physics. Herbert Löhner is a well-known expert and pusher of state-of-the-art technologies for large-scale experiments. In PANDA, he is well known as one of key players behind the design and readout of the forward end cap of the EMC, a subdetector of PANDA that will likely be the first one completed.
He served in PANDA also in a varietey of committees, boards, as well as in scrutiny and review groups since today and was always focussed 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 June 6, 2018 at the Festive Dinner at the recent PANDA Collaboration Meeting in Stockholm. The laudatory speech was given by Johan Messchendorp (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) who has been working with Herbert Löhner since his PhD in a variety of projects.

Dr. Antje Peters (Photos by: on the left - Udo Kurilla, GSI; on the right- Antje Peters, private) has received the Panda Theory PhD Prize 2018 for her doctoral thesis at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. The award was presented at the most recent Panda Collaboration Meeting in Stockholm by the spokesperson Klaus Peters (GSI/U Frankfurt) and Stefan Leupold (U Uppsala) as the representative of the Panda Theory Advisory Group.

Physicist Antje Peters, 27, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for her dissertation titled "Investigation of heavy-light four-quark systems by means of Lattice QCD". Her doctoral advisor was JProf. Dr. Marc Wagner from the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

The Panda Collaboration has awarded the Theory PhD Prize for the first time in order to honor the best theory dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment and its science program in the last year. Panda will be one of the key experiments of the future accelerator center FAIR. The experiment focuses on antimatter research as well as on various topics related to the weak and the strong force, exotic states of matter, and the structure of hadrons. More than 500 scientists from 20 countries currently work in the Panda Collaboration.

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 Theory PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project and to highlight the importance of cooperation with theory groups.


Prof. Dr. Volker Metag (Photo: Justus Liebig University Gießen) can be regarded as one of the fathers of FAIR and of the future antiproton facility as part of FAIR which we know now as HESR and PANDA for the storage ring and the experiment respectively.

As the former Research Director of GSI, he started already in the middle of the 1990s to shape the eventual future of GSI after SIS18 went in operation. He initiated a couple of working groups, where one of them was dealing with hadron physics, a completely new field at GSI. The first milestone was a “Letter of Intent for a Glue/Charm Factory” in 1999, followed by a “Conceptional Design Report” for the whole facility which was the basis for an evaluation in 2001 and finally the decision in 2003 by the German Science Council (Deutscher Wissenschaftsrat) to realize the project which later got the name FAIR.

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 May 28, 2018 at the Festive Colloquium for his 75th Birthday being held at that day at the Justus Liebig University Gießen. The colloquium was presented by Ulrike Thoma (University Bonn) and the laudatory speech was given by Wolfgang Kühn (University Gießen). Both have been working with Volker Metag for a long time in a variety of projects.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lynen can be regarded as one of the fathers of the future antiproton facility as part of FAIR and with PANDA and HESR being the versatile experiment and the storage ring for the antiprotons respectively. This installation will enable precision and high statistics experiments in the field of the structure, spectroscopy, dynamics and in-media behavior of hadrons.
Starting with a kick-off meeting of the Hadron Physics Study Group in early 1998 he shaped the collaboration, the physics cases and the general layout of the detector which is now in construction for eventual completion by 2023 and with annihilation of the first antiprotons in 2025. Even after his retirement he served for PANDA in the scrutiny process and various detector committees to finalize the TDR of sub-detectors. He is always influential and critical and PANDA owes him very much.
In recognition of his engagement and achievement, 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 was presented by the PANDA Spokesperson on April 10, 2018 at the Festive Colloquium for his 80th Birthday being held at that day at GSI. The colloquium was presented by Concettina Sfienti and the laudatory speech was given by Josef Pochodzalla (both U Mainz). Both have been working with Uli Lynen for a long time at GSI.
(Photo: Gabi Otto, GSI)

As mentioned during the March collaboration meeting we would like to call for excellent photos from the PANDA universe like last year and we start the
2nd PANDA Photo Contest!

This year we have the following three categories:

   Category 1: Meeting

   Category 2: My institution

   Category 3: Electronics

There will be a prize of 100 Euro per winner photo of each(!) category.

The deadline is October 15th, 2018. The prize ceremony will take place during the collaboration meeting in November two weeks after.

You can upload your photos here.

Please send the RAW-files if your camera permits it and please use the maximum resolution and color depth possible for eventual processing. By uploading the file, you give PANDA the right to use the picture for all kind of PR purposes mentioned above. In order to ease bookkeeping please name the file as follows:
Name_First Name_Institute_Title of the
(.xxx being any usual graphics file format like .jpg. If you sent RAW-files like .cr2,.nef or others please provide also a .jpg copy in addition)

Have fun shooting a lot of interesting photos,


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