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 450 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. 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,

Call for Nominations

Every year, PANDA awards a prize for the best PhD thesis in PANDA of the last year and we’d like to ask for nominations for this year's prize. The rules are simple:

Who is eligible?
Members of PANDA who have had the oral defense of their PhD thesis during the year preceding the selection are eligible. The thesis may contain work related to other topics/experiments, but the majority of the work in the thesis must be directly connected to PANDA. The thesis advisor can nominate someone who successfully passed the oral defense during the period from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.

And how can nominations be made?
A nomination can be made until July 31, 2018 by submitting the following information to the speaker of the collaboration:

1. A nomination letter in which the content of the thesis and the importance of this work for PANDA is described. This should also motivate why that thesis should be considered as the best one of the selection period from PANDA.

2. The thesis must be made available online on the PANDA webpage, and the URL must be included in the nomination. If it is not allowed to upload the thesis to the PANDA website, then a hard copy of the thesis must be submitted.

3. If the thesis is not written in English, then a (couple page) summary must be provided in English.

4. A copy of a certificate showing the grade achieved by the thesis (and a short description of the grade scale). This certificate should indicate the date of the oral exam. If that is not the case, then some other confirmation of when the oral exam was held must be provided (a letter for the thesis advisor will suffice, if a copy of a formal document is delivered before the September meeting.)

More details of the PhD Prize rules can be found here.

The nomination must be made in writing/email.

Please keep in mind that potential awardees for the PhD Prize need to be present at the GSI Meeting in November for their PhD presentation. Please consider registration and (if necessary) visa application in time for them.

A list of all laureates of the PANDA PhD Prize is provided on our site.

The PANDA collaboration has the pleasure to inform you, that Joachim Stroth (Spokesperson of HADES) on behalf of HADES and Klaus Peters (Spokesperson of PANDA) on behalf of PANDA have jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding between their collaborations for a successful cooperation on the respective FAIR Phase-0 project to the benefit of all involved parties.

Memorandum of Understanding between the PANDA and the HADES collaborations

Purpose of the agreement:

This document regulates the cooperation for joint experiments with the HADES spectrometer in the context of FAIR Phase-0 under participation of the HADES collaboration and a group of members of the PANDA collaboration, herein after called PANDA@HADES. The objective of PANDA@HADES is to participate in selected HADES experiments in the period before the start of the PANDA experiment. The interest of the group is two-fold. First, technology developed for the PANDA detector systems, read-out electronics, software modules etc. can be used and tested under realistic experiment conditions. Second, the group can participate in physics anlaysis and publication of results so to valorize the effort and support by national funding agencies towards a realization of the PANDA project. The HADES collaboration, on the other hand, can strengthen the research program realized with the HADES detector system at FAIR Phase-0 by adding instrumentation, manpower and new ideas. The goal is to identify, execute and analyze joint experiments and so prepare joint publications.

 Starting in 2018, PANDA will award a prize every year for the best theory PhD thesis related to the PANDA experimental program and we would like to ask for nominations for this year's prize. The prize will include the award of 200 euro and will be presented at the PANDA Collaboration meeting in June 2018.

All theoreticians who have passed the oral defense of their PhD thesis between Dec 1, 2016 and Nov 30, 2017 are eligible. The thesis may contain work related to other experiments, but the majority of the work in the thesis must be directly connected to the PANDA physics program. The nomination should be made by the thesis advisor.

Read more information and details about nominations.


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