This is the written proceeding for the LEAP 2018 Conference, that was held in Paris.
It will be published in 'Hyperfine interaction'. To be sent before May 16, 2018.
The \PANDA experiment is a core project of the future Facility for
Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) at GSI in Darmstadt. It will investigate
antiproton-proton annihilations on nucleons and nuclei with the aim to explore fundamental
questions in the non-perturbative regime of QCD as the origin of the hadron mass. The multi-purpose
detector is currently under construction. The intense and high quality anti-proton beam will span
the momentum range between 1.5 and 15 GeV/$c$. Properties of hadrons, leptons, and photons in the final states
will be determined with very high precision. A rich physics program including the study of resonances in the charmonium and open charm region, electromagnetic form factors, and hypernuclear physics is planned. The worldwide collaboration gathers today more than 450 physicists from 60 institutions in 19 countries. An overview of the \PANDA experiment is given, focussing on aspects of the physics program that will be investigated as soon as the facility becomes operational.