Dr. John Marburger visits DESY

On Monday, March 10 2003, Dr. John Marburger, Director of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, visited the research center DESY in Hamburg.

Dr. Marburger

From left to right: Dr. John Marburger, Susan Elbow, Albrecht Wagner und Hans Weise

The American physicist wanted to inform himself about the status of the TESLA X-ray laser and the TESLA linear collider as well as the international collaboration at DESY. As a scientific advisor of the President of the United States, Dr. Marburger plays a decisive role in the development of the scientific strategy of the country. Dr. Marburger was accompanied by Susan Elbow, American Consul General in Hamburg.

The visiting schedule included an introduction to the DESY program and an inspection of the TESLA test facility. Dr. Marburger informed DESY that his department, together with other decisive partners, is currently working out guidelines for a possible decision making process to build an international linear collider. Moreover, Dr. Marburger met the representatives of some European ministries and research organizations to learn about their ideas concerning organization and financing of a linear collider which is to be realized in a worldwide collaboration.

Dr. Marburger is a physicist, working for many years in science administration, e.g. as the president of the State University of New York in Stony Brook. As a former director of the Brookhaven National Laboratories, he is quite familiar with the DESY research fields. This was his second visit: his first visit to Hamburg was during the construction of the HERA tunnel.