The ECFA Winter Newsletter, reporting on the full-day open session of Plenary ECFA, held at CERN and via Zoom on the 19th of November 2021, has been released.
ECFA Detector Research and Development Roadmap
In the 2020 Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, ECFA was mandated to develop a roadmap to balance R&D efforts in Europe, to identify and describe a diversified R&D portfolio that has the largest potential to enhance performance of the particle physics programme in the near and long term. After an extensive expert and community consultation phase the final roadmap was approved by Plenary ECFA in November 2021 and presented to CERN Council in December.
Overall it was very well received, the great value of the roadmap in documenting the status of the field as well as the needs for the future were stressed and the recommendations were supported. It was also stressed that the next important step is the implementation.
The final Roadmap Document as well as a short Synopsis Document are available under this link:
The preparation of the Accelerator and Detector R&D Roadmaps is in full swing. The joint ECFA-EPS session organised at the occasion of the EPS-HEP conference, held online on 30 July 2021, was an important moment to further the discussion. The newsletter reports on the status of these roadmaps, on the recently approved FCC feasibility study and on ongoing Joint ECFA-NuPECC and APPEC activities.
Professor Patricia Conde Muino elected as the new ECFA Secretary
During its plenary meeting on 23 July, Patricia Conde Muino (LIP Lisbon) was appointed as the next Secretary of ECFA, the European Committee for Future Accelerators. For the period from July 2021 to December 2023 she will support the ECFA Chair Karl Jakobs in the day-to-day running of the ECFA activities.
Professor Karl Jakobs elected as the new ECFA chair
During its plenary meeting on 19 November, the election of Karl Jakobs (University of Freiburg) was endorsed as the next chairperson of ECFA, the European Committee for Future Accelerators. On 1 January 2021 he takes over from Jorgen D’Hondt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) for a mandate of three years.
Open sessions of Plenary ECFA will be held on 19-20 November 2020 in virtual mode. The meeting is open for all to participate and together with reports on future colliders and collider technologies, it will include a special session on gamma-factories.
ECFA Early-Career Researcher Panel
Following the productive debate ECFA organised in November 2019 in the context of the European Strategy for Particle Physics among about 180 early-career researchers, the creation of a permanent ECFA Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Panel was initiated. The objective of the ECR Panel is for its members, PhD students and postdocs in ECFA countries, to discuss all aspects that contribute in a broad sense to the future of the research field of particle physics. The mandate is available on the ECFA website. At this stage, members of Restricted ECFA are instructed to seek first members of the panel aiming for endorsement at the upcoming Plenary ECFA meeting of 19-20 November 2020.
On 13 July 2020, we welcomed ECFA members for our first meeting after the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics and our first ever Plenary ECFA meeting held entirely by videoconference. In this newsletter, you will find reports on the talks presented including some announcements in response to the updated strategy, as well as two dedicated articles on important activities related to accelerator R&D and future colliders.