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.
Call for venues for the next JENAS event
The many synergies between astroparticle, nuclear and particle physics were addressed in the first Joint ECFA-NuPECC-APPEC Seminar (JENAS) at Orsay in 2019. Based on this success, a call was launched for candidate venues for the next session of this three-day biennial JENAS event. The Joint Seminar is intended to inform our communities about each other's scientific, technological and organisational challenges and opportunities. Proposals should be communicated to the three chairs of APPEC, ECFA and NuPECC, and reach them no later than 21 September 2020.
The full-day Open Plenary ECFA session revolving around novel accelerator technologies, i.e. towards colliders using plasma wakefield acceleration, towards colliders with muons and towards high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, culminated in a comprehensive ECFA Newsletter.
The JENAS2019 event at Orsay allowed astroparticle, nuclear and particle physics researchers to sniffle into each other’s activities. The identified overlapping challenges might transform via joint programs into stronger opportunities to further our understanding of both the smallest and the largest structures in nature. With a view to further explore topical synergies a call for Expressions-of-Interest has been issued.
With the input from the Physics Briefing Book due by the end of September, the next step in the European Strategy process is to define some overall long-term scenarios, keeping an eye on evolutions in the global landscape, and to discuss within the European Strategy Group (ESG) their scientific coverage, feasibility and community support. Given the long-term impact of these strategic choices, ECFA is organising a full-day event in the Main Auditorium at CERN on 15 November 2019, to enable early-career researchers to debate the Strategy. Participation in the meeting will be limited to invited early-career researchers (see ECFA Newsletter #3). Both PhD students and postdocs active in particle physics and/or adjacent fields are eligible. After the event, the early-career researchers will be mandated to deliver a brief document overviewing their thoughts on the Strategy. There will be no need to reach a consensus on all aspects, but the document must cover all the topics that were discussed during the meeting. The ECFA Chair will bring this document to the attention of the ESG.
A full-day open session of Plenary ECFA will be held on 14 November 2019 in the Council Chamber at CERN. The session is open for all to participate with seats reserved for registered ECFA members and will revolve around novel accelerator technologies: towards colliders using plasma wakefield acceleration, towards colliders with muons and towards high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets. The presentations will be webcasted and the recordings shared with the community (recordings are available in CDS).
ECFA Newsletter #3 (Summer 2019)
The process of updating the European Strategy for Particle Physics is in full swing. The joint ECFA-EPS session organised at the occasion of the EPS-HEP conference in Ghent (Belgium) on 13 July 2019 was an important moment to further the discussion. The newsletter reports on the status of the process.
First JENAS event (14-16 October 2019)
With a view on exploring synergies in research and organisation, the European communities of particle, nuclear and astroparticle physics participate for the first time in a joint three-day seminar with more than 200 participants. The Joint ECFA-NuPECC-ApPEC Seminar is organized on 14-16 October 2019 at Orsay (France) by ApPEC, ECFA and NuPECC together with LAL, IPNO, IRFU and LPNHE. The event is webcasted for which you find more information at https://jenas-2019.lal.in2p3.fr .
1 October 2019
ECFA Newsletter #2 (Winter 2018)
Following the Plenary ECFA meeting of 15-16 November 2018, in the ECFA Newsletter we report on the topics discussed. Amongst others we have the outcome of the ECFA study on the recognition of individual achievements in large collaborations, and the ECFA survey of detector R&D. With comprehensive overviews on accelerators R&D we aim to inform the community as well on the work done toward potentially future colliders inside and outside Europe. Those with at least a CERN lightweight account have an opportunity to receive automatically the ECFA Newsletters that will appear twice per year. Under "Member" you can add yourself via the following link: https://e-groups.cern.ch/e-groups/Egroup.do?egroupId=10319139&AI .
23 January 2019
ECFA Detector Panel Report
The ECFA Detector Panel compiled a document summarizing the findings of the survey on Detector R&D conducted over the summer of 2018, concluding with recommendations concerning future developments. The document was submitted as input to the European Particle Physics Strategy Update.
20 December 2018
Results of the ECFA survey on the recognition of individual achievements in large collaborations
The results of the recent ECFA survey on the recognition of individual achievements in large scientific collaboration discussed at the latest Plenary ECFA meeting are available at this weblink.
19 November 2018
During the Plenary ECFA meeting at ALBA (Barcelona, Spain) several topics were discussed. With the aim to inform the community a newsletter is created overviewing the outcome of the meeting.
26 September 2018
ECFA created a working group to examine the recognition of individual achievements in large scientific collaborations. Based on feedback from an initial survey of the leaders of 29 CERN-based or CERN-recognised experiments in particle, nuclear, astroparticle and astrophysics, ECFA found that the community is ready to engage in dialogue on this topic and receptive to potential recommendations. In response, ECFA has launched a community-wide survey to verify how individual researchers perceive the systems put in place to recognise their achievements. The deadline for responses is 26 October 2018.
26 September 2018
On Thursday, 15 November, the full morning will be devoted to a workshop to disseminate the results of the ECFA survey on the recognition of individual achievements in large collaborations. The afternoon session will start with the brief standing items of Plenary ECFA, followed by a 1.5-day session including comprehensive overviews of all of the main future collider projects in and beyond Europe and related accelerator technologies. The venue will be the main auditorium at CERN. The auditorium will be open to the community, with reserved seats for registered ECFA members. The presentations will be webcast and the recordings shared with the community.
26 September 2018