Under the aegis and with the suppport of the European Physical Society [EPS], the Kick-off Meeting of the EPS Committee of European Integration [EPS-CEI] and the Balkan Workshop BW2013 – Beyond Standard Models in Cosmology and Particle Physics, the central meeting of the Southeastern European Network in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics [SEENET-MTP] in 2013, were held in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia, from 25-29 April 2013. In total 78 participants from 25 countries came for the events. Around 30 invited scientific talks, 15 panel presentations and several posters were presented.
The Workshop was an opportunity for presentations and discussions on hot topics in (Astro)Particle Physics and Cosmology in the LHC and Planck era, as well as an occasion to mark 10 years of the SEENET-MTP program. The Network currently numbers 20 scientific institutions from 11 countries from the region, 14 partner institutions and more than 350 individual members from all around the globe. The core program of the Network has been the promotion and strengthening of joint research and publishing, capacity-building in science and the development of a collaborative atmosphere.
From among several roundtables and meetings organized during the last two days, the most important was the kick-off meeting the EPS-Committee on European Integration [EPS-CEI]. This session was opened by the EPS President John Dudley, and the EPS-CEI chairman Goran Djordjevic. The EPS secretary general David Lee, the former EPS Presidents Maciej Kolwas and Norbert Kroó were among the panellists. The composition of the Committee1 was confirmed and the Terms of References of the Committee were approved. The working plan and the budget of the Committee for the period 2013-2016 were considered and will be submitted to the EPS Executive Committee for further consideration. M. Scalet (UNESCO Venice), F. Quevedo (director of the ICTP), L. Álvarez-Gaume (CERN), I. Antoniadis (CERN), A. Morozov (ITEP, Moscow), R. Žikić (Ministry of Education and Science, Serbia – SMES) and others contributed greatly to the overall discussion and decisions made towards new projects.
The program of the event ended with the round table on cooperation in physics in Central Europe and a meeting between representatives of the EPS and leaders of the Serbian Physical Society [SPS] before the opening of the 12th Congress of SPS.
The BW2013 was organized by the Faculty of Science and the SENEET-MTP Office Niš, in cooperation with CERN TD, LMU/MPI, ICTP and the Physical Society Niš (local co-organizer). In addition to EPS patronage, the organisers would like to thank Central European Initiative and ICTP Trieste, UNESCO Venice and SMES for their support.
- G. Djordjevic (Serbia), A. Proykova (Bulgaria), G. Martinelli (Italy), M. Kolwas (Poland), S. Sotiriou (Greece), D. Nagy (Hungary) and R. Constantinescu (Romania) [↩]