The 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference [IPAC'14] took place in Dresden, Germany from 15-20 June 2014. The conference brought together 1,200 accelerator scientists and engineers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in a field that underpins areas of research from high-energy physics to structural biology. As a truly international conference series, the venue for IPAC moves between Asia, Europe and North America on a three-year cycle. Dresden provided a wonderful location for IPAC’14, the second conference in the series to be held in Europe. The programme covered all aspects of accelerator science, engineering and technology, with strong contributions from all regions of the world.
The opening day featured a students’ poster session at which over 110 students presented their work; 89 of these students were supported to attend the conference by the IPAC’14 Student Grant Programme. Later in the conference, a truly memorable Awards Session, Chaired by Caterina Biscari (ALBA-CELLS), saw the 2014 Prizes of the EPS Accelerator Group presented to recipients who have each made distinguished contributions to the field of particle accelerators: Mikael Eriksson (MAX-IV Laboratory) received the Rolf Wideröe Prize, Tsumoru Shintake (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) received the Gersch Budker Prize, and Agostino Marinelli (SLAC) received the Frank Sacherer Prize. A prize for a student registered for a PhD or diploma in accelerator physics or engineering was awarded to Juan Esteban Muller (CERN/EPFL). Student Poster Prizes, sponsored by EPS and EPS Accelerator Group, were awarded to Eléonore Roussel (PhLAM/CERCLA), Marton Ady (CERN) and Lieselotte Obst (HZDR).
IPAC regularly features an industrial exhibition and at IPAC’14 the number of industrial exhibitors for the first time reached 100. A special session for engagement with industry covered topics from accelerator development for medical and security applications, to large scale production of components for major accelerator projects.
Proceedings from IPAC’14, consisting of nearly 1,280 papers, will be published on the Joint Accelerator Conferences Website [JACoW]. On average, JACoW publishes proceedings from about 10 conferences and workshops each year, providing a resource of enormous value for the accelerator community. There are over a million downloads each year of papers from JACoW, with all papers available at no cost to readers.
The IPAC’14 Student Grant Programme was sponsored by APS DPB, ACFA, and EPS Accelerator Group with contributions from: ALBA-CELLS, Centro Fermi, CERN, CNRS-IN2P3, DESY, Diamond Light Source, ESRF, GSI, HZB, HZDR, IFIC, INFN, JAI, Max-Lab (Lund University), PSI and STFC/Cockcroft Institute.