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GraSPA 2016

By Lucia Di Ciaccio. Published on 26 April 2016 in:
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Registration for the 2016 Summer School of Particle and Astroparticle Physics [GraSPA 2016] in Annecy-le-Vieux, France  is now open.

The goal of the school is to introduce Particle Physics and Astroparticle Physics to 3rd and 4th year physics students while at the same time touching upon the latest results and challenges in these fields.

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Recommendations for evaluation of experimental particle physicists

By Halina Abramowicz, Thomas Lohse. Published on 28 July 2015 in:
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The European Committee for Future Accelerators [ECFA] and the High Energy and Particle Physics Division of the European Physical Society [EPS-HEPP] have jointly prepared a document to help professional committees to assess the achievements of individual particle physicists from large experimental collaborations. The document is motivated by the need to explain to scientists from outside the community of experimental high-energy physics the way these collaborations, of few hundred to few thousand members, are organized in order to design, build and carry out the scientific program of large-scale experiments.

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SCOAP3: more than 2000 Open Access articles online

By SCOAP3. Published on 25 August 2014 in:
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Two thousand Open Access articles have been published with SCOAP3 funding since January 2014 in 10 journals from 11 publishers and learned societies. These articles are released under a CC-BY license, and available on the SCOAP3 repository in several formats. Scientists from over 80 countries have freely published in SCOAP3 journals so far.
The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] is operated at CERN in Switzerland and managed by an international consortium of thousands of libraries in 35 countries that redirects funds previously used for subscriptions to instead support Open Access. All articles are published under…

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An unconventional 4-quark particle

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 May 2014 in:
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On 9 April 2014, researchers at the LHCb experiment published a paper validating the existence of an exotic particle, which appears to be a tetraquark. The LHCb spokesperson Pierluigi Campana said: “We are very happy to have confirmed this particle, which is in fact a very strange object.”

Precisely 50 years ago, George Zweig and Murray Gell-Mann independently introduced the Quark Model, which is a fundamental cornerstone in particle physics. The model is a perfect tool to understand how matter interacts…

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Learned societies worldwide to plan the future of particle physics

By David Lee. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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Three community driven initiatives in 2013 have provided an opportunity to high-energy particle “to build a compelling science case for major research facilities in Asia, Europe and the US. They identified ways to increase the scientific return on society’s investment and to spread the benefits of forefront physics research to developing countries.”
An article in the January/February 2014 CERN Courier describes how learned societies have provided valuable input into the planning process for future high-energy particle physics facilities…
In January 2013, a working group of the CERN Council met in Erice, Italy, to draft an updated strategy for medium…

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SCOAP3 launched on 1 January 2014

By Martina Knoop. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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As of 1 January 2014, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] has become operational.

SCOAP3 contributes to the on-going evolution of the publication landscape by proposing a completely new approach for the high-energy and particle physics community. SCOAP3 is a new paradigm in scientific publication, relying on the redirection of funding from a large number of organisations and universities in order to cover publication expenses…

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A new era in Particle Physics

By Thomas Lohse. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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These are exciting times. In July 2013, one year after the discovery of a Higgs boson with the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN, about 750 particle physicists met at the international EPS Conference on High Energy Physics in Stockholm. This meeting was organised jointly by the EPS High Energy and Particle Physics Division [EPS-HEPP] and a local organising committee. The anniversary of the Higgs discovery was celebrated with the award of the EPS-HEPP Prize to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations and to M. Della Negra, P. Jenni, and T. Virdee for their leadership roles in these…

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IPAC’14

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 26 September 2013 in:
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The 5th International Particle Accelerator Conference [IPAC’14] will take place from 15 to 20 June 2014 in Dresden, Germany.

The conference is organised by the European Physical Society Accelerator Group [EPS-AG] and is a forum for important stakeholders working in the field of particle accelerators to discuss the latest developments in research and technology. IPAC’14 marks the return of this important conference to Europe since its second edition IPAC’11. The conference…

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News on the Open Access front

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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In June this year the American Physical Society [APS] has decided not to participate as a publishing partner in the SCOAP3 initiative launched by CERN as an Open Access possible model for the very international particle-physics community.
Of course, this does not mean that the APS will abandon its long-standing commitment to Open Access. However this decision signals, once more, how steep the road is to achieve sustainable Open Access for scientific publishers. Despite the universally recognised merits of the Open Access principle to grant unrestricted access to the results of…

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SIF Fermi Prize for decisive contribution to LHC discoveries

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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The 2013 Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society [SIF] has been awarded to Pierluigi Campana (INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati), Simone Giani (CERN), Fabiola Gianotti (CERN), Paolo Giubellino (INFN Torino) and Guido Tonelli (Università di Pisa and INFN Pisa), “for the outstanding results that the five large international collaboration experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider [LHC] – LHCb, TOTEM, ATLAS, ALICE, CMS – have achieved during the first period of LHC data taking under the successful guidance of the…

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Nigel Lockyer to lead the Fermilab

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 July 2013 in:
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Nigel Lockyer, director of Canada’s TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia, has been selected to become the next director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory [Fermilab].

N. Lockyer has a long-standing interest in medical-physics projects, including proton therapy for cancer patients. Initially an experimental particle physicist, he has directed TRIUMF since May 2007. Under his leadership…

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International Master classes in Particle Physics

By Paris Sphicas. Published on 29 April 2013 in:
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Master classes are a unique opportunity for high-school students, where they can hunt particles at the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] and analyse real data from the experiments. Each year, in spring, research institutes and universities around the world open their doors and invite students for daylong visits. This year’s International Master classes were organized in March, under the auspices of the International Particle Physics Outreach Groups [IPPOG], and attracted more than 10 000 students.
In the Master class, students gained insight into the international organization of modern research in…

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