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From KEK: KEK presented its plan for the ILC project in Lausanne

| 10 May 2019

ILC20190412_3Masanori Yamauchi, Director General of KEK, made a presentation regarding KEK’s plan for the ILC, at the international conference held on 8-9 April 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About 100 scientists from around the world who aim for the realization of electron-positron linear colliders gathered at the Linear Collider Community Meeting, to discuss the future linear collider activities.

In the conference, Yamauchi presented KEK’s plan for the ILC for the upcoming year, summarized as follows:

  • Organise the international working group with close consultation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
  • Promote activities to gain a better understanding of the broader academic community in Japan (Propose the ILC project to the Science Council of Japan’s Master Plan; Organise a symposium)
  • Cooperate with MEXT to establish the governmental level discussion groups with France and Germany. Also, strengthen the discussion group with the US DOE.
  • Conduct R&D program at ATF, STF and CFF facilities collaborating with the international teams

ILC20190412_01At the ICFA/LCB meeting held on 7 March, MEXT presented its views concerning the ILC project, stating “MEXT has not yet reached declaration for hosting the ILC in Japan at this moment” but “MEXT will continue to discuss the ILC project with other governments while having an interest in the ILC project.” In response, ICFA released a statement that it views MEXT’s statement of continuing interest in the ILC as an important milestone along the path to the ILC. KEK’s plan is in accord with the ICFA statement and MEXT’s view, and illustrates the specific steps that will be taken by KEK toward an early realization of the ILC. The result of the discussions at the Lausanne conference will be used as an input for the discussions of the Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics.

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