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Baseline Technical Review 4 – conventional and unconventional facilities

| 3 May 2012 The fourth and final Baseline Technical Review was held at CERN on 22 and 23 March. The completion of this review marks an important milestone en route to producing the ILC Technical Design Report. The subject matter of this final review was conventional facilities, including a variety of site-dependent issues. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

On roadmaps and signposts

| 26 April 2012 Roadmaps, like many things in life, become outdated and eventually misleading and useless. The only way to avoid this is to update them when it is clear that the landscape has, or is about to, change significantly. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

The role of professional societies

| 19 April 2012 Most of us belong to a professional society that serves many of our professional needs throughout our career as practicing scientists. I have belonged to the American Physical Society since I was a graduate student in Berkeley, and last year I had the privilege of serving as APS President for 2011. It has become customary for each outgoing President to summarise his or her presidential year for APS, and I repeat my summary in order to give a picture of the activities of such a professional society. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

HEPAP: advising DOE on the particle physics programme

| 12 April 2012 HEPAP is the official advisory body to DOE for high-energy physics. At their recent meeting from 12 to 13 March, they dealt with US high-energy physics budgets, including future year projections, and how to reconcile them with the US high-energy physics programme. In the process, they covered a wide variety of topics ranging from the future of the US accelerator R&D programme to next-generation dark matter searches. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

KILC12 in Daegu: a preview

| 5 April 2012 The joint ACFA Physics/Detector Workshop and Global Design Effort meeting on linear colliders (KILC12) will be held in Daegu, Korea from 23 to 27 April 2012. This meeting comes at the crucial time when we are making the transition from determining the technical details for the Technical Design Report to actually writing the report. At Daegu, the GDE will not only present a set of progress reports on ILC R&D but will also schedule special working meetings on costing and first draft sections of the TDR. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,

Advances in SCRF cavity performance in the Technical Design Phase

| 29 March 2012 As a result of the continued improvement of cavity processing and a better understanding of the gradient limit, researchers are closely approaching their design goals, with the hope of reaching them by the end of 2012. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

GDE Executive Committee meets face to face

| 22 March 2012 The Global Design Effort Executive Committee met face to face in Washington, DC, last month. One of the main goals was to agree on the detailed plan towards completing the Technical Design Report, including decisions about the level of detail that will be included in the actual report and how to ensure that the backup documentation will be readily available. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

ILC Project Implementation Planning: the prequel / the draft

| 15 March 2012 How should we approach questions on siting and funding the ILC? How should the construction project be governed and managed? What will be the responsibilities of the host country? How can in-kind contributions be managed most effectively? The Global Design Effort has addressed these and other such implementation issues in a new draft document submitted to the International Linear Collider Steering Committee. We make the draft available today and welcome your comments. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,

The International Linear Collider Steering Committee plans for the future

| 8 March 2012 The International Linear Collider Steering Committee, chaired by Jon Bagger, met at Oxford University on 2 February. The main order of business was to plan the future of the ILC effort, following completion of the Technical Design Report. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

GDE Executive Committee visits Washington DC

| 1 March 2012 During a face-to-face working meeting of the Global Design Effort Executive Committee, held in Washington DC last month, invited guests discussed with us how science is supported in the US system, including new project approval, the yearly budget process and the formulation of science policy. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,
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