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What Is Basic Science Good For?

| 12 May 2016 Humans are curious creatures, always trying to make sense of the world around them. Basic science pushed the humankind forward and will continue to do with projects like the LHC and the ILC. Hitoshi Murayama, Deputy Director of the Linear Collider Collaboration and enthusiastic public lecturer explains why. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Looking into the crystal ball

| 28 April 2016 The Linear Collider Collaboration comes to the end of its mandate at the end of this year. A working group made up of lab directors from Europe, the US and Japan is looking at options for a new management structure, and in his corner, European Regional Director Brian Foster gives some (unsolicited) advice. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,

Driving cooperation projects forward

| 14 April 2016 The US and Japan work together on a long list of projects in high-energy physics, from current experiments to future plans. At an annual meeting of the “Joint Committee” in Japan, four new projects were added to the list of joint activities, and Harry Weerts, regional director for the Americas, reports that he sees progress on ILC work in Japan, but that US authorities are waiting for a sign from their Japanese counterparts before the project can go ahead. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Morioka welcomes next LC workshop

| 24 March 2016 In northern Japan, Iwate prefecture is full of cultural and natural attractions and – even more important – very ILC friendly. Local governments support the ILC with enthusiasm and the local population is quite knowledgeable about the ILC, from children to grandparents. Attendants of the next LCWS2016 workshop will have the opportunity to see it by themselves while in Morioka next December. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Adapting to change

| 10 March 2016 The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) is a biannual gathering of the heads of major particle physics labs and institutes from around the world for the purpose of sharing news, liaising, and working together to promote global collaboration in our field. The Linear Collider Collaboration (LCC) has its mandate from ICFA, and the LC oversight Board (LCB) met in association with the recent ICFA meeting [see other article] to monitor progress on the three main LCC elements: the ILC, CLIC, and Detector & Physics groups. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

US-Japan symposium

and | 3 March 2016 As is well known, the International Linear Collider (ILC) is being discussed as an International project, which means many countries around the world would contribute human, technical, and financial resources to the project. This is clearly a very complicated proposition and it takes effort from many directions to keep it moving.

Towards an Asian Strategy for Particle Physics?

| 11 February 2016 Akira Yamamoto, Regional Director for Asia in the Linear Collider Collaboration, had to learn this week that ACFA isn’t what he thought it is. ACFA stands for Asian Committee for Future Accelerators, and contrary to what its name suggests it is an independent body, not a subgroup of the International Committee for Future Accelerators ICFA. He reports from their recent meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Political progress

| 28 January 2016 In a few weeks and for the first time, Japanese and US politicians will sit down together, in public, with the ILC a prominent topic of debate. Though the outcome of the forum may not be immediately visible, Mike Harrison, Associate Director for the International Linear Collider in the Linear Collider Collaboration, is looking forward to the event. Many things are in motion below the surface, he says, and it’s one more step on the way to the realisation of a linear collider.

The Golden State of Linear Colliders

| 14 January 2016 As demonstrated again by the Tesla Technology Collaboration meeting last month at SLAC National Laboratory, no other future particle physics project has ever been so well understood both technologically and from the industrial mass production side than the ILC, reports European Regional Director Brian Foster. Foster also attended a one-off meeting with key players in plasma-wave acceleration - another possible collider for the future - where superconducting radiofrequency acceleration may also play a vital role. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ,

LHC Run-2 results to point the way

| 10 December 2015 Phil Burrows, acting Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study in the Linear Collider Collaboration, says the linear collider community should be prepared for new results from the LHC over the course of the coming years, with the first to be announced next week. They will help us decide which future path we should take. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,
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