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A year in review

| 19 December 2013 With the Higgs boson safely bagged by the LHC and the TDR published the last months were eventful to say the least. Linear Collider Board chair Sachio Komamiya looks back at what happened, what was accomplished in 2013 and what still needs to be done to make the linear collider an operational project in Japan. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

November in Paris: ILC prepares for Horizon 2020

| 5 December 2013 At a meeting in France in November, ILC experts in both detector and accelerator technologies discussed project and funding opportunities for the upcoming EU Horizon2020 framework programme. LCC European Director Brian Foster also took the opportunity to visit the European-XFEL village at CEA in Saclay which has produced a cryomodule that exceeds ILC requirements. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Planning for the future of the US high-energy-physics programme

| 21 November 2013 The US Department of Energy High Energy Physics Advisory Panel is currently in the process of updating the 2008 US High Energy Physics roadmap. The Committee will produce a draft report by early March 2014 and a final report by May. Mike Harrison, Associate Director for the International Linear Collider, explains the context and possible outcome, for the ILC, of this roadmap. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

The CLIC 2014 workshop at CERN

| 7 November 2013 As the worldwide linear collider community comes together during the LCWS 2013 meeting in Tokyo next week, the CLIC collaboration has already started to plan their next major event, the 2014 CLIC workshop at CERN from 3 to 7 February. Steinar Stapnes, Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study, reports. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

LCWS13 – a timely linear collider workshop

| 24 October 2013 LCWS13 is the first International Linear Collider workshop after the completion of the ILC Technical Design Report, the European Strategy for particle physics, the ILC site evaluation committee of Japan announcement and the Science Council of Japan report. All converges to make it a very promising linear collider meeting, Hitoshi Yamamoto explains. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,


| 10 October 2013 The Nobel Prize in Physics this year has gone to François Englert and Peter Higgs for their theoretical discovery of the Higgs mechanism, recently confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's LHC. The linear collider community, represented by Deputy LCC Director Hitoshi Murayama, congratulates the two theorists on this appropriate award for the monumental work. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Doors open wide

| 26 September 2013 Dialogue with the general public is important for good relations with the neighbours of research labs. This weekend, CERN holds its Open Days to share the excitement of science and life at a lab with an estimated 50,000 visitors per day. Let’s keep this tradition up. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

ILC candidate site evaluation in Japan

| 12 September 2013 The ILC Site Evaluation Committee of Japan has assessed the two candidate sites, the Sefuri mountains in Kyushu (south island of Japan) and the Kitakami mountains in the Tokoku, northeast area, based on technical and socio-environmental criteria. On 23 August, they unanimously concluded that the Kitakami site is the best candidate site for the ILC in Japan. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ,

Strategy for linear colliders

| 22 August 2013 It has been another summer with discussions about future strategies for international particle physics. After work on the European Strategy last summer, the US strategy is on the table this summer. For the linear collider work the strategy processes have been positive, reports Steinar Stapnes, Associate Director for CLIC in the Linear Collider Collaboration. Researchers are closely following decisions being made in Japan. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

Snowmass on the Mississippi in Minneapolis

| 8 August 2013 Waiting for his plane after an intense and productive Snowmass meeting with more than 700 participants in Minneapolis, Hitoshi Murayama reports that the scientific opportunities and aspirations discussed at the meeting seem to lead to basic community consensus. The hunt for the identity of the Higgs adds momentum. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,
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