Director's Corner

Two Linear Collider events in Whistler, Canada this autumn

| 23 July 2015

As the summer conferences are kicking off, providing more and more complete 8 TeV LHC (Large Hadron Collider) results and the very first glimpses of 13 TeV data, it is also time to start thinking about the autumn linear collider programme. The highlight for the linear collider community is the yearly international Linear Collider Workshop which in 2015 will take place from 2 to 6 November in Whistler, BC, Canada. It is being hosted by TRIUMF Vancouver. The workshop webpage is available. General information about TRIUMF and the workshop was presented by Shane Koscielniak, the chair of the Local Organising Committee, introducing the LCWS15 planning during the Asian Linear Collider Workshop hosted by KEK in April in Japan.

The workshop in Whistler will start Monday morning and run until Friday around 13:00. The format will be familiar to the linear collider community, with plenary sessions Monday and Friday, and parallel sessions Tuesday to Thursday. The parallel session working groups will be defined by end July and 6 to 8 working groups can be expected both for the detector&physics and accelerator sectors. It is not too late to influence the programme for the workshop – ideas and comments are welcome (mail to the chair of the programme committee Dmitri Denisov (Fermilab).

This Linear Collider Workshop is the seventeenth in the series that started in 1991. This workshop is, in general terms, devoted to the study of the physics cases for future high-energy linear electron-positron colliders, taking into account the recent results from LHC, and to review the progress and future plans for the International Linear Collider (ILC) and Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) detector and accelerator projects.

Both ILC and CLIC have key challenges to address during the second half of 2015 and 2016, and the workshop provides an excellent opportunity to discuss and make progress on some of these challenges. For ILC the ongoing process in Japan related to a site-specific implementation and providing the information needed to national committees and decision makers are expected to reach conclusion in 2016 and very high on the priority list. For CLIC the accelerator, detector and physics studies the overall goals are being defined for 2018, preparing for next European Strategy update around that time, and the programmes are scrutinized by and discussed with the incoming CERN management team.

On the social side there will be a welcome reception Monday evening, a workshop banquet Wednesday evening, in addition to ample opportunity to discuss with colleagues and friends outside the workshop events. As usual there will be opportunities for smaller discussions for specific topics and steering groups. Friday evening Hitoshi Murayama will give a public lecture about “Physics Beyond the Standard Model” in Vancouver.

A new development this year is that the Ninth International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders will take place 26 October – 6 November 2015, overlapping with LCWS15, also at Whistler, BC, Canada. The school is also hosted by TRIUMF and is organised by the Linear Collider Collaboration and the International Committee for Future Accelerator (ICFA)’s  Beam Dynamics Panel.
The school covers the following topics:
• Overview of TeV-scale lepton colliders (ILC, CLIC and other advanced accelerators)
• Accelerator physics and technology of linear colliders
• Accelerator physics and technology of the free electron laser (FEL)

More information about the school can be found at the school’s website . It provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers to learn more about linear colliders and accelerators. Details of the venue and local arrangements in Whistler can be found here.

On the Wednesday afternoon November 4 there will be a common session between the LCWS and the LC school focusing on the longer term perspectives and R&D for future linear accelerators and colliders.

So the message is clear, plan your LC travels to Vancouver and Whistler this autumn as soon as possible and spread the word:
➢    The registration for the LCWS15 workshop is open, and early registration is highly recommended to help the planning and to get the best rate.
➢    The LC school application page is now open. (deadline August 20)

Steinar Stapnes

Steinar Stapnes is the European Representative in the ILC International Development Team's Executive Board.
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