Director's Corner

Promising reports from Japan

by Andy Lankford

Over the last 15 years, Japanese support for the realisation of the International Linear Collider has grown. People of all stripes —academics, members of industry, artists and everyday science fans—have banded together to voice their support for the building the ILC in Japan. The latest in this wave of support is the formation of a new committee, which recently reported on an impressive set of efforts to promote the ILC, says Andy Lankford, regional representative for the Americas in the International Development Team IDT.

Around the World

Japanese high-energy physics community accelerates ILC effort with new organisation

by Rika Takahashi

Since last October a new panel mandated by the Japan Association of High Energy Physicists will lead the Japanese community by developing and executing ILC promotion strategies targeted to a very wide audience, within Japan and abroad, in view of a timely realisation of the ILC project. Their first report is now available online in Japanese and English.


Amanda Steinhebel wants you to share the joy of particle physics

by Leah Hesla

A summer undergraduate research experience hooked Amanda Steinhebel on particle physics in 2013, and she’s never looked back. A doctoral student at the University of Oregon, Steinhebel focuses on one of the detector designs for the International Linear Collider and Higgs boson decays at the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. It’s all great fun, she says, but it’s even more fun when you share it.


Registration for LCWS 2021 (March 15-18) is now open

by Steinar Stapnes

The 2021 International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders (LCWS 2021) is scheduled to take place March 15-18, in an online format, arranged by Europe. LCWS 2021, similar to earlier workshops in this series, is a common ILC and CLIC workshop.

A preliminary version of the workshop Indico page is now available. With a wide programme of plenary and parallel sessions, the workshop aims to offer the opportunity for presenting ongoing work as well as for getting informed or, even better, involved. The main sessions and initial programme are available at the Indico page.

The programme will feature progress on the ILC in Japan as a prominent theme and use the ILC International Development Team (IDT) working groups’ substructure for sessions to review the progress in accelerator design, detector developments and physics studies. The progress of the CLIC studies within the same areas will also be covered, and most sessions and topics will be common. The registration is now open, and we invite everybody to sign up as soon as possible. There is no fee, but registration is needed to access the sessions.

You are all warmly welcome to LCWS 2021.

Steinar Stapnes, on behalf of the Organising Committee


Status update for the autumn workshop in Japan

by Tatsuya Nakada

The ILC International Development Team (IDT) will hold a workshop, Towards ILC Expressions of Interest, in October 2021 in Tsukuba, Japan, with focus on the experimental programme of the International Linear Collier (ILC). The main goal of the workshop is to start shaping the physics programme of the ILC through the oral presentations of ideas for ILC experiments in a form of expressions of interest (EoI’s) by the physics community.

Presentations on the experiments at any stage of development will be encouraged to ensure full exploitation of the ILC physics potential by considering a diverse set of experiments. The workshop will provide an opportunity for ideas at an early stage to build up collaborations and to elaborate further the experimental concepts. This workshop will also be an occasion for well-established groups to refine their experimental setups benefiting from the recent detector R&D and expanding community interest in the ILC. In addition, IDT activities and political developments, as well as local area activities and community efforts in Japan, should be presented. A small number of sessions on the ILC accelerator issues is also foreseen.

Currently, the workshop is planned to be face-to-face by assuming that the COVID situation will be normalised by the time of the meeting. As the venue, the Epochal Tsukuba International Congress Centre is foreseen. Since there is a finite probability that the COVID situation may not be fully resolved in time, an option of holding the workshop in a hybrid mode with remote participation is envisaged.

See more information in this document.

Tatsuya Nakada, Chair of ILC-IDT Executive Board

In the News

    28 January 2021

    This year, Iwate kept continuing its support of preparations to bring the ILC to Japan, working with our counterparts across the world as the ILC moves towards the preparatory phase.

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    27 January 2021


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    24 January 2021


  • from Indian Times
    23 January 2020

    In the past few decades, she’s authored over 150 research papers, with another 150 that feature her contributions. More importantly though, she’s also a part of the International Detector Advisory Group (IDAG) for the International Linear Collider at the European research lab, CERN.

  • from Science Magazine
    22 January 2021

    In 1985, in recognition of these efforts, he received the Great Cross of Merit, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Koshiba dreamed of constructing the next-generation e−–e+ linear collider in Japan, a vision that will be realized with the completion of the e−–e+ International Linear Collider (ILC).

    21 January 2021

    What if, on a trip overseas, you found yourself getting sick and needed to go to a hospital? What would you do if you couldn’t communicate your symptoms or describe your illness?