46th Users Meeting looks to the future of Fermilab

The 2013 Fermilab Users Meeting takes place from June 12-13.

Fermilab’s 46th annual Users Meeting will take place June 12-13. The meeting is an opportunity to discuss the laboratory’s new physics results and future initiatives in the areas of collider, astroparticle, neutrino and accelerator physics.

“It has been an exhilarating year in particle physics,” said Nikos Varelas, Users Executive Committee chair. “We have put together a great line-up of presentations that will highlight accomplishments over the past year and future plans at the Energy, Intensity and Cosmic frontiers, including R&D progress for future accelerators.”

Two days before the Users Meeting, on June 10-11, the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will hold its New Perspectives Conference, a day and a half of talks given by undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. The group will also host a poster session during the first day of the Users Meeting.

Young scientists’ work will also be featured during two award presentations at the Users Meeting.

“One of my favorite parts of the annual Users Meeting is the presentation of the Universities Research Association Thesis Award and the Tollestrup Award,” said Users Meeting Subcommittee Chair Greg Snow. “These awards recognize the excellent work and accomplishments of physicists early in their careers.”

One of the highlights of this year’s meeting will be the official handover of the International Linear Collider Technical Design Report on June 12, marking the completion of the mandate for the Global Design Effort to produce and document a design for a next-generation linear collider. After a series of ILC-related talks, GDE Director Barry Barish will hand over the Technical Design Report to International Committee for Future Accelerators Chair Pier Oddone.

A second highlight of the Users Meeting will be a farewell symposium for Fermilab Director Oddone on June 13. The symposium will cover Oddone’s eight years of leadership at Fermilab and highlight some of his accomplishments. A reception will follow.

This year, scientist and popular science writer Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology, will give a public lecture titled “Particles, Fields and the Future of Physics.” The talk will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets are available through the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series.

“Fermilab’s current and planned research program will address some of the most fundamental questions in particle physics,” Varelas said. “The Users Meeting is a great opportunity to get a snapshot of these activities.”

Registration for the Users Meeting is free.

Leah Hesla