Connecting with our neighbors

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

As of this weekend, Fermilab’s celebration of the life and work of famed particle physicist Richard Feynman is in full swing.

On Saturday night, hundreds of people from local communities joined us at the laboratory to kick off this celebration with a concert by Huun Huur Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva, a talk by Feynman’s friend Ralph Leighton, and the opening of an exhibit of Feynman diagram art by Yale professor, statistician and artist Edward Tufte. By all accounts the event was a success.

Our lab cannot advance its scientific mission without the support and partnership of our neighbors. Fermilab enjoys a good relationship with its neighboring communities, one that we work hard to maintain and strengthen. That is one reason that we hold events like Saturday’s concert and public lecture, offer public tours and make a large portion of our site available to our neighbors for recreation and education. We believe that the more often we bring members of the public to Fermilab, the stronger these ties will be.

We’ll continue to nurture these ties with upcoming events such as the STEM Career Expo on April 23 and the Family Outdoor Fair in June. And of course we actively go out into the community, giving talks and lectures for local organizations and presenting in classrooms around the region.

Another critical component of the partnership with our neighbors is the Fermilab Community Advisory Board. The board, which meets every other month, advises the lab on public issues and provides ongoing guidance on current and future activities, communication and engagement in our local region. We welcome suggestions for topics to discuss with the board. Please contact Andre Salles in the Office of Communication if you have a project or program that you would like to present to members at an upcoming meeting.

Fermilab is proud of its relationship with the local communities, but we’re always looking for new ways to engage with our neighbors. If you have any suggestions about how we can do better, please drop us an email.