The 49th Annual Fermilab Users Meeting from June 15-16 is approaching quickly. While the main components of the meeting will be familiar, the event has taken on a new and exciting approach to give attendees a sense of the future that Fermilab is paving.
Over the course of two days, Fermilab researchers and users will have time to learn about the state of the laboratory and experiments, find out about new advances in theoretical physics, as well as learn about the broad variety of services that Fermilab and its divisions provide for the user community.
These are exciting times. Fermilab has made a strong effort to host the next-generation neutrino experiment, and the Users Meeting is the perfect venue to bring physicists from different fields together.
For the first time ever, we will host a vendor exhibition during the meeting. Companies will have the opportunity to present their state-of-the-art equipment and new industry advances to the user community. Everyone will be able to enjoy coffee at the Early Morning Coffee Corner to meet and greet the vendors as well as friends coming to town for the Users Meeting.
The Fermilab Conference Office states that “by welcoming many businesses to participate in the Annual Users Meeting, we are opening up many opportunities for companies to share their technologies and advances to the Fermilab community at large.” The vendor support will allow the community to enjoy upgraded food and coffee break services and will provide a useful and commemorative booklet for the attendees. As benefit for the young scientist community, the vendor contribution allows, for the first time, free poster printing via Fermilab printing services. This offer doubled the request for poster applications compared to previous years.
This year marks the transitional phase of the P5 program, where the vision of a large international neutrino experiment based at Fermilab begins to become a reality. With the recent budget approval from the DOE, Fermilab’s new flagship project, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, is now fully established and recognized by the U.S. political leadership as a major cornerstone for fundamental particle physics.
The traditional Festa Italiana will mark the beginning of the 2016 Users Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, June 14, starting at 8 p.m. in the Kuhn Barn. Attendees are invited to come socialize with other Fermilab users over food and beverages.
On June 15 at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology will give a public talk titled “Einstein, Black Holes and a Cosmic Chirp.” He will discuss the LIGO experiment, where researchers have recently found the first evidence of two merging black holes of several tens of solar masses about 1.3 billion light-years away from Earth. Tickets can be purchased through the Fermilab Lecture Series box office.
This talk promises to be amazing. It is a rare chance to have a public lecture on a topic that only recently — last February — became public knowledge, one that opens a completely new area of observations to astronomy.
As a preamble to the Users Meeting, on Monday June 13-14, the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will hold its annual New Perspectives Conference for graduate students, postdocs, and undergrads to present their work to an audience of peers in a low-pressure environment. New Perspectives has grown to be a highlight of Fermilab’s conference program because it provides the student and postdoc faction of the user community with an opportunity to gain experience and learn from their peers.
We worked very hard to organize this year’s meeting, and a lot of behind-the-scenes effort allowed us to update the event preparation procedures, which will be beneficial not only for the 50th anniversary of Fermilab, but also for the next 50 Users Meetings to come.
The Users Meeting is unique because it introduces us to new young scientists, and it allows us to meet old friends and look beyond the scope of our own research to see the broad research picture at Fermilab. Welcome, everybody, to the 2016 Users Meeting!
Sarah Lockwitz is the co-chair of the 2016 Users Meeting. Bill Louis is the chair of the Fermilab User Executive Committee. Thomas Strauss is the chair of the 2016 Users Meeting.