Highlights from the 2016 Users Meeting

The 2016 Fermilab Users Meeting was a resounding success. Attendees learned about progress on neutrino programs, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN, muon experiments, accelerator science and technology, and dark matter and dark energy research. They also heard about the Fermilab Campus Master Plan, the laboratory’s outreach efforts and news from each of the laboratory’s scientific divisions.

Industry vendors set up booths in the Wilson Hall atrium for the first time at a Users Meeting. Companies had the opportunity to present their state-of-the-art equipment and new industry advances to the user community.

As always, Festa Italiana was a big hit. Barry Barish of the Caltech talked about LIGO’s discovery of gravitational waves at this year’s public lecture. And attendees honored the MINOS neutrino experiment, which will conclude its final data-taking period at the end of the current NuMI run.

Here’s a by-the-numbers rundown of this year’s Users Meeting:

551 meeting registrants – the most since 2011

45 presentations given over two days

40 posters at the poster session (chosen from 60 submitted; three winners chosen)

18 vendors at the meeting

107 people who signed in to the American Physical Society table at the poster session

33 pages in the 2016 Users Meeting Program Book

400 cannolis served at Festa Italiana

845 tickets sold for the public lecture given by Barry Barish about detecting gravitational waves

46 slides in Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer’s Director’s Report

1 recipient of the URA Tollestrup Award

1 recipient of the URA Thesis Award

118 PhDs received since the previous Users Meeting by students who had an affiliation with Fermilab