The 52nd Fermilab Users Meeting is less than two weeks away! The Users Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend the annual gathering, which takes place from June 12-13. If you haven’t yet, register now. The registration deadline is June 4, and all events are free. Everyone who works in or at Fermilab is welcome. In fact, “everyone” is the basis for this year’s theme: “Your community, your science: It’s about everyone that makes it happen.”
Every summer since the beginning of Fermilab, the user community has gotten together to discuss and celebrate the scientific and technological achievements produced at the lab during the previous year. This year we are working to highlight and integrate the lab community as a whole. We’ve designed the agenda to have something to appeal to everyone.
Fermilab Deputy Director of Research Joe Lykken will give this year’s keynote talk, “Quantum Information Science.” This exciting area of research could revolutionize particle physics research with its calculation power for data analysis and theoretical physics.
Attendees can also look forward to hearing about advances in research and technology from the Accelerator, Scientific Computing, and Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology divisions, as well as about R&D possibilities at the lab, recent achievements in accelerator science and technology research, and the latest in the field of artificial intelligence as one of our most exciting reconstruction and identification tools. We’ve also got exciting talks lined up on the status and future on CMS and the U.S. contribution, overviews about the particle astrophysics efforts at Fermilab, such as in dark matter, dark energy and the cosmic microwave background, and the muon and neutrino experiments at Fermilab. This will be a great opportunity to hear the status and latest results from experiments.
This year we have a special theme kick-off panel highlighting contributions from members of our community, a report from the Directorate on the lab’s Statement of Community Standards, an exhibition and raffle from local area vendors and resources, and parallel training sessions in science communication and writing better abstracts and talks. There will also be reports from the Users Executive Committee, the Directorate, and the Fermilab Student & Postdoc Association on their accomplishments and service to the community over the last year. The presentation of several prestigious Universities Research Association awards and talks from the winners will highlight our program. We also have many early-career scientists who will bring their energy to the poster session, showcasing the great quality of scientific research last Fermilab.
Finally, we have celebrations of some very important community milestones planned! We will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the commissioning of the Main Injector and Recycler accelerators, with a banquet on Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m., immediately after an overview talk. There will be a party for the end of the MINERvA experiment’s data-taking run on Thursday, June 13, at 3:30 p.m. And as usual, the traditional Festa Italiana will take place the evening before the first day of the Users Meeting, on Tuesday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in Kuhn Barn. Come celebrate with the community!
Before the Users Meeting on June 10-11, FSPA, the Fermilab Student & Postdoc Association, will host its annual New Perspectives Conference. This provides early-career members of the user community a special opportunity to present and discuss their work.
Everyone is welcome. Again, please help us by REGISTERING to participate (fast and free!) by June 4. We will have for the second year a dedicated Slack channel for answering questions, including expert clarifications and explanations of technical points from the presentations.
We look forward to seeing you at 2019 Users Meeting and celebrating the achievements of the Fermilab community!
Gavin Davies is the chair of the Users Executive Committee. Cindy Joe is the deputy chair of the Users Meeting Subcommittee. Leonidas Aliaga Soplin is the chair of the Users Meeting Subcommittee.