The Office of the Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer held an all-hands meeting on Jan. 13. Here are the top five messages from our presentation:
- 2019 was a big year for the laboratory. Fermilab achieved several important milestones this year, including groundbreakings for the PIP-II accelerator and the LBNF near site. It was a big year for the Offices of Communication and Education and Public Outreach as well; both offices supported the lab’s achievements through articles, media relations, social media and connections with the public. We welcomed Becky Thompson, the new head of EPO, and her office took on several new responsibilities and activities. Our YouTube channel grew exponentially, becoming the most followed of all the national laboratories and featuring a nationally trending video. We demonstrated a broad media reach, through opportunities such as coverage from NPR, and highlighted diversity and inclusion in our efforts, including Faces of DUNE. I’m thankful for all the hard work our team put in this past year.
- Safety remains the highest priority. Our top goal is for everyone to go home safely at the end of each day. We’ve endeavored to improve our workspaces and to keep safety in the forefront of our minds as we go about our jobs.
- 2020 will be a big year for the lab’s flagship projects. With pre-excavation work for LBNF underway in South Dakota, work on the LBNF near site beginning at Fermilab, the first publications coming from DUNE, and the PIP-II baselining process, this upcoming year provides us with plenty of opportunity to support the lab’s biggest projects and many exciting stories to tell.
- We are looking forward to new milestones and initiatives this year. From the first Muon g-2 results to the 1,000th paper from the CMS collaboration, we will have many opportunities to spread the word of Fermilab’s achievements this year. The EPO Office is beginning a strategic planning initiative and striking new partnerships with other organizations, as well as preparing for events such as the STEM Career Expo on April 7.
- Fermilab receives strong support from around the world. Fermilab has been well-supported over the past year, including by dignitaries attending the PIP-II groundbreaking and partners visiting the lab and committing to support our flagship projects. We are looking forward to increasing that support in 2020 through strong communication, education and public outreach.
Alison Markovitz is Fermilab’s chief strategic partnerships officer.