Fermilab played host to international cadre of science counselors

On Thursday, June 23, under the coordination of the EU delegation to the U.S. and the National Council of University Research Administrators organization, a dozen leading science counselors representing European countries and Canada visited Fermilab to learn about our facilities, science programs and capabilities.

The science counselors traveled from Washington, D.C., embassies to visit the lab. The countries represented were Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Canada, and the EU. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

Some of the countries represented already have had strong ties with Fermilab, and the purpose of the visit was to strengthen existing collaborations and foster new ones. The visit kicked off with a meet-and-greet and overview of Fermilab’s scientific activities with Director Lia Merminga and DOE Acting Fermi Site Office Manager Roger Snyder at Wilson Hall, followed by a full-day tour.

Scientist Brendan Casey presented an overview of the Muon g-2 experiment to the visitors. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

During the tour, the visitors received an overview of the Muon g-2 experiment, Other cutting-edge projects included in the tour were the Short Baseline Near Detector, PIP-II, SRF and cryomodule test facilities, and the SQMS Center.

On the tour, attendees learned that Fermilab excels in producing superconducting radio frequency cavities. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

While at Fermilab, the visiting science counselors also met with several scientists and engineers to discuss emerging technologies and opportunities for collaboration. University of Chicago’s Jennifer Ponting gave an overview on the U.S. funding opportunity landscape for international cooperation, and Kate Timmerman presented on the Chicago Quantum Exchange and its network and partnership potential.