Austrian science and research delegation visits Fermilab

Fermilab’s Deputy Director Bonnie Fleming and Head of Education and Public Engagement Rebecca Thompson welcomed a leadership delegation from various Austrian research institutions and representatives of Austria’s Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research on Sept.16. The visit was part of a string stops in the United States to strengthen the Austrian research network and to present Austria as a highly regarded international research location.

Fermilab hosted a scientific leadership delegation from Austria on Sept. 16. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

The delegation was led by Director-General for Scientific Research and International Relations Barbara Weitgruber. It also included former Minister of Education, Science and Research Heinz Fassmann, who joined in his official capacity as the newly inaugurated president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Deputy Director Bonnie Fleming provided an overview of Fermilab. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

“Fermilab welcomes collaboration with scientists from all over the world to exchange ideas and attract world-class expertise. Connecting with international partners to advance accelerator technologies and particle physics research benefits the worldwide physics community,” said Fleming.

The delegation’s visit to the lab was part of a larger U.S. tour to strengthen the Austrian research network and present Austria as a potential international research location. Here the delegation is inspecting the precise alignment tooling developed by FNAL for the advance focusing magnets of the upcoming High Luminosity upgrade of the LHC (HL-LHC). Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

While at Fermilab, the delegation received an overview of the LHC/CMS programs and toured the PIP-II Program, Superconducting Radio Frequency Test Facility, Cryomodule Test Facility and the lab’s Accelerator Technology, Research & Development division. The visitors also toured the SQMS Center, as well as the quantum network program at the Feynman Computing Center. They discussed the lab’s partnership with CERN, similar projects in particle accelerator and neutrino science in Austria, and how programs are financed.

Sam Posen discussed Fermilab’s R&D work with SRF cavities as part of the tour. Photo: Ryan Postel, Fermilab

The delegation’s visit was part of the annual Austrian Research and Innovation Talk, held this year in Chicago and organized by the Office of Science and Technology Austria. This year’s summit featured discussions on the proliferation of misinformation, effective science communication and how the scientific community can bridge gaps and turn inequalities into opportunities for growth.