10-12 september CERN Council Open Symposium on European Strategy for Particle Physics

10 - 09 - 2012

On 10, 11 and 12 September the CERN Council Open Symposium on European Strategy for Particle Physics will be held in Kraków.

During its December meetings, the CERN Council announced that an Open Symposium will be held in Kraków on 10-12 September 2012 for the purpose of updating the European Strategy for Particle Physics. The Council adopted Europe’s current strategy for the field in July 2006 with an understanding that it be brought up to date at appropriate intervals of typically five years (CERN Courier September 2006 p29).

The Open Symposium is part of a process designed to get the maximum input from the particle-physics community, as well as from other stakeholders both inside and outside Europe, as Europe’s strategy forms part of a global whole. Opinion will be solicited from the individual scientists who carry out the research, the communities that stand to benefit and the research ministries that will foot the bill. With help from the local organizing committee, the Open Symposium will be arranged by a preparatory group appointed by the Council and provide an opportunity for the global particle-physics community to express its views on the scientific objectives of the strategy.

The complete article is available here
More information on the Symposium can be found here (website ESPP2012).

Nikhef’s contribution
This document describes the input of Nikhef to the European Particle Physics Strategy Discussion 2012. The input is given in the form of eight statements summarizing the view of Nikhef on the future of the LHC programme, a linear e+e- collider, accelerator research and development, a long baseline neutrino oscillation facility, the organization of European contributions to large accelerator facilities outside Europe, the roadmap for astroparticle physics, detector R&D, and grid computing. It is the opinion of Nikhef that the highest priorities should be set on the exploitation of the full LHC programme, including a high luminosity upgrade after 2022, and on the rapid construction of a linear e+e- collider with a centre-of-mass energy around 250-350 GeV.