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Minutes of the IUPAP Working Group (WG.9) on International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics (ICNP) Annual General Meeting, held at the Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, on August 30, 2009.


  • Anthony W. Thomas (Chair) - JLab USA
  • Willem T.H. van Oers (Secretary) - Manitoba/TRIUMF Canada
  • Samuel H. Aronson BNL USA
  • Brian Fulton (Past-Chair NuPECC) - York University UK
  • Sidney Gales - IN2P3/GANIL France
  • Alinka Lepine-Szily - Universidade de Sao Paulo Brazil
  • Tohru Motobayashi - RIKEN Japan
  • Shoji Nagamiya - J-Parc Japan
  • Jean-Michel Poutissou - TRIUMF Canada
  • Dan-Olof Riska (Chair IUPAP-C12) - University of Helsinki Finland
  • Guenther Rosner (Chair NuPECC) - University of Glasgow UK
  • Hideyuki Sakai (Chair ANPhA) - University of Tokyo Japan
  • Susan Seestrom (Chair NSAC) - LANL USA
  • Horst Stoecker - GSI Germany
  • Robert Tribble (Past-Chair NSAC) - Texas A&M University USA

Present with observer status:

  • Donald F. Geesaman - ANL USA
  • Muhsin N. Harakeh - KVI the Netherlands
  • Seung-Woo Hong (for Dong-Pil Min) - SungKyonKwang University Korea
  • Weiping Liu (for Wenlong Zhan) - China Institute of Atomic Energy - (CIAE) PRoC
  • Bikash Sinha - VECC-Kolkata India
  • Michael Thoennessen (for C. Konrad Gelbke) - NSCL USA
  • James Ritman - FZ-Juelich Germany
  • Rudolf Maier - FZ-Juelich Germany
  • Hans Stroeher - FZ-Juelich Germany


  • C. Konrad Gelbke - NSCL USA
  • Victor A. Matveev - INR-Moscow Russia
  • Dong-Pil Min - Korea research Council
  • Wenlong Zhan - IMP-Lanzhou PRoC

The meeting was opened by the Chair, Anthony W. Thomas, who expressed his thanks to the Directors of the IKP, James Ritman, Rudolf Maier, Ulf-G. Meissner, and Hans Stroeher, for all the arrangements made holding and hosting the two IUPAP meetings; he recognized that most members of the Working Group had travelled a long way to participate but without their presence it would be difficult to make headway in the goals of the Working Group.

Words of welcome were expressed by the Managing-Director of the IKP, James Ritman, presenting first an overview of the nuclear and particle physics research at the COoler SYnchrotron (COSY) leading to a future research program at FAIR of GSI. In particular he described the research on symmetries and spectroscopy to elucidate QCD and the development of the tools for FAIR: the PANDA detector and the High Energy Storage Ring (HESR) with polarized antiproton beams. He then went on to describe the Forschungszentrum Juelich, funded by the Federal Government of Germany and the State of NordRhein-Westfalen, and its mission within the context of Germany's scientific research efforts. Questions were raised on the time line for COSY operations due to the delays in the construction of FAIR: COSY operations are essential to the hadron physics community.

Approval of the agenda with an addition relating to the requests for financial support by the large particle and nuclear physics conferences.

 Approval of the Minutes of the 2008 Annual general Meeting, held at CERN on May 29, 2008.

 The Chair reported on the progress towards implementing the recommendations made by the OECD Global Science Forum's Working Group on Nuclear Physics which concerned IUPAP WG.9 - in particular the third and fourth recommendations and the sixth and eighth recommendations. A major step forward is the formation of the Asian Nuclear Physics Association (ANPhA) to complement NSAC and NuPECC. There are also initiatives to establish a similar body for Latin-America with a first gathering of Latin-American nuclear physicists to discuss this at the VIII Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications at Santiago, Chile, December 15-19, 2009.

The Secretary reported on updating the electronic version of IUPAP Report 41 "Research Facilties in Nuclear Physics". After some discussion it was decided that updates of the individual entries of the 88 nuclear physics facilities will take place every two years, while updates of the description of the forefront challenging nuclear physics issues or of the roadmap for nuclear physics will be done every four years. The original version of IUPAP Report 41 dates from April 12, 2007, while the original electronic version dates from July 9, 2007. The updated electronic version can be found at

 A formal arrangement for the submission of future long range planning reports by IUPAP WG.9 to the funding agencies and science administrators in government is still pending now that the Chair of the OECD Global Science Forum's Working Group on Nuclear Physics has been appointed to another position in the US DoE. Nevertheless, IUPAP WG.9 is proposing to organize triannual two-day symposia (ideally just preceding the triannual International Nuclear Physics Conferences) with invitations to the large nuclear physics laboratories to present their current and future thrusts in nuclear physics research and the plans for large scale new or to be upgraded facilities.

Reports on:

'International User Facilty Access' (Jean-Michel Poutissou, Alinka Lepine-Szily, Tohru Motobayashi) The report from this sub-committee makes extensively use of a set of recommendations by IAEA.

'Transnational Funding of Equipment and Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics Research' (Sidney Gales, Muhsin N.Harakeh,Robert Tribble) The report describes the European funding possibilities through ERANET-NuPNET (its first call for proposals was in 2007)

'Future Rare Isotope Beam Facilities' (Brian Fulton, Guenther Rosner, Sidney Gales) The report describes existing FRIB's, those currentlyunder construction or having upgrades, and those planned for the future culminating in the proposed EURISOL.

'Future Electron-Ion Colliders' (Samuel H. Aronson, Anthony W. Thomas)The report gives a short summary of the physics needs for an electron-ion collider and presents the current conceptual and design efforts at BNL (eRHIC) and JLab (ELIC). A much higher energy would be LHeC at CERN. The complementarity of the proposed facilities was stressed.

All four reports from the subcommittees of IUPAP WG.9 can be found on the website:

Report on:

'Nuclear Astrophysics Underground' (Robert Tribble) The presentation describes the scientific questions (on stellar evolution and neutrino sources and the origin of the elements) and the rationale for going deep underground, i.e., the quest of a very low background environment with a very high intensity low energy accelerator. Only a few such laboratories exist to date, however, several are planned for the near future. Presentation can be found on the website given above.

Reports from the Chairs of

  • NSAC (Nuclear Physics and Isotopes, FRIB, DUSEL) - Susan Seestrom
  • NuPECC (NuPECC, European Science Foundation, Funding Programs, new Long Range Plan in 2010) - Guenther Rosner
  • ANPhA (Formation, China/Japan/Korea/Vietnam, invitations to Australia, India, RoC, Thailand) - Shoji Nagamiya
  • on TRIUMF and NSERC new Longe Range Plan in 2011) - Jean-Michel Poutissou
  • on Facility construction in China - Weiping Liu
  • on Facility construction in Korea (FRIB) - Seung-Woo Hong

Also these reports can be found on the website mentionmed above.

Report on Nuclear Physics Cooperation and Collaborations in Latin-America (South-America/Central-America/Mexico, discussions on going, VIII Latin-American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and its Applications) - Alinka Lepine-Szily.

The Working Group officially approved the proposal to organize a two day IUPAP WG.9 Symposium on July 2 -3, 2010, at TRIUMF, in Vancouver, BC, preceding the International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2010). The symposium would address the current and future thrusts in nuclear physics worldwide as well as the facilities required. The emphasis will be on the large nuclear physics laboratories/facilities with invitations to the directors of these facilities/laboratories. Funding Agency representatives and/or Science Administrators will be invited to attend on an informal basis. That is, they will be free to attend and participate fully but will have no formal role. The structure of the symposium will see three half days devoted respectively to:

  • Asia to be organized by Hideyuki Sakai, Seung-Woo Hong, Weiping Liu, and Bikash Sinha
  • Europe to be organized by Guenther Rosner, Brian Fulton, and Sidney Gales
  • North-America to be organized by Susan Seestrom, Robert Tribble and Jean-Michel Poutissou

The final afternoon is still to be decided but may include a discussion of the contents of the brief to be submitted to the Funding Agencies/Science Administrators.

The Chair raised the issue of formalizing the composition and rotation of the membership of IUPAP WG.9. Following discussions about the procedures followed by ICFA and the constraints imposed by the desired continuity and more importantly that IUPAP WG.9 has direct input to the management of the large nuclear physics facilities and is truly representative of the worldwide nuclear physics community, Brian Fulton was asked to create a first draft based upon the discussions.

After various email exchanges the following was arrived at for the composition of WG.9:

  • Chair and Past-Chair of IUPAP WG.9
  • Secretary of IUPAP WG.9
  • Chair of IUPAP C12
  • Chair and (immediate) Past-Chair of NSAC
  • Chair and (immediate) Past-Chair of NuPECC
  • Chair and (immediate) Past Chair of ANPhA
  • up to 12 additional members

The Chair and Secretary are elected by the Working Group.
The Chair will serve for a period of three years and may be re-elected for one additional period. The Secretary may be re-elected and serves at the pleasure of the Working Group.
The NSAC, NuPECC, and ANPhA members change according the changeover arrangements that exist for those committees.
The other members are appointed by the Working Group and will each serve for three years, with the possibility of continuation for one additional three year period.
It is the aim that members will be Directors of the major nuclear physics laboratories or have similar management positions.
In making appointments the Working Group will endeavor to maintain an appropriate balance as to gender, region, scientific expertise, and theory/experiment. A guideline (NOT a prescription) for regional balance is given below, based on the size of the regional communitiesidentified in the OECD Global Science Forum's report. This guidelinecan be expected to change as the community evolves and new facilities come on line:

  • 3 from Asia/Pacific
  • 3 from Europe
  • 1 from India
  • 3 from North-America
  • 1 from South-America
  • 1 from Russia

One of the suggestions for a representative from India was Amit Roy, Director Nuclear Science Center, New Delhi.

Shoji Nagamiya raised the question on how to deal with the requests for financial support by the major nuclear physics conferences. The first point made was that such financial support, if given, should be earmarked to assist the younger scientists (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) and in particular those from the developing nations to participate in the conference or symposium. It was up to the individual laboratories on how to respond to the requests. It was also noted that ICFA does not have a tradition of financial support given to conferences or symposia. 

To give the participants of the IUPAP WG.9 meeting an impression of the local facility, the 3 GeV COoler SYnchrotron COSY, a tour was arranged in the one and a half hour before the working dinner.

The WG.9 meeting was concluded by a working dinner at the Hotel Kaiserhof in Juelich hosted by IUPAP and FZ-Juelich. The Chair thanked all present for their participation in the meeting and the hosts for their very kind hospitality and for all the arrangements made.

All presentations made at the meeting are posted on the website:


TRIUMF, October 9, 2009
Willem T.H. van Oers
Secretary of IUPAP WG.9           


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