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UPAP WG.9 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, in Frascati, June 1, 2013

Minutes

Present:  Robert E. Tribble – Chair 
              Anthony W. Thomas – Past-Chair
              Willem T.H. van Oers – Secretary
               Angela Bracco – Chair of NuPECC
               Umberto Dosselli – Director Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
               Hideto En’yo – Director RIKEN
               Donald F. Geesaman – Chair of NSAC
               Alinka Lepine-Szily – Co-Chair of ALAFNA
               Dong-Pil Min – Ambassador for Science, RoK
               Berndt Mueller – Associate Director BNL
               Hugh Montgomery – Director Jefferson Laboratory
               Jean-Michel Poutissou – TRIUMF (for Nigel Lockyer)
               Guenther Rosner – Past-Chair NuPECC
               Amit Roy – Director IUAC
               Hideyuki Sakai – Chair IUPAP-C12
               Susan Seestrom – Past-Chair of NSAC
               Horst Stoecker – Director GSI
               Zeblon Vilakazi – Director i’Themba Laboratories
               Wenlong Zhan – Vice-President Chinese Academy of Sciences, IMP-Lanzhou

Regrets:  C. Konrad Gelbke – Director NSCL
               Dominique Guillemaud-Mueller – Deputy Director IN2P3/CNRS_
               Nigel Lockyer – Director TRIUMF
               Naohito Saito – Deputy-Director J-PARC
               Yanlin Ye – Chair ANPhA

Absent:  Victor A. Matveev – Director JINR               

C12 Observers present: Wei-Ping Liu
                                  Eugenio Nappi
                                  others

Adoption of the Agenda and
Approval of the Minutes of the previous AGM held at RIKEN, Nishina Research Center, Wako, Japan, on August 17, 2012

Report by the Chair:
The Chair reported on the need of updating the electronic version of IUPAP Report 41 with a new outline for Nuclear Physics
The Introduction will consist of an Executive Summary followed by seven sections reflecting the presentations of the Nuclear Science Symposium ( please see:
   http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html )
The request made to those who made these presentations at the Nuclear Science Symposium is: to contribute three to four page synopses as upgrades to the Introduction of IUPAP Report 41 with a deadline of August 1, 2013. Starting this fall requests will go out to all laboratories with entries in IUPAP Report 41 to update their entries.
 
The 2013 Nuclear Science Symposium:
The symposium is organized in the context of the mandate given to the IUPAP Working Group WG.9 by the OECD Global Science Forum (Stefan Michalowski, Executive Secretary of the OECD Global Science Forum, was informed about the symposium). This second symposium is arranged by IUPAP WG.9 as a meeting point of lead stakeholders in nuclear science worldwide, of laboratory directors, and of nuclear science administrators/government representatives. A list of the latter is given in Addendum 1. Direct information exchange with the European Union’s ‘European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures’ (ESFRI) with its connection to the Council of Science Ministers was planned, but in the end, not possible due to the inability of Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung, to attend the symposium.
The symposium is organized to give an overview of the important nuclear science questions, discuss how these are addressed by the major nuclear physics laboratories, review the smaller regional facilities and how these fit into the overall picture for nuclear physics, describe the many applications of the field to the benefit of society, discuss the current energy question, and to discuss the funding models for the large international facilities.
As part of the Nuclear Science Symposium there were ‘in camera’ meetings of nuclear science administrators/government representatives. The following discussion points were suggested by IUPAP WG.9:

  • Charges to the users of a facility for the operation of that facility, which has never been the modus operandi except for CERN, in which case, its member states through funding of the laboratory provided for the operating costs. In the situation in which this becomes the norm it would have as a consequence considerable impact on the pattern of usage of nuclear physics facilities.
  • What could be done for younger scientists of developing nations, with few financial resources, to actively contribute and participate in experiments at the large nuclear physics facilities?
  • What could be done to strengthen international cooperation in setting up R&D infrastructures for major research efforts at the large nuclear physics facilities required for future research endeavors?

Report at the IUPAP C&CC meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 21-22, 2012:
The Secretary will post the report on the activities of IUPAP WG.9 during 2012 at:
    http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html  

Composition of IUPAP WG.9:
The Chair also reported on the current composition of IUPAP WG.9 and thanked the outgoing member Samuel Aronson for his many contributions to making IUPAP WG.9 an important instrument for nuclear science worldwide (a letter on behalf of all members of IUPAP WG.9 has been sent). He has been replaced by Berndt Mueller, Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics, at BNL following various correspondence regarding representation of BNL on IUPAP WG.9 and expertise expected in the field of nuclear physics. The updated list of members of IUPAP WG.9 can be found at
   http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html 
under ‘Current Membership’. Older entries on the IUPAP website (distinct from the IUPAP WG.9 website) about the membership of IUPAP WG.9 need to be revised by the IUPAP Secretariat.
A discussion followed about expanding the membership of IUPAP WG.9 with representatives of various subgroups at the large laboratories. A motion not to expand the
current membership of IUPAP WG.9 at this time was accepted unanimously.

NSAC LRP 2007:
Following the submission of the Tribble NSAC Subcommittee Report to the US DoE and US NSF, reflecting the current difficult funding situation for Nuclear Physics in the USA, a missive was sent to Steven Chu, then Secretary of Energy, on behalf of the IUPAP Working Group WG.9 in strong support of the US nuclear physics enterprise. This missive and the reply received from William Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science, DoE, are posted at
   http://www.triumf.info/hosted/icnp/index.html
 under ‘NSAC 2007 LRP’ .

Long Range Plans for Nuclear Science:
Presentations were given on the Long Range Plans of ANPhA, NSAC, NSERC/TRIUMF, and NuPECC. The presentations proper can be found at the above website  
   http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html  under ’Meetings’.

The Relations between ICFA, Linear Collider Board, Linear Collider Collaboration, and FALC : Possibilities for IUPAP WG.9:
A very comprehensive description of the various activities stemming from ICFA was presented by Amit Roy. This causes pause for IUPAP WG.9 and perhaps a contemplation of possible further initiatives by IUPAP WG.9. It is hoped that Amit Roy will introduce these discussions at the next AGM of IUPAP WG.9

Report on Nuclear Science in Latin-America:
ALAFNA (Associacion Latino Americana de Fisica Nuclear y Aplicaciones) has been formed with a statute and bylaws. Chairs are Alinka Lepine-Szily from Brazil and Andres J. Kreiner from Argentina. It is organizing symposia and workshops on a regular basis through out Latin-America and stimulates increased participation in these from Europe and North-America. Next scheduled are the 10th Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications, Montevideo, Uruguay, December 1- 6, 2013 and the Annual Nuclear Physics Symposium in Maresias, SP, Brazil, September 1- 5, 2013. Brazil has a collaborative agreement (Science without Borders) with a great number of countries to place in four years 101,000 graduate and undergraduate students at universities in those countries and to attract scientists from abroad to spend 4 to 6 months in Brazil. (please see:
   (http://www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br/web/csf/o-programa ).
To note in terms of facilities are: a 14C-AMS facility at UFFN, Niteroi, Brazil, a 20MV Tandem Accelerator in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Radioactive Ion Beam facility in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. (See the website for the presentation.)

 Report on Nuclear Science in Africa:
Nuclear Physics on the African continent was discussed by Zeblon Vilakazi of i’Themba Laboratories with a 200 MeV open-sector cyclotron for basic and applied nuclear physics
(including a proton-therapy facility). Other accelerators for nuclear physics can be found in Egypt, Algeria, and Nigeria. Initiatives to foster collaborations within Africa have been launched. Workshops and Summer Schools are being organized on a regular basis. To note is the development of a Rare Isotope Beam facility at the i’Themba Laboratories. (See the website for the presentation.)

Funding Discussions:
The implications of the proposal by FAIR to have the Users Groups share in the costs of operating the FAIR facility were discussed. A majority of those present was concerned about the impact of this approach on the broad participation in experimental nuclear physics, not only by the industrialized countries but also by the developing countries. At the nuclear physics facilities it has been traditionally agreed that the costs of operation of the accelerator and the beam lines is to be borne by the laboratory while the costs of mounting and running of the experiments may be borne in part by the experimenters. The current discussions at GSI would see the costs of operation of the FAIR facility being carried by the defined share-holders of FAIR. The topic of paying for the operating costs of nuclear physics facilities had been suggested for discussion at the ‘in camera’ meeting of nuclear science administrators/government representatives (see above)

Next Meeting:
With the IUPAP WG.9 AGM in 2010 at TRIUMF in Vancouver, BC, the 2011 AGM at MIT in Boston, MA, and the 2012 AGM at RIKEN in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2013 Nuclear Science Symposium and IUPAP WG.9 AGM at LNF-INFN and with no major nuclear physics conferences either in the Americas or in Asia at an appropriate time, it was decided to have both the IUPAP WG.9 and the IUPAP C12 meeting on successive days in the Frankfurt area either on July 11-12 or June 20-21, 2014. To keep the time needed to attend these meetings for many of the members of IUPAP WG.9 to a minimum the central location of Frankfurt, Germany, was chosen.

Thanks are expressed for the hospitality provided by the host institution - Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (INFN).

Addendum 1

Funding Agency/Government Representatives

Parveer Astana, Ministery of Science and Education, India   [Regrets]
Isabelle Blain, NSERC, Canada
Fernando Ferroni, INFN, Italy
Michel Garcon, Irfu/SPhN-CEA, France
Dominique Guillemaud-Mueller, IN2P3-CNRS, France    [Regrets]
Timothy Hallman, US Department of Energy
Katsuhiko Hara, MEXT, Japan   [Regrets]
Dong-Pil Min, Ambasssador for Science, RoK
Eugenio Nappi, INFN, Italy
Janet Seed, STFC, UK
Antonio Jose Roque da Silva, FASESP, Brazil
Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, BMBF, Germany   [Regrets]
Danial Wayner, NRC, Canada
Wenlong Zhan, IMP/CAS, China

 

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TRIUMF, Vancouver, BC, June 17, 2013

Willem T.H. van Oers, secretary of IUPAP WG.9                

      



   
 
 
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