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Minutes 2014

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IUPAP WG.9 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the “GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH” in Darmstadt, July 11, 2014

Minutes

Present:   

  • Robert E. Tribble – Chair, Texas A&M, USA
  • Willem T.H. van Oers – Secretary, TRIUMF/U. of Manitoba, Canada
  • Jonathan Bagger – Director TRIUMF, Canada
  • Angela Bracco – Chair NuPECC, INFN-Milano, Italy
  • Umberto Dosselli – Director Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy
  • Hideto En’yo – Director RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, Japan
  • Donald F. Geesaman – Chair NSAC, ANL, USA
  • Dominique Guillemaud-Mueller – Deputy-Director IN2P3/CNRS, France
  • Kobus Lawrie – Acting Director i’Themba Laboratories, Zuid-Afrika
  • Alinka Lepine-Szily – Co-Chair ALAFNA, U. de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Hugh Montgomery – Director Jefferson Laboratory, USA
  • Berndt Mueller – Associate-Director BNL, USA
  • Guenther Rosner – Past-Chair NuPECC, FAIR, Germany
  • Naohito Saito – Deputy-Director J-PARC, Japan
  • Hideyuki Sakai – Chair IUPAP C12, RIKEN, Japan
  • Horst Stoecker – Director GSI, Germany
  • Yanlin Ye – Past-Chair ANPhA, Beijing University, China
  • Wenlong Zhan – Vice-President Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Regrets: 

  • Anthony W. Thomas – Past-Chair, U. of Adelaide, Australia
  • C. Konrad Gelbke – Director NSCL, USA
  • Victor A. Matveev – Director JINR-Dubna, Russia
  • Dong-Pil Min – Chair ANPhA, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Susan Seestrom – Past-Chair NSAC, USA

Absent: 

  • Dinesh Srivastava – Director  VECC, India               

Members of IUPAP C12 present as observers:

  • Wei-Ping Liu, CIAE
  • Eugenio Nappi, INFN-Bari
  • Jean-Michel Poutissou – Vice-Chair IUPAP C12, TRIUMF
  • Piet van Duppen, KU-Leuven
  • Claes Fahrlander, Lund University

With the Chair Robert E. Tribble’s expected late arrival Donald F. Geesaman agreed to act as the Chair of the AGM in the interim.

Words of Welcome by Horst Stoecker, Director of GSI
(also announced the Conference for Science and Technology at FAIR in Europe, October 13-17, 2014, in Worms, Germany)

Adoption of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the last AGM held at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati on June 1, 2013 (with one typographical correction)

Current Membership of IUPAP WG.9:
On behalf of the Executive of IUPAP WG.9, the Secretary welcomed the new members:

  • Jonathan Bagger, Director of TRIUMF, replacing Nigel Lockyer who became the Director of FNAL
  • Kobus Lawrie, Acting-Director of i’Themba Laboratories replacing Zeblon Vilakazi who became Vice-President of the University of Witwatersrand
  • Dinesh Srivastava, Director of VECC replacing Amit Roy, Director of the Inter-University Accelerator Center

Letters thanking the outgoing members for their services will be sent by the Chair.

 

IUPAP General Assembly, Singapore, November 5 – 7, 2014:
The Working Group needs to report to the General Assembly which takes place every third year. A report will be submitted by October 1 this year; the Chair is being invited to make a presentation on the activities of the Working Group.

 

IUPAP Report 41:
Following the Nuclear Science Symposium, held at Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati on May 31, 2013, the preamble to the report has been updated. It presents the roadmap for Nuclear Science for the next five to ten years. Also invitations were sent about the 92 entries in the report, giving descriptions of the nuclear science facilities and institutions, to update the present information. This resulted in 55 updated descriptions of the current 88 nuclear science facilities given in the report. IUPAP Report 41 can be found on the website:
    ( http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html )

 

Funding Situation of J-PARC:
Naohito Saito reported on the funding for the current Japanese fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). A 15% cut in the operating funds given to KEK will severely curtail the operation of the main 50 GeV (currently 30 GeV) proton synchrotron (70% reduction in beam time). In addition, due to the accounting procedures used, KEK needs to return to the government approximately $19M. However to note: the funding for operations given to JAEA are not affected. Consequently, the operation of the injector and the 3 GeV Rapid Cycling Synchrotron is not impaired and the materials and life sciences and neutron physics research programs are not affected. The Japanese government intends to fund large capital request in an open competition and as such is funding the large telescope TMT from essentially a constant envelope.
Lengthy discussions followed about what action IUPAP WG.9 could undertake in connection with this decrease in operating funds and its implications for the research efforts with the 50 GeV synchrotron. Specific information has been requested from
Saito-san.
An overview of the nuclear and particle physics at J-PARC was presented (T2K, hyper-nuclei physics program, COMET) including a description of the radiation incident that occurred on May 23, 2013, on one of the external beam-lines of the Hadron Experimental Facility (HEF) and its consequences.

 

Long Range Plans (Reports and Updates):

The actual presentations can be found on the IUPAP WG.9 website

- ALAFNA (Alinka Lepine-Szily)
The presentation gave first of all an overview of the activities in nuclear science throughout Latin-America. Secondly, on the Brazilian exchange program “Science without Borders” for science, technology, and innovation. In the first phase of this program, for 2011-2014, some 101,000 fellowships were given to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to spend a year at a foreign university, scientific institution, or industry. The program also supports scholars visiting Brazil. The second phase for the next three years will provide a further 100,000 fellowships. Thirdly, on SPRACE, the Sao Paulo Research and Analysis Center for High-Energy Physics in support of the participation in the D-Zero experiment at the Tevatron and the CMS experiment at the LHC.

- ANPhA (Hideyuki Sakai)
The presentation started with an overview of ANPhA’s reach in Asia, its governing arrangements, its annual nuclear science symposium and other meetings, followed by short descriptions of the nuclear physics facilities (existing, under construction, and planned) in India, Korea, China, and Japan. The presentation ended with the remark that cooperation in nuclear science among the Asian countries still leaves a great deal to be desired

- NSAC (Donald F. Geesaman)
The status of the planning for the 2015 Long Range Plan (LRP) was laid out; the charge from the US DoE and NSF; the formation of the LRP committee; the input required from the Division of Nuclear Physics, the various Users Organizations, the nuclear physics community at large through Town Meetings; the schedule of meetings and the writing of the report.
The DoE Isotope Program is excluded from the LRP exercise. However, it will be reviewed under an independent NSAC charge. NSAC completed two reviews in May 2014 on Neutrino-less Double Beta Decay and the U.S. NNSA program to encourage domestic production of Mo-99 and completed a report on Workforce Development in the DoE Office of Science in early July 2014.

- NuPECC (Angela Bracco)
The recommendations of the 2010 Long Range Plan; the implementation in terms of new major facilities and major upgrades of existing facilities; the planning of future major facilities; national funding and European Community funding; European Strategy Forum on Research Facilities: FAIR at GSI, Spiral2 at GANIL, AGATA; the major upgrades of existing facilities: HIE-ISOLDE at CERN, SPES at INFN-LNL, ALTO at IPNO, LUNA at INFN-LNGS; the joint research activities and networking; smaller new facilities in the planning stages: ELI in Rumania and LINCE in Spain; the very large facilities in the planning stages: ISOL@MYRRHA and EURISOL; the recently published report “Nuclear Physics for Medicine”.

- TRIUMF/NSERC (Reiner Kruecken)
The NSERC Long Range Plan for Subatomic Physics 2011-2016; the TRIUMF Long Range Plan 2015-2020; note the offset in the two Long Range Plans; the next NSERC LRP will be launched in 2015; the three Canadian National Subatomic Physics Facilities: SNOLAB, the Perimeter Institute, TRIUMF; in addition involvement in external nuclear physics programs; ISAC Rare Isotope Facility and ARIEL (10 mA, 50 MeV electron linac); future Ultra Cold Neutron facility; Nuclear Medicine; Institute for Accelerator based Medical Isotopes.

 

Electron-Ion Collider for Nuclear and Particle Physics
(Hugh Montgomery):
Following the major new Nuclear Physics Facilities in North-America (the 12 GeV Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility [upgrade completed], and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams [under construction]) progress in the field of nuclear and particle physics requires an electron-ion collider as a QCD laboratory. For the scientific rationale,
the status of the various projects, the political considerations; striving for the highest  priority in the next NSAC LRP ; see the presentation:

  ( http://www.triumf.info/hosted/iupap/icnp/index.html )

Nuclear Physics in Germany (Joachim Stroth)
   (See the above website)

 

Status of FAIR (Boris Sharkov)
    (See the above website)

 

Funding Discussions (in light of the expressed concerns about charges to be leveled to experimental groups for the operation of the facility where the experiment is being conducted) (Chair):
The concerns are most directly related to the expressed intention of FAIR to introduce these charges to the experimental groups from non-FAIR member countries intending to be part of the four major experimental programs (APPA, CBM, NUSTAR, PANDA).
Lengthy discussions followed. A sub-committee of IUPAP WG.9 was formed to formulate a statement expressing the concerns of IUPAP WG.9 (Jonathan Bagger, Dominique Guillemaud-Mueller, Hugh Montgomery, Naohito Saito, Horst Stoecker, the Chair, and Secretary).
Statement by Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, Deputy-Director General of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany):FAIR should consider following the CERN model with regards to the costs of operations. The shareholder countries should pay 70%, the non-shareholder countries - 18% from the larger countries and 12% from the smaller countries. A further note – to become a shareholder countries need to pay in 1% of the construction costs and 1% of the operating costs (roughly E 2M per year).
With these minutes is the information published on required contributions to facility operations by experimental groups, at CERN and at FAIR (the latter under discussion), as well as the statement from our sister Working Group ICFA on this topic.

 

Evaluation of the previous Nuclear Science Symposia (Chair):
The 2013 Nuclear Science Symposium has led to a rewriting of the roadmap for nuclear science for the next five to ten years and a further updating of the individual descriptions of the nuclear physics laboratories and institutes worldwide. Both can be found in IUPAP Report 41 posted on the website given above.
Even though a list of suggested discussion items (see the IUPAP WG.9 2013 Minutes) was given to Fernando Ferroni, President of INFN, as the Chair of the ‘in camera’ meeting of a fair number of Funding Agency representatives present the second day of the Nuclear Science Symposium, it did not lead to a measurable outcome of that meeting. Consequently, the better approach would be to have direct input from the Funding Agency representatives in the organization of future Nuclear Science Symposia and to have one of them to take the lead as the Chair of any meeting of Funding Agency representatives at the Symposia.
In discussions with Timothy J. Hallman, Associate Director of Science for Nuclear Physics at the DoE, a two year cycle of the Nuclear Science Symposia (instead of the triennial timeframe at the present) was suggested with a possible venue in Washington, DC for the next meeting. Various possibilities, during the period from June 1 to July 15, 2015, are at the time of this writing under consideration. The Nuclear Science Symposium and the AGM of IUPAP WG.9 are to precede the AGM of IUPAP C12.      

 

Tour of GSI:
In the early afternoon a tour of the GSI facilities was organized for all present at the AGM.

 

Other initiatives by IUPAP WG.9:
A possible topic for discussion at the next AGM.

 

The IUPAP WG.9 AGM ended with a working dinner hosted by GSI; thanks are expressed to Horst Stoecker, Director of GSI, and the staff of GSI for the kind hospitality provided at GSI and at Egelsbach.

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TRIUMF, Vancouver, BC, August 1, 2014

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



   
 
 
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