(Reporting from the Sendai Bureau)
On October 17th, the Tohoku ILC Planning Office released an outline for the Linear Collider Workshop (LCWS) that will be held in Sendai City on October 28th – November 1st. On October 30th, they will adopt a resolution to convey the importance of building the ILC in Japan, aimed at researchers from around the world.
Explaining this in Sendai City was Prof. Atsuto Suzuki, Director of the Tohoku ILC Planning Office and President of Iwate Prefectural University, and Prof. Hitoshi Yamamoto, leader of the local organization committee and professor at the Graduate School of Science at Tohoku University.
They will adopt this resolution in anticipation of the establishment of the next European Particle Physics Strategy (for 2020-2024, to be established in May 2020), as this will greatly affect whether or not the ILC is hosted in Japan. Prof. Yamamoto said, “We will convey our message to the researchers from around the world and gin up more enthusiasm for the project within Japan.”
During LCWS, around 320 particle physicists, accelerator researchers, and other scientists will gather to discuss linear collider technology and other academic fields. On October 28th – 29th, more than 55 manufacturing companies from around Japan and the rest of the world (18 from Tohoku) will hold an exhibition on their accelerator-related technology. Local governments will share the best there is to offer from their local cuisines and sightseeing spots.
On the final day, the Tohoku ILC Promotion Council will hold a seminar, and invite Geoffrey Taylor, director of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA, members: directors from major labs from around the world).
The LCWS is held every autumn by the Linear Collider Collaboration, the organization leading the ILC project. Every year, the host changes from Asia, Europe, and North America. The last time LCWS was held in Tohoku was three years ago in 2016, in Morioka City.
The Tohoku ILC Planning Office is an organization established by the Tohoku ILC Promotion Council to carry out the planning necessary for getting the area ready to receive the ILC.