From December 5-9, the 2016 LCWS conference was held in Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Over 300 scientists and researchers gathered in Morioka, which was only a few hours’ drive away from the Kitakami candidate site for the ILC. During the week of LCWS, there were a number of workshops, presentations, and cultural events held, as well as a symposium for local residents, an exchange between students and researchers, and an industrial session where Japanese companies showcased their technology. There was also a visit to the candidate site for the ILC in the Kitakami mountains. All of this propelled us forward on the next step in realizing the ILC in Japan.
We’ve gathered translations of local newspaper articles as well as photographs of the LCWS week. Please click pictures to get a larger version.
For a look at the workshop itself, please visit the following links:
Pictures & newspaper translations also contributed by Anna Thomas (Oshu City ILC Promotion Division) and Nate Hill (Ichinoseki City ILC Promotion Division)
“The stable bedrock of the Kitakami site has sat quietly and untouched for a hundred million years. It is a precious treasure from Mother Earth that has been given to us for the future of mankind. The ILC will be a deeply significant project that will allow us to transcend borders as researchers from around the world come to the area to do their research.
Science was born and continues to develop from from the interaction between man and nature. Iwate, with our ideals of coexistence with nature and our rich culture, is truly a perfect site for your research. Iwate will work with you using everything in our power to realize the ILC.”
-Takuya Tasso, Governor of Iwate – opening plenary remarks
All Iwate Fair
“Introducing Local Flavor at LCWS 2016 (Heian Costumes with Oshu City)” from Tanko Nichinichi
“There were around 270 LCWS participants in attendance and 50 people related to the realization of ILC in the Tohoku. The five students greeted everyone in English, and then confidently spoke about the region that would host the ILC as well as their own dreams.
Momoyo Sugawara (3rd year at Mizusawa MS, Oshu City) said, “The ILC will contribute to the progress of science and technology, and have a good effect on the economy. As people from around the whole world work together, this will also lead to peace.”
…Read the rest at “I want to learn about the origins of the universe” – Five middle school students talk about their dreams (and threw in some English as well!)” from Iwate Nippo
Prefectural Citizen’s Assembly on the ILC
…Read the rest at “ILC symposium for local residents held during LCWS” from Iwate Nichinichi
LCC Press Conference
Exhibition of local companies
“This exhibit includes domestic and overseas accelerated-related industries and civil engineering and construction companies…According to Office of Science and ILC Promotion Director Ikuo Kumagai, “We do want to appeal to researchers, but we also planned this exhibit so that businesses from Iwate and elsewhere could exchange information, and so this could become an opportunity for technical cooperation and collaboration in preparation for the ILC’s construction. We also want residents of Iwate to come and see the exhibit and be interested in the ILC which will be built with cutting-edge technologies.””
“Technology Supporting Research Facilities: Exhibition of 53 Companies from Iwate, Others (LCWS Venue)” from Tanko Nichinichi
On December 6th, the industrial session was held as part of the LCWS 2016 program, with accelerator industry enterprises from throughout Japan and the rest of the world that showcased their technology. Around 200 researchers and representatives of related organizations attended. Along with showcasing company technology this was also an opportunity for exchange with researchers.
Industrial Session Reception
On Tuesday, December 6th, a reception was held following the Industrial Session. Around 250 people attended, from researchers to representatives of related organizations. At the event, members of the Miss Sansa team performed the traditional Sansa Odori dance to great applause. And the local sake was a big hit among foreign researchers!
Exchange event between local students and researchers
Read more at “Iwate Middle/High School Students Meet Linear Collider Researchers at International Conference in Morioka” from Iwate Nippo
Tour of the Kitakami site
“Some 350 researchers and staff from universities and particle physics institutes in 22 countries and regions around the world gathered for LCWS 2016, and about 100 of these took part in the bus tour to the candidate site, which included looking over the landscape in Daito near the proposed route for the ILC.
Participants also made a stop at the Ohara Civic Center, where granite boring samples, geological data, and 3D glasses for use with a large map of the Kitakami Mountains were on display, as were panels of local efforts being made to prepare for the ILC.”
Read more at “Visit by LCWS participants to the ILC candidate site” from Iwate Nichinichi
Other LCWS-related materials
・Discussing staging strategies for the ILC – LCC Discussion (Iwate Nippo)
・ILC symposium for local residents held during LCWS (Iwate Nichinichi)
・Visit by LCWS participants to the ILC candidate site (Iwate Nichinichi)
…And check out the English articles put out by Iwate Nippo during the week of LCWS! (thanks to Ichinoseki and the ILC on Facebook)
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