High energy meeting

Wed 11th April 2012

Fresh from the EGI Community Forum in Munich, GridPP attended the Institute of Physics’ annual High Energy Particle Physics group meeting in London last week. A lot of the high energy physics community are already using the GridPP infrastructure but as a joint meeting with the Astro Particle Physics group it was an opportunity to promote the resources on offer to that community.

Each year the high energy physics community gather to present their latest work and hear about the latest developments from other researchers in the field. This year the meeting was held at Queen Mary, University of London and with it being the centenary year of the discovery of cosmic rays it was the perfect time to share the event with the astro particle physics (APP) community.

As usual the first day included a town meeting with the main funding body for the HEPP group, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The recently appointed Chief Executive Officer John Womersley opened that session with plenty of discussion from the attendees during it. However the highlight of the 1st day was Prof. Don Perkins talking about the early days of cosmic ray research and his experiences in the field in 2nd half of the 20th century. Question Time at the STFC Town Meeting. Image courtesy of Marcella Bona
Question Time at the STFC Town Meeting.

The rest of the week was filled with networking, cutting edge physics, conference dinners and fruitful discussions. A lot of the research presented during the week would not be possible without the resources provided by GridPP, and its international partners wLCG and EGI. GridPP itself supports the LHC experiments and other high energy particle physics experiments. In the same way the European APP community are starting to make greater use of the European grid through experiments like The Pierre Auger Observatory, the MAGIC telescope, LOFAR and the Cherenkov Telescope array among many others. However UK involvement is low so GridPP had a stand in the exhibition area selling the benefits of grid to that community.

The meeting website can be found at http://pprc.qmul.ac.uk/research/iop-2012 with the timetable on Indico http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=175304.

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