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Science meet concludes

THE FOURTH Asian Particle Accelerator Conference (APAC) 2007 concluded at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) on Friday with an announcement to hold next APAC at Kyoto International Conference Centre in Japan from May 24-28, 2010, where about 1,000 researchers from Asia, North America and Europe are expected to take part.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 20:55 IST

THE FOURTH Asian Particle Accelerator Conference (APAC) 2007 concluded at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) on Friday with an announcement to hold next APAC at Kyoto International Conference Centre in Japan from May 24-28, 2010, where about 1,000 researchers from Asia, North America and Europe are expected to take part.

This is the same conference centre where the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed in 1997.

In another announcement, Dr Zhang Chuang from Institute High Energy Physics, Beijing, was made the chairman of Asian Committee for Future Accelerators (ACFA) for next two years. He replaced Dr Shin-ichi Kurokawa, the professor and deputy director of accelerator laboratory at High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation, Japan.

APAC-2007 saw 353 scientists from Asia, Europe and North America taking part and exchanging ideas on accelerators and allied subjects.

At the concluding session, Brookhaven National Laboratory (US) associate chairman for super conducting accelerator Dr I Ben-Zvi and CERN (Switzerland) accelerator and beam deputy department leader Dr Jeane-Pierre Delahaye hailed it as one of the most successful conferences that exposed scientists to new ideas.

When asked about the outcome of the APAC-2007, RRCAT Director Dr Vinod Chandra Sahni said it provided opportunity to look at different ways for solutions and the horizons that lie beyond particle physics. “The mutual relationship built at the conference will help in breaking new ground,” he remarked.

APAC started in 1998 from Japan under the auspices of ACFA and since then the conference is held every third year in different countries of Asia. India has held it for the first time. The previous APAC was held in China in 2001.