Bad Honnef strategy session concludes

27 January 2020
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, venue for the drafting session of the European strategy for particle physics. Credit: Wikicommons/Birds-eye

Following a week of discussions, the European Strategy Group has released a statement reporting convergence on recommendations to guide the future of high-energy physics in Europe. The 60-or-so delegates, among them scientific representatives from each of CERN’s member and associate-member states, directors and representatives of major European laboratories and organisations, and invitees from outside Europe, now return home. Their recommendations will be presented to the CERN Council in March and made public at an event in Budapest, Hungary, on 25 May.

Statement from the European Strategy Group after the Bad Honnef drafting meeting, 25 January

The drafting session of the European Strategy Group preparing the next European Particle Physics Strategy Update took place in Bad Honnef (Germany) between 21-25 January 2020. After a week of fruitful discussions involving senior figures of European and international particle physics, convergence was achieved on recommendations that will guide the future of the field.

The drafting session marks a key stage of the strategy update process. The attendees of the Bad Honnef drafting session successfully carried out their ambitious task of identifying a set of priorities and recommendations. They built on the impressive progress made since the last update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, in 2013, and the rich input received from the entire particle physics community in the current update process.

The next step in this process will be to submit the document outlining the recommendations to the CERN Council. It will be discussed by the Council in March and submitted for final approval at an extraordinary Council Session on 25 May, in Budapest, Hungary. Once approved, it can be made public.

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