July 28, 2020 to August 6, 2020
virtual conference
Europe/Prague timezone

Newsletter - August 5

Today’s premiere sessions begin at 08:00 CEST to be convenient for attendees based in Asia and Oceania.

Message from the Director: The outreach program

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I want to highlight the public events that continue today. We can look forward to “The Big Bang Stage” from 14:00-20:00 CEST followed by “Universal Science” in the evening - details are below. If I can give a tip for today, I would invite you to watch the premiere of the great movie “A Day with Particles” at 15:00 CEST. Why particularly this event? I witnessed its shooting by colleagues from our department, saw the pre-premiere, and enjoyed it very much. The pace of their work reminded me of the preparation of experimental conference notes for ICHEP - Oh yes, the deadline-driven mode many of us know so well. As we can see at the conference, the premiere is always better than the replay and - importantly - you won't miss the discussion panels.

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Recommended by… Sheldon Stone, Syracuse University

Today, we will be treated to a summary of rare decays of s, c, b quarks, and charged leptons. In b decays some of these decays show deviations with the Standard Model; sometimes these are called “anomalies”. You will have to judge your own level of confidence in these 2-3 σ effects. Also, I hear that a new world average for the branching ratio of Bs→ μ+μ- will be revealed (see the talks of Amhis, Ruggerio, and Mori). Could this decay also be added to the anomaly column? Theoretical reviews will follow (Hiller). I wouldn’t miss the discussion session that follows on these topics, links here. (Also, the Detector R&D talk by Collins should be quite informative.)

ICHEP2020 for the General Public

As part of ICHEP2020, we have prepared a very rich programme for the general public. Despite being online, we will offer the opportunity to virtually visit the ATLAS experiment, live one day of a particle physicist, participate in a workshop and experiment with phase transitions*, get to know about a technology protecting rainforests against illegal logging, have some beer and learn about its wonderful properties**, chat with an Astronaut and explore the Universality of Science***. Please, help us spread the information about The Big Bang Stage and the Universal Science events!
*Disclaimer: quark-gluon plasma will not be involved. **Its best property is the taste! ***If you haven’t done so, yet...

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Video interview with … Steven Goldfarb, IPPOG Chair

Why should scientists be involved in public engagement? Steven Goldfarb answers this and other questions by CERN’s Rachel Bray. Did you know particle physics outreach has its own body? Steve is a chair of it and it's called the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, IPPOG.

What you missed yesterday

We had our first discussion panels yesterday - thank you very much to the panelists and chairs, and to everyone who participated. The lively debates spanned a breadth of topics from the latest results from the LHC experiments to developments in cosmology and astro-particle physics. Do not miss the discussion sessions today from 13:30 CEST.

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View of an Early Career Scientist: Heidi Maria Rytkönen

I'm a PhD student at the University of Jyväskylä and I work on the ALICE experiment. I'm particularly interested in the instrumentation of particle detectors. For ICHEP2020 I prepared a poster and when the format changed to short talks I have to say that I did spend a good amount of time to prepare, to squeeze everything you want to say into a couple of minutes was not that easy! But it is important for young scientists to be able to speak to a wider audience to gain experience so I was grateful to get an opportunity to present my work. The conference itself has been a fun experience, there have been many interesting topics to follow. The organizers have done great work to change a conference this big to a fully online one.