Monday, June 17, 2024

CERN and the United States Agree to Collaborate with Joint Statement of Intent

CERN and US Sign Joint Statement on Future Research Infrastructures and Open Science

CERN and the US government have joined forces to plan for the future of large research infrastructures, advanced scientific computing, and open science. In a historic signing ceremony in Washington DC, CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti and Principal Deputy US Chief Technology Officer Deirdre Mulligan came together to solidify their commitment to collaboration in the field of nuclear and particle physics.

The Joint Statement of Intent outlines a shared vision for the development of resource-intensive facilities that will pave the way for cutting-edge research in accelerator technologies. One of the key focal points of the agreement is the proposed Future Circular Collider, FCC-ee, which aims to push the boundaries of scientific discovery by colliding electrons and positrons to create Higgs bosons. The US has expressed its intent to work closely with CERN on the construction and operation of the FCC-ee, pending necessary approvals.

Furthermore, the partnership will explore the integration of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence into particle physics research, emphasizing the importance of equitable access to open research and scholarship on a global scale. With plans underway for strategic updates to both US and European particle physics initiatives, the collaboration between CERN and the US signifies a significant step towards advancing scientific knowledge and fostering international cooperation in the field of high-energy physics.

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