It will definitely be an exciting three days because this conference is dedicated solely to promoting the partnership and collaboration between experimentalists and theorists. For experimentalists, this is a grand opportunity to learn about new theories that may actually be testable at the Large Hadron Collider; it is also a chance to learn about new ways to test well-known ideas. Similarly, for theorists, this is an opportunity to learn about the fine details of a particular study for new physics. It is one thing to rule out the existence of certain particles (like squarks!); it is an entirely separate situation if there were special caveats were assumed (like most every search for squarks!).
From Tokyo, to Hawaii, to Heidelberg, hundreds of particle physicists from around the world are assembling for what will be a great melding of minds. Even a couple fellow QDers, including Flip Tanedo and Corrinne Mills, will be in attendance. In fact, Corinne has the star-studded honor of being first talk and will be presenting the latest Standard Model results from the ATLAS and CMS experiments. (Good luck!)
– richard (@bravelittlemuon)
PS, The detector experiments have already received 1 fb-1 worth of proton-proton collisions.