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Liangjian Wen | IHEP | China

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ISSP11 (I) — Forewords

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It is more than two months since my first blogging. There were several events that could be good topics for blogging, such as the Chinese traditional dragon boat festival, the launching of the AMS detector, the recent indication of a large theta13 by the T2K accelerator neutrino experiment, etc. However, I was fully occupied and even not have a chance to write one word. This is not so good as a blogger. I need write something down. Let me start with a recent interesting event—ISSP.

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When walking on the small path of Erice (a beautiful town in Sicily, Italy) and breathing the mixture atmosphere from Mediterranean and this old town, I believe I’m back to here again. This is my second time to be Erice to participate in the International School of Subnuclear Physics (ISSP). This year is the first of the three devoted to the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Subnuclear Physics School. Why the celebration will be during three year? The school was first started in 1961 by Prof. Antonino Zichichi and John Bell at CERN and formally established in 1962 with Bell, Blackett, Weisskopf and Rabi in Geneva (CERN); the first Course at Erice being in June 1963. So they have three celebrations.

 ISSP is a high level school, under <ETTORE MAJORANA> Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (EMFCSC). Experimental physicists like to talk about numbers. Here are some about the EMFCSC activities since 1963:

123 schools, 1,497 courses, 103,484 participants (124 of which NOBEL Laureates) coming from 932 universities and laboratories of 140 nations

 ISSP is also very interesting. At the end of the School twenty-three Diplomas will be awarded to the Best New Talents by a Committee composed by the Lecturers and the Invited Scientists. Each Deploma is named after a late physicist, to stimulate the young talents. It is really like a ‘school’, rather than the summer school I’ve participated or heard.

It will be a great enjoyment to discuss physics with the  top physicists, S. Ting, A. Zichichi, G. ‘t Hooft, H. Fritzsch, P. Minkowski, M. J. Tannenbaum, etc.

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