Global Particle Accelerator Community Descends on Copenhagen for IPAC ’17

May 10, 2017
IPAC '17.
More than 1,400 scientists, engineers, students and industrial representatives will gather in Copenhagen’s Bella Center from May 14-19 for the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference, hosted by the European Spallation Source.
IPAC '17 Committee Chairs, from top, Gianluigi Arduini (CERN, EPS), Mike Seidel (PSI) and Mats Lindroos (ESS).
COPENHAGEN and LUND—More than 1,400 members of the global particle accelerator community will converge in Copenhagen next week as the European Spallation Source (ESS) hosts the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC ’17) May 14-19. ESS and co-hosts MAX IV Laboratory and Aarhus University (AU) will welcome a record number of delegates from 40 nations to Copenhagen’s Bella Center for a full week of programming.
“The IPAC series is well established as the major event bringing together scientists, engineers, students and industrial representatives from around the world,” says IPAC ’17 Organising Committee Chair Gianluigi Arduini, of CERN, who serves as chair of the European Physical Society’s Accelerator Group. “IPAC ’17 continues along this tradition while exploring new means of enhancing the outreach of the accelerator community and reinforcing its visibility. The city of Copenhagen and the surrounding region across Denmark and Sweden, with its tradition of dynamism, innovation and collaboration, could not be a more appropriate scenario for this event.”
Danish Minister of Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education Søren Pind and Swedish State Secretary to the Minister for Higher Education and Research Karin Röding will officially open the proceedings on Monday morning. ESS Director General John Womersley will also be on hand to welcome the delegates.
High Standard of Excellence and Increased Emphasis on Industry and Students
The annual conference has a reputation for a high standard of excellence. At its core is a scientific programme that includes around 100 invited and contributed talks culled from more than 2,000 abstracts submitted by scientists and engineers the world over.
“The programme committee has carefully constructed this programme to collectively cover a broad range of expertise representing all regions of the world. With the experience gained over the years, a high standard for the conference proceedings is well-established,” says Scientific Programme Committee Chair Mike Seidel of Switzerland’s Paul Scherrer Institute.
The event also includes a nearly sold-out public lecture at Copenhagen City Hall; an Industry Exhibition that will feature 115 companies from 16 different nations; and it will open on Sunday afternoon with a Special Poster Session for Students.
“We’re thrilled about this year’s Industry Exhibition,” says Local Organising Committee Chair Mats Lindroos, who heads the ESS Accelerator Division. “A record number of booths have been sold, including 24 Swedish companies. The Industry Session will allow for interaction and networking opportunities, and we’re quite pleased with the line-up of talks within the Session.”
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The format of the conference facilitates formal and informal interaction between all parties, encouraging the exchange of information and ideas across a broad spectrum of accelerator science and technology. Ninety-seven students were selected for sponsorship grants to attend the conference and participate in the Special Poster Session.
“IPAC’17 aims to favour contacts between students and industry throughout the conference,” says Arduini. “This is part of an effort to strengthen the relevance of the industrial session and create a strong interaction between industry and students.”
ESS, MAX IV and ASTRID2 Accelerators at Centre Stage
Delegates will have an opportunity to cross the bridge to Sweden for guided tours of the ESS construction site and its neighbour facility the MAX IV Synchrotron. An all-day excursion to Denmark’s “second city” of Aarhus is also planned to tour AU’s ASTRID2 synchrotron light source.

As the world’s flagship neutron scattering facility, ESS will be driven by the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever built. With civil construction recently declared complete on the accelerator’s tunnel, installation of the machine is now underway.
IPAC '17 Project Leader and Scientific Secretary Juliana Pranke has worked nearly two years organising the conference. PHOTO: ESS
“ESS could not be built without the experience of the community before,” says ESS Technical Director Roland Garoby, who will give the delegates an update on the ESS construction project in the conference’s opening session. “The ESS accelerator design is benefiting from the knowledge accumulated by the community world-wide, which has been crucial for it to materialise and be credible. It’s built on the shoulders of giants.”
The MAX IV Synchrotron, which includes a linear accelerator and two storage rings, was inaugurated last year and research data has already begun to issue from the facility.
“Having IPAC in Copenhagen just one year after the inauguration of MAX IV is an important symbol and allows us to show the accelerator world the progress that has been made in Lund during the last years,” says MAX IV Laboratory Accelerator Director Pedro Fernandes Tavares. “We are very happy and proud to be part of this event and look forward to the many interesting talks and seminars.”
The Danish national facility ASTRID2 was commissioned in 2013 and has an active user program with five operational beam lines.
“Bringing IPAC to Copenhagen has been discussed for 20 years, and finally it happens!” says Søren Pape Møller, Director of the Institute for Storage Ring Facilities at AU. “Denmark has been involved in accelerators for many years, including the accelerator developments in Aarhus, and this has had and will continue to have a significant impact on Danish industry.”
Composite image of ESS under construction in March 2017. Civil construction on the Accelerator tunnel was completed on May 2, when contractor Skanska formally handed over the building to ESS for technical installations. IMAGE: Skanska/ESS