Today I got finally got the nice plaque for the 2022 ATLAS Outstanding Achievement Award I received earlier this year, for outstanding contributions to the ATLAS outreach activities.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to present the new ATLAS Visitor Centre at the Lepton Photon 2021 conference. It’s been great and fun to lead this project and to propose and develop at lot of new content together with great people within the ATLAS Collaboration, the CERN exhibitions team and the design company Point Prod in Geneva. And it’s great to finally see it come to conclusion and open up to the public once visitors are allowed at CERN again.
After more than sixteen years at the ATLAS experiment it seems to be time for a change, and for me that change is going from quarks to qubits, and from a mix of fundamental research, teaching and science communication to a full-time job working on public engagement and didactics for the recently founded Munich Quantum Valley.
This month I became a technical member of the Belle II Collaboration :)
In particular, I joined the communication team for the German BMBF collaborative research centre ErUM-FSP T09 Belle II and will contribute to the public-engagement strategy, the coordination of public outreach, and on Belle-II-specific training programmes for young scientists, for the German member institutes of the Belle II Collaboration in the coming six months for now.
So look forward to a new Belle II Germany website, some social-media activity and more things to come soon …
And by the way, Belle II is a particle-physics experiment in Japan designed to study the properties of B mesons (particles containing a bottom quark). It is located at the SuperKEKB accelerator complex at KEK in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture. The experiment is run and the physics programme carried out by an international collaboration consisting of about 1000 physicist and engineers from over 100 institutions in more than 25 countries.