EIGHTH EUROPEAN STRATEGY SESSION
18 SEPTEMBER 2009
SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY' REPORT
The Council agreed that ApPEC should continue to be represented in the European Strategy Sessions pending a review of that arrangement after the Council’s next update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics. The Council further agreed to examine the scheduling of those updates at its March 2010 meeting.
MEMBER STATE MATTERS
No new developments relevant for the European Strategy for Particle Physics, were reported by the delegations.
REPORT ON THE FALC MEETING QUEBEC, 13 JULY 2009
The Council agreed that it would be desirable to include on the agenda of the FALC meeting in Mumbai in January 2010 an item relating to the possible future harmonisation of the particle physics strategies in the three regions.
PLAN TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE MODEL FOR ACCELERATOR R&D
The Council expressed its support for the concept of the TIARA proposal, provided that the appropriate natural role of CERN be taken into account in the organization of the work and in the considerations during the preparatory phase.
FP7 PREPARATORY PHASE PROJECT IN THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR PARTICLE PHYSICS
The Council decided to endorse the submission of the TIARA proposal, on the understanding that it is developed in agreement with the CERN Council’s role as responsible for European Particle Physics where accelerators are the most central research infrastructures and that the recent Memorandum of Understanding between CERN and the European Commission is included in the considerations of the implementation.
RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
The Council endorsed the suggestion made by the representative of the European Commission, Mr Smits, to set up a joint working group to study specific measures that the European Commission and CERN should undertake together in pursuance of the partnership established by their Memorandum of Understanding and provide feedback to the Commission for its interim review of the 7th framework programme. To that end, the Council requested the Strategy Secretariat and the Director-General to draw up a proposal to that effect for approval by the Council at its December 2009 Session, with a view to the submission of the report by the working group in March 2010.
REPORT ON THE CERN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER NETWORK
The Council heard a presentation by the convenor of the CERN Technology Transfer Network, Mr Le Goff, which was in line with the work programme previously decided by the Council. The Council agreed that future reports from the Network should include information on achieved technology transfer cases, measures to make technology transfer more effective, together with a presentation of the funding requirements of the Network compared with the resources currently available.
REPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN PARTICLE PHYSICS COMMUNICATION NETWORK
The Council heard a presentation by the deputy head of CERN’s Communication Group, Dr Sutton, of the activities of the European Particle Physics Communication Network (EPPCN), which were in line with the work programme decided by the Council. The Council invited the EPPCN to take into account in its future work the comments and suggestions made by delegations during the discussion, as summarised by the President, and in particular that when information is provided to the media that contact-information to the engaged national research groups are included, and that the EPPCN should investigate the possibility of integrating representatives of ApPEC and of the three Observers to the European Strategy Sessions – Israel, Russia and Turkey – into the Network.
SUPER-B PLANS TOWARDS A TECHNICAL DESIGN REPORT
Following the presentation and the provided written information, the Council noted the specific concerns highlighted in the document, it recognized that this project is in agreement with the European Strategy for Particle Physics, and that there are encouraging possibilities for national support. The Council looked forward to future updates on the project’s progress.
RECOGNITION OF MORE EUROPEAN STRATEGY PROJECTS
The Council took note of the Scientific Secretariat’s decision to postpone the submission of those projects for recognition by the Council pending further interaction with the Scientific Policy Committee and clarification of details of the recognition principles and procedure.
CONFIRMATION OF THE ACCESS STATUS OF DOCUMENTS
The Council, noting that the two documents submitted under Item 18 of the Agenda had been withdrawn and would therefore not be placed in the public domain, decided, by unanimous vote of the delegations present, to confirm the access status of all the other documents as shown on the Agenda.
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