The Inaugural Symposium of the Hyper-K Proto-Collaboration was held.
On January 31st, 2015, the Inaugural Symposium of the Hyper-Kamiokande Proto-Collaboration and signing ceremony were held at the Kashiwa-no-ha Conference Center.
The Hyper-Kamiokande project aims to address the mysteries of the origin and evolution of the Universe's matter and to confront theories of elementary particle unification. To realize these goals, the project will combine a high-intensity neutrino beam from the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) with a new detector based upon precision neutrino experimental techniques developed in Japan. The Hyper-Kamiokande project will be about 25 times larger than Super-Kamiokande, the research facility that was first to discover evidence for neutrino mass in 1998.
The symposium was held to commemorate and promote the proto-collaboration to advance the Hyper-Kamiokande project internationally. In addition, a signing ceremony marking an agreement to promote of the project between the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) of the University of Tokyo and the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) took place during the symposium.
The symposium was attended by more than 100 Hyper-Kamiokande researchers, including an international steering committee and an institutional board of representatives with members from 13 countries to celebrate the event.
The symposium commenced under the chairmanship of Prof. Akira Konaka (TRIUMF/RCNP). Next, an overview of the Hyper-Kamiokande project was plovided by Prof. Masato Shiozawa (Univ. of Tokyo). Prof. Takashi Kobayashi (KEK) described the J-PARC neutrino beam facility. Prof. Francesca di Lodovico (Queen Mary Univ. of London) then addressed the International proto-collaboration of the Hyper-Kamiokande project. Finally, Prof. Chris Walter (Duke Univ.) delivered a talk on the history of international cooperation since the original Kamiokande experiment.
Subsequently, the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) of the University of Tokyo and the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on the Hyper-Kamiokande project.
When Prof. Tsuyoshi Nakaya (Kyoto Univ.) announced the establishment of the Hyper-Kamiokande proto-collaboration, the hall was filled with great applause.
Finally, all members of the proto-collaboration took group photos and renewed their determination to realize the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment.
The Hyper-Kamiokande International Proto-Collaboration
The Hyper-Kamiokande proto-collaboration include an international steering committee and an institutional board of representatives with members from 13 countries. Through this organizational structure collaborating researchers will work to lay plans for and to secure funding for the prompt realization of the experiment.
Hyper-Kamiokande Member States:
Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Portugal (observer state), Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA.