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IUPAP WG.9 Annual General Meeting held at the Accademia delle Scienze, via Zamboni 31, Bologna, Italia

September 7 – 8, 2018

Robert E. Tribble – Chair IUPAP WG.9, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
Anthony W. Thomas – Past-Chair IUPAP WG.9, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia
Willem T .H. van Oers – Executive-Secretary IUPAP WG.9, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
Jonathan Bagger – Director TRIUMF, BC, Canada
Angela Bracco – Past-Chair NuPECC, INFN-Milano, Italy
Pierluigi Campana – Director Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Italy
Hideto En’yo – Director RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator Based Science, Japan
Claes Fahlander – Chair of IUPAP C12, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
Donald F. Geesaman – Past-Chair NSAC, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Paolo Giubellino – Scientific Director FAIR/GSI, Germany
David Hertzog – Chair NSAC, University of Washington, WA, USA
Marek Lewitowicz – Chair of NuPECC, GANIL, France
Berndt Mueller – Associate Director BNL, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, USA
Naohito Saito – Director J-PARC, Japan
Nigel J. T. Smith – Executive-Director SNOLAB, Canada
Kazuhiro Tanaka – Chair ANPhA, KEK, Japan

Navin Alahari – Director GANIL, France
Faical Azaiez – Director I’Themba Laboratories, Zuid-Afrika
Thomas Glasmacher – Director FRIB, USA [flight cancellation]
Stuart Henderson – Director Jefferson Laboratory, USA [flight cancellation]
Dinakar Kanjilal – Director Inter-University Accelerator Centre, India
Alinka Lepine–Szily – Co-Chair ALAFNA, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Victor A. Matveev – Director JINR-Dubna, Russia
Dong-Pil Min – Past-chair of AnPhA, Seoul National University, Korea

Sun-Chan Jeong – Director RISP/IBS, Korea
Guoqing Xiao – Director IMPCAS-Lanzhou, China

Members of IUPAP C12 present as observers:
Ani Aprahamian, University of Notre Dame du Lac, IN, USA
Maria J. G. Borge, ISOLDE-CERN, Switzerland
Mahananda Dasgupta, Australian National University,  Australia
Iris Dillmann, TRIUMF, BC, Canada
Fanny Farget, CNRS/IN2P3, France
Andrey Fomichev, JINR-Dubna, Russia
Anna Mackova, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Debora Peres Menezes, Universidade Federal de Santa Caterina, Brazil
Eugenio Nappi, INFN-Bari, Italy
Joachim Stroth, Universitaet Frankfurt, Germany
Hirokazu Tamura, Tohoku University, Japan
Yanlin Ye, Beijing University, China
Eberhard Widmann, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Words of welcome by the Chair Robert E. Tribble and Eugenio Nappi on behalf of INFN
Approval of the Minutes of the past Nuclear Science Symposium and Annual General Meeting held at the RIKEN Tokyo Office. August 30-31, 2017 : [ ]

Discussion about the current membership of IUPAP WG.9:

  • Representation from India. Following some extensive correspondence it was decided to invite the director of the Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) in New-Delhi to serve on IUPAP WG.9; the invitation was accepted. However, travel funds to attend the scheduled meetings of IUPAP WG.9 have to come from the Government of India which appear difficult to acquire.

  • Representation from China. The director of the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Lanzhou, essentially since the existence of IUPAP WG.9, been represented by  an alternate, Wenlong Zhan, who was also a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Wenlong Zhan has resigned from IUPAP WG.9 leaving the representation from IMPCAS Lanzhou open even though extensive correspondence.

  • It was suggested that the Chair of ANPhA,  Kazuhiro Tanaka, may be an intermediary to help resolve the current impasse.

  • A recommendation was made to contact CERN with the request that a nuclear physics representative from the CERN programs be added to IUPAP WG.9.

 Updating IUPAP Report 41: Research Facilities in Nuclear Physics:

  • Following the Nuclear Science Symposium at the RIKEN Tokyo Office seven succinct summaries of the various presentations made on nuclear science have been written and published in arXiv:1805.10504[nucl-ex]. In addition these form now part of the updated version of IUPAP Report 41, which can be accessed through:

For future nuclear science symposia more extensive summaries may be requested to be published as a separate report available both electronically and as hard copies (under a different title). The latter depending on IUPAP funding.

  • Requests have gone out to update the descriptions of the individual nuclear physics facilities which appear in IUPAP Report 41. Based upon the replies received and meeting the additional requirement that a particular nuclear physics facility must have an identifiable Users Group, these descriptions have replaced the previous entries in IUPAP Report 41.

  • The tables with statistical information on scientific personnel, technical personnel, graduate students, and undergraduate students have been removed from IUPAP Report 41 as outdated. Unfortunately current resources are lacking to establish up-to-date statistics.

The Neutrino Panel: [presentation by Nigel J. T. Smith – SNOLAB]

  • At the General Assembly of IUPAP in Sao Paulo, October 11-13, 2017, a resolution was passed to establish a Neutrino Panel now that neutrino physics has become so much in the forefront of nuclear science. The Neutrino Panel has to be established in consultation with the IUPAP Working Groups WG.1 (ICFA), WG.9, and WG.10, and the IUPAP Commissions C4, C11, and C12. The panel is currently being formed with the help of Heidi Schellman, Chair of IUPAP C11, and its terms of reference being formulated.


POPA Report –Neutrons for the Nation: [presentation by Bernard Mueller – BNL]

  • The APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) commissioned a workshop in April 2017 to examine the scientific needs for neutrons currently produced by civilian research reactors and identify the obstacles and challenges to meeting those needs without the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU). The final report from the POPA study includes the state of neutron facilities worldwide in this context; a discussion within IUPAP WG.9 may therefore be appropriate.


Nuclear Science Symposia

  • Upon the request of Timothy J. Hallman, Associate Director for Nuclear Science in the US Department of Energy, to hold the IUPAP Nuclear Science Symposia (NSS) at intervals of two years a NSS was held at SURA Headquarters, in Washington, DC, June 4-5, 2015. It was followed by the NSS at the RIKEN Tokyo Office, August 30-31, 2017. Consequently the next NSS should take place in 2019. The International Nuclear Physics Conference (INPC2019) will take place in Glasgow, UK, July 28 – August 2, 2019. IUPAP C12 will meet at INPC2019 in connection also with the awarding of the three IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes in Nuclear Physics. Usually the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IUPAP WG.9 and IUPAP NSS follow the AGM of IUPAP C12. For various reasons including logistics the NSS should not take place at INPC2019. Active participation in the NSS is required from Funding Agency/Government Representatives and these need to be consulted in organizing the NSS. Therefore the date and venue of the next IUPAP NSS are under consideration.

  • As a further remark the mandate given to IUPAP WG.9 also involves the stimulation of international collaborations in a broad spectrum of nuclear science activities. Strengthening of this role by IUPAP WG.9 would be appreciated.

  • A small group of WG9 members was charged with developing a statement to strengthen the free and open access statement of IUPAP as it pertains to nuclear physics facilities.

Nuclear Science at the Deep Underground Science Facilities [presentation by Nigel J. T. Smith – SNOLAB]
 The search for neutrino-less double-beta decay, the search for dark matter particles interactions, neutrino oscillations and CP violation, all involving various aspects of nuclear physics/nuclear science form foremost research at the deep underground science facilities. As such these belong within the perspective of IUPAP WG.9. Following the request Nigel Smith has kindly provided an Addendum to IUPAP Report 41 giving descriptions pertaining to the deep underground science laboratories worldwide.

Report from IUPAP C12 [Claes Fahlander- Chair of C12]

  • Negotiations between the executives of IUPAP and IUPAC have resulted in the terms of reference of the Joint WorkingGroup, its membership, the validation of the claims for new superheavy elements from publications in the scientific literature, the resulting actions by both IUPAC and IUPAP, the publication of the findings of the Joint Working Group, and the naming of the new elements. See the Minutes of the IUPAP Council and Commission  Chairs (C&CC) Meeting of October 9, 2017.

  • The controversies that have swirled around following the new superheavy elements 113 to 118 have been discussed in the literature in a series of publications. As examples:

    “Validation of New Superheavy Elements and IUPAC-IUPAP Joint Working Party”, Cecilia Jarlskog, EPJ Web of Conf. 131, 06004 (2016)

    “The Search for Superheavy Elements: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives”, Helge Kragh, arXiv:1708.04064 (2017)

Long Range Planning Reports:

  • Asia Nuclear Physics Association [presentation by Kazuhiro Tanaka- Chair of ANPhA]  

  • I’Themba Laboratories and SAIF [presentation by Robert E. Tribble on behalf of Faical Azaiez – I’Themba Laboratories]
    It was reported that SAIF received a substantial amount of funding from the Government of Zuid-Afrika.

  • US Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) [presentation by David Hertzog – Chair of NSAC]


  • The Five Year Planning Exercise by TRIUMF [presentation by Jonathan Bagger – TRIUMF]


  • Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC) [presentation by Marek Lewitowicz – Chair of NuPECC]


  • Nuclear Science in Latin-America [presentation by Debora Peres Menezes – UFSC on behalf of Alinka Lepine-Szily – Co-Chair of ALAFNA

  • The working dinner for members of IUPAP WG.9 with members of IUPAP C12  was held at the restaurant I Carracci, Via Manzoni 2, Bologna, on Friday evening, September 7, 2018, at 20:00 in the evening.


    On behalf of IUPAP WG.9 we would like to thank Angela Bracco, Eugenio Nappi, Eugenio Scapparone. and INFN for the very kind hospitality provided and choosing as the venue for the two meetings the Academia delle Scienze di Bologna.

    Willem T. H. van Oers
    Secretary of IUPAP WG.9

    TRIUMF, September 17, 2018

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