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York develops UK nuclear theory hub

Posted on 14 January 2016

University of York physicists will host a series of courses, meetings and a visitor programme bringing together the UK nuclear theory community this year.

Part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) ‘Chair in Nuclear Theory’ funding, the UK-theory initiative will feature leaders in the field through different activities.

Led by Jacek Dobaczewski, Professor of Nuclear Physics Theory in York’s Department of Physics, a Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory (TALENT) course will run at York in July and August 2016. Two more similar courses will run in the UK in 2017 and 2018. Aimed at students and early-career postdocs, these courses will feature lectures from international speakers.

Secondly, regular collaborative meetings of all academics and students working in nuclear theory will take place, focusing on short presentations on research activities and discussions of plans for collaborations.

Finally, an active visitor programme will be established featuring high-profile prominent scientists, and task-oriented collaborators who will use their visits for intense project-specific work.

All activities will be advertised through newsletters and a dedicated web page.

Professor Dobaczewski said: "I am very happy to see that the STFC theory grant will generate such a substantial increase in the collaborative activity within the UK nuclear theory community. At the same time it will give a tremendous boost at York. A string of high-profile visitors and an advanced training available to York students will certainly contribute to building the strength of the group."

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