by Andrea Dainese, Rosario Turrisi & Panos Charitos. Published: 20 June 2013

The ALICE Physics Week was held in Padova from 19th to 24th May 2013. The meeting was hosted by INFN-Padova and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Padova University.

During the Physics Week 200 ALICE members from 24 countries in the world met to discuss the latest issues covered by the ALICE physics programme. The participation set a record in the series of Physics Weeks. The meeting was particularly intense with 120 talks covering topics from all 8 Physics Working Groups. The main venue was the auditorium of the Centro Culturale San Gaetano and discussions continued during coffee breaks, lunches and late hours in the evening.

The APW in Padova was hosted in Centro Culturale San Gaetano. During the meeting, lively discussions continued during the breaks till the late hours.

Following the recent proton-lead run that took place in January-February this year, the most lively discussion evolved around the new results on bulk hadron production. These show, in high-multiplicity p-Pb, intriguing similarities with the observations that in Pb-Pb collisions are interpreted in terms of the collective evolution of a multi-body system. The p-Pb results on charmonium production also received large attention, as they play a crucial role in the interpretation of the Pb-Pb data. The ongoing analyses of heavy flavour, jet and photon production, only to name a few, were reviewed in preparation for the summer conferences.

There was also a dedicated brainstorming on ALICE Ideas in Motion (AIM), with the aim to present and discuss new and in many cases unexplored measurements and analyses possible with the ALICE data and to open new paths in our scientific research. The session, organized by the two former physics coordinators Guy Paic and Karel Safarik, forwent the traditional ‘conference style’ presentation of new ideas, focusing instead on friendly discussion. In addition to exploring new ideas, the session was designed to encourage young researchers to present ideas. Prices for the best ideas, in the form of a bottle of Italian grappa, were awarded to Marek Bombara from Kosice and Asako Tsuji from Hiroshima.

Last but not least, an Analysis Tutorial session was introduced as a novelty in the programme of ALICE Physics Weeks. The session, organized by Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus and Andrea Rossi, was judged a success by the more than fifty young students that attended.

From left to right: Chiara Bianchin, Helena Zerlauth, Adriana Schiavon, Davide Caffarri, Andrea Festanti, Andrea Rossi, Rossana Chiaratti, Chitrasen Jena, Andrea Dainese, Federico Antinori, Rosario Turrisi.

Padova is one of the oldest towns in northern Italy and carries a rich heritage that dates back to the Roman times and through the Renaissance continues to shape the modern character of the city. It is the city of the renowned University of Padova, established in 1222 and famous, among other things, for having Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. The city’s atmosphere, rich in history and science, was perfect for discussing the latest ALICE results. A special talk on Galileo was given by Prof. Peruzzi of the Padova University in the afternoon of the fourth day, Wednesday 22 May. The talk and the special location, the majestic Aula Magna of the University, fascinated and inspired the audience.

Prof. Peruzzi from the University of Padova gave a special talk on Galileo Galilei, who has been one of the most famous lecturers of the University.

For the Social Dinner, on Wednesday May 22, the participants moved to the Villa dei Vescovi, some 20 km outside Padova, at the foothills of the Colli Euganei. The Villa dei Vescovi, a jewel of the Italian Renaissance, was built in the sixteenth century for the bishop of Padova. Inspired by classical architecture, it hosted along the centuries several artists and writers… and now also for the first time two hundred cheerful physicists!

Participants of the ALICE Physics Week in Padova. More than 200 ALICE members had the chance to meet and discuss the latest ALICE results.Click here for the full-size picture.

In conclusion, the ALICE Physics Week in Padova, the eighth in a series dating back to 2005, was a very successful one, both in the scientific and in the social aspects. The two chairpersons, Andrea and Rosario, and all the members of the Organizing Committee wish to express their gratitude to all the participants for making the event productive and lively! They also wish the best success for the next Physics Week, to be held in Wuhan, China, in October this year!