by Xichang Chen, Julie Hadre, Ya Ma, Zhongbao Yin and Daicui Zhou.. Published: 18 November 2013

The combined ALICE Week and ALICE Physics Week 2013 successfully took place from 10 to 18 of October at the Central China Normal University(CCNU), Wuhan, China.

The three combined collaboration meetings were sponsored by National Natural Science Foundations of China (NSFC), Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), Ministry of Education of China (MOE), China Center of Advanced Science and Technology (CCAST), State Administration of Foreign Affairs of China, Center of Nuclear Matter Science (CNMS), Central China Normal University (CCNU), China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) and CERN/ALICE .

All together about 110 physicists participated, all members of the ALICE collaboration coming from all over the world (i.e. CERN, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United States a.o). 86 of them were coming outside of China, and about 30 more were post-docs and doctoral students. More than 100 academic talks and reports were given, including four invited theory talks from China. CCNU Vice President WANG Enke attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Vice President WU Jinsheng and Vice President LI Xiangnong of CCNU also met with the participants.

ALICE physics week in Wuhan was well attended. More than 110 physicists traveled from all over the world to China.

The meeting consisted of three parts: During the first part, the O2 meeting which covered the status of the ALICE Offline, DAQ and HLT. In the second part, the recent results from ALICE were presented (Light Flavours, Heavy Flavours, Correlations, Fluctuations and Bulk, Dileptons and Quarkonia, Jets, Photons, Ultra-peripheral, Diffractive and Cosmic Ray Physics, Physics Performance). Finally, the ALICE Upgrade Programme during LS1 and LS2 was covered during the third part along with the Junior’s meeting. The ALICE Week included a number of ALICE Boards meetings (Management Board meeting, Technical Board meeting, Computing Board meeting, Physics Board meeting, Collaboration Board meeting ).

During the meeting, the fifth ALICE-China bilateral cooperation meeting was also held to discuss China’s participation in the ALICE upgrade and the furthening of Chinese team’s participation in ALICE. At CCNU’s Huada Forum, Dr. Peter Braun-Munzinger, Chairperson of ALICE Collaboration Board and Dr. Johanna Stachel, Professor in the University of Heidelberg and Chairperson of the German Physics Society were invited to give a talk entitled “Relativistic nuclear collisions: main goals, recent achievements and future opportunities” and “Charm as Probe of the Quark-Gluon Plasma” respectively. Both talks were highly evaluated by CCNU physics colleagues.

Participants in the 02 workshop organized during the combined APW and AW in China.

A specific concert for the conference was held by the students team of Department of Music of CCNU.

Dating back in 1980s, Central China Normal University and other Chinese units joined the European CERN/SPS, USA BNL/AGS and Russia DUBNA/JINR high-energy heavy-ion accelerator experimental collaboration; in 1990s, Central China Normal University(CCNU) and China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) joined the CERN/LHC-ALICE collaboration. Since 2000, Central China Normal University, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Tsinghua University, Institute of Modern Physics , Shandong University, have joined the U.S. RHIC/STAR collaboration. Over the years, Central China Normal University, as the Chinese leading group of ALICE collaboration, has played an important role in ALICE detector and electronics development and data analysis, and have achieved gratifying results. CCNU is working hard to strengthen its international cooperation as well as its physics research team.

Thanks to the efforts of ALICE, CCNU and CIAE it has been made possible to have all the three meetings of ALICE collaboration (O 2 , ALICE Physics Week and ALICE Week ) outside of Europe in the same period for the first time.