by Taku Gunji. Published: 16 March 2012

Two officers, Ms. T. Iwaoka and Ms. A. Wada, of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) paid a visit to CERN on February 14 - 15. The purpose of the visit was to find out how effectively the JSPS programme ”strategic young researcher overseas visits programme for accelerating brain circulation” works to support Japanese young researchers at CERN. Currently, ALICE, ATLAS, COMPASS, and theory have been supported from this JSPS programme.

In the afternoon of the first day, Ms. T. Iwaoka and Ms. A. Wada, with accompanying officers Mr. F. Fukuda (KEK), Mr. M. Ebata (KEK), and Mr. F. Matsushima (Tokyo Institute of Technology), visited ALICE and were welcomed by ALICE spokesperson Paolo Giubellino and senior and young Japanese members.

In the morning of the second day, a private discussion session was held. Paolo Giubellino introduced the physics goals of ALICE, the ALICE detectors, and the Japanese contributions. In addition, individual Japanese members presented their own research efforts. There was a general discussion session at the end where it was very pleasant and informative to exchange opinions with the JSPS officers.

Ms. Iwaoka and Ms. Wada were deeply impressed by the physics of ALICE, the ALICE detectors, and the research activities by the Japanese members. They also got very positive impressions of the other activities at CERN as well, and were convinced of the usefulness of the JSPS programme to support the young researchers and students.

We would like to thank Paolo Giubellino, Fernando Pedrosa, and Ken Oyama for their support.