by Daniel Tapia Takaki & Arturo Fernandez Tellez . Published: 18 December 2012

The ALICE Physics week in Puebla was held at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) from 27 November to 1 December 2012. It was the seventh physics week following a long tradition that started back in Erice in 2005. During the Physics Week, 110 ALICE members had the chance to meet and discuss on the top issues covered by the ALICE physics programme. This was the first APW that was held outside Europe. The BUAP Rector Enrique Agüera Ibáñez and representatives from CINVESTAV (Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados), UAS (Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa) and UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), extended a warm welcome to Mexico during the first day of the event.

The scientific programme was coordinated by Federico Antinori and his team. Many PhD students and post-docs presented the latest ALICE results from proton-proton and lead-lead collisions. During the ALICE physics week special emphasis was also placed on the recent results from the p-Pb pilot run that took place in September. The ALICE detector upgrade was also discussed in a special session.



During the Physics Week, 110 ALICE members had the chance to meet in Puebla and discuss on the top issues covered by the ALICE physics programme. Credit: Domenico Collela




From left to the right: FCFM Director J. Enrique Arrazola Ramírez, Guy Paic, Gerardo Herrera Corral (CINVESTAV),Juan Miranda Flores, Paolo Giubellino, ALICE spokesperson, with BUAP Rector Enrique Agüera Ibáñez, Arturo Fernandez Tellez, Yves Schutz, Karel Safarik and Federico Antinori. Credit Juan Miranda Flores


ALICE in Puebla, Mexico

The recent ALICE physics week also attracted a lot of public attention and the local community showed a strong interest to learn more about the ALICE experiment and the research carried out at CERN. As part of our efforts to open the Physics Week to the city of Puebla, we organized a public lecture.

Paolo Giubellino delivered a lecture on "the perfect fluid" followed by a lively discussion with the audience and especially the many students who had crowded the room. A tour to Puebla city took place on Thursday evening. Participants had the opportunity to admire Puebla's colonial treasures around the city centre, an area that was granted UNESCO world heritage status in 1987. During the social dinner that night, participants enjoyed Mariachi, a folk music from Mexico.



Paolo Giubellino, Arturo Fernandez Tellezand among the many students who attended the public lecture. Credit Juan Miranda Flores


We also celebrated Guy Paić's 75th birthday from Saturday 1 December afternoon until Sunday 2 December in the evening. The symposium “open issues in heavy-ion physics”, coordinated by Alejandro Ayala from ICN UNAM, included interesting talks by colleagues from ALICE, CMS and RHIC. In particular, Gerardo Herrera Corral from CINVESTAV described Guy's career in Mexico, that started more than 10 years ago. Another social dinner was organized. It was a moving night with lots of memories coming out from all those who participated. Happy Birthday Guy!



Guy Fest: Open Issues in Heavy-Ion Physics; A Symposium in honour of Guy Paic. Gerardo Herrera Corral (CINVESTAV) opening the Symposium.Credit Eleazar Cuautle Flores




Guy Paic, Paolo Giubellino, BUAP Rector Enrique Agüera Ibáñez , Arturo Fernandez Telles and Yves Schutz. Credit Juan Miranda Flores


Recognizing the importance of the "Physics Week", the Mayor of Puebla awarded our spokesperson Paolo Giubellino, together with Federico Antinori, Jean-Pierre Revol and Jurgen Schukraft a diploma as distinguished visitors of Puebla, while he also acknowledged the importance of being members of a large international collaboration like ALICE.



Regidora Veronica Mastreta, representative of the Mayor of the City of Puebla awarded our spokesperson Paolo Giubellino along with Federico Antinori, Jean-Pierre Revol and Jurgen Schukraft a diploma as Distinguished Visitors of Puebla City. Credit Juan Miranda Flores


The Physics Week was also covered by the local press who dedicated some special covers to the event. APW-Puebla was sponsored by BUAP, CINVESTAV, UNAM and UAS, in conjunction with CERN and EPLANET.