On 8 April 2016 the ALICE Collaboration Board elected Federico Antinori from INFN Padova, Italy, as the next ALICE Spokesperson. During his three-year mandate, starting in January 2017, he will lead a collaboration of more than 1500 people from 154 physics institutes across the globe.
Federico has been a member of the collaboration ever since it was created and being entrusted with its leadership makes him feel honoured. “ALICE is a unique scientific instrument, built with years of dedication and labour of hundreds of colleagues. We have practically only begun to exploit its possibilities. As Spokesperson I can play a key role in making ALICE ever more efficient and successful and this is a truly exciting prospect for me.”
Federico has already held many senior leadership positions in the collaboration. Currently he is the experiment’s Physics Coordinator and as such he has the responsibility to overview the whole sector of physics analysis. During his mandate ALICE has produced many of its most prominent results. Before that he was the Coordinator of the Heavy Ion First Physics Task Force, charged with the analysis of the first Pb-Pb data samples. In 2007 and 2008 Federico served as ALICE Deputy Spokesperson. He was also the first ALICE Trigger Coordinator, having a central role in defining the experiment’s trigger menus from the first run in 2009 until the end of his mandate in 2011. He also played an important role in the commissioning of the experiment before the start of its operation.
Federico is going to be ALICE’s third Spokesperson. “My predecessors, Jürgen Schukraft and Paolo Giubellino, did a tremendous job in leading the collaboration. The bar is set very high and I am very well aware of that. Of course, everyone brings their own perspective, their own view and style to the management, but the example of how they operated will be very important for me.”
In a time when the collaboration is engaged in data taking, data analysis and detector construction for the future upgrade, Federico’s goal is to make ALICE successful in all three fronts: “Run 1 allowed us to make significant advances in the study of the properties of the extreme state of QCD matter, created in Pb-Pb collisions. It also offered us tantalising glimpses of collective behaviour in the smaller systems. These results have opened a series of new questions that we plan to address with the higher statistics of Run 2. At the same time, we are preparing fundamental changes to the detector layout for Run 3 and Run 4, which will open new avenues that are hardly accessible with the present apparatus, especially in the study of the production of charm and quarkonia.”
When it comes to the collaborators, Federico’s primary mission will be to make sure that everyone will have the possibility to contribute to their full potential. “The years ahead will be challenging, but they also promise a lot of excitement. I see a lot of engagement and positive drive in the collaboration. I know that we can count on the talent and passion of the ALICE people. I am happy and confident about our future.”