by Virginia Greco. Published: 11 August 2017

The summer ALICE week, one of the four yearly weeks of general meetings organized by the experiment, has become since a few years an occasion for celebrations. Besides being a fruitful gathering in which the latest data analysis and detector development work is reviewed, it includes special social events.

Held at CERN from 24 to 28 July 2017, this ALICE week has included a big party, a soccer tournament, as well as the 2016 PhD thesis award ceremony.

The ALICE summer party took place on Tuesday 25 at the LHC point 2, in Saint Genis-Poully. Since the weather was not favourable to an open air dinner, the hall next to the control room was equipped for the occasion with wooden tables and benches, an audio system with amplifiers and a bar serving draft beers and other drinks. A catering service provided food to the over 200 participants. The organization of the party was fully managed by the Secretarial team, helped by some volunteers.

The soccer tournament, which was played on Wednesday 26 on the CERN pitch, saw the participation of  various teams composed of members of the ALICE collaboration. The winner team of this year was named “Electron” and composed by Alexander Kalweit – the Captain-, Anthony Timmins, Constantin Loizides, Michael Weber, Jason Kamin, Torsten Dahms and Klaus Reygers.

Another anticipated event was the ALICE Thesis Award ceremony. Every year a dedicated committee confers a prize to the authors of the two best PhD theses on ALICE topics defended in the previous 12 months. The participants need to get supporting letters from their supervisors and a physicist outside their own group, which help the committee assess the background of the students and what their contribution to the work was. The theses are graded for relevance to the ALICE experimental programme, quality of the research carried out, results achieved and innovation in the methods used.

This winners of the 2016 ALICE thesis award are Michael Andreas Winn, from the University Paris Sud, who studied the inclusive J/ψ production at mid-rapidity in p-Pb collisions at √sNN = 5.02 TeV, and Vít Kučera, from the Academy of Science of Czech Republic, whose dissertation focused on strange particle production in jets. After giving a flash talk, on the afternoon of Wednesday 26, they received a commemorative plaque from the hands of Barbara Erazmus.

From left to right: Federico Antinori, Barbara Erazmus, Michael Andreas Winn, Vít Kučera and John Harris. [Credit: Virginia Greco]