by Panos Charitos. Published: 19 February 2013

ALICE – new junior representatives

Last week the ALICE Juniors Committee announced the results of the election for the new young members of the Collaboration Board. The election lasted 12 days, from the 1st up to the 13th of February and 117 juniors voted.

The four Juniors with the most votes were: Chiara Bianchin (post-doc), Jan Fiete Grosse Oetringhaus (post-doc), Michael Weber (post-doc) and Jochen Klein (student). However, according to the rules of the new ALICE Constitution, at least one of Junior Representatives in the Collaboration board has to be a student and hence the new elected ALICE Junior Reps are: Chiara, Jan-Fiete and Jochen. They will have their debut during the next CB that will take place on the 22nd of March.

Chiara Bianchin pursued her M.Sc. at the University of Torino and after a short period in Nantes she moved to Padova (Italy) for her Phd in 2010. She successfully defended her thesis last March and is currently a post-doc at Utrecht University (Netherlands), most of the time based at CERN. Chiara explains: “I applied as Junior representative because I believe that the young collaborators are the soul and the future of the experiment and they must participate in coordinating it.”

Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus has been a member of the ALICE CERN team since 2006 and finished his PhD in 2009. Jan Fiete has been in the juniors committee for the last two years and supported junior issues on many fronts, e.g., when the publication policy was recently revised.

Finally, Jochen Klein joined ALICE during his diploma thesis. He worked on the commissioning and trigger development of the TRD and his current interests lie in the area of jet physics.

His main incentive for becoming a junior representative was to help in making ALICE decisions more transparent, especially to the younger people. He notes that: “a timely and open distribution of physics board minutes would help in understanding the physics strategy of the collaboration.”

Two of them will serve a 2 year term on the CB while the other will serve only for one year to allow for a staggered replacement of representatives in the future. As liaisons for the junior community they will report on key decisions made by the CB to the rest of the community and at the same time they will be an important voice for the juniors to the CB. Although they don’t have a right to vote they will try to raise important issues that are essential for the future of our collaboration. Of course it is important to keep the lines of communication between the juniors community and the representatives open.

On behalf of the ALICE Matters team: Congratulations! We are sure you will do a great job in bringing the voice of the Juniors to the Collaboration Board.