Message to members of the APS Division of Particles & Fields
Approved by Kate Scholberg, DPF Secretary/Treasurer

July 2018 DPF Newsletter

Dear DPF members,

This is the first installment of a monthly newsletter to be sent out around the 15th of every month. The newsletter may also contain short news articles (suggestions appreciated). The newsletters will be archived on the DPF website. If you would like an announcement included, please contact the DPF Secretary/Treasurer.

Please keep requests to 300 words and submit them by the 10th of the month for consideration.

Kate Scholberg, Secretary/Treasurer,
Rick Van Kooten, Member-at-Large,
Elizabeth Worcester, Member-at-Large,

In this issue

  1. DPF Planning and Input to the European Strategy Group
  2. Early Career Astronomer and Astrophysicist Focus Session
  3. About the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020)
  4. Announcement of Linear Collider Workshop 2018
  5. NuSTEC Workshop on Shallow- and Deep-Inelastic Scattering

1. DPF Planning and Input to the European Strategy Group

The European particle physics community is preparing its updated strategy. The formal opening of the process will begin with appointments of two groups by the CERN Council in September 2018: the European Strategy Group (ESG) will establish the updated draft of the strategy and the Physics Preparatory Group (PPG) will prepare the scientific contribution to the work of the ESG via the "Briefing Book", which is based on the input it gathers from the world-wide community. One representative from the Americas will serve on the PPG. The CERN Council aims to adopt the updated strategy in May 2020.

At the 2017 DPF Meeting at Fermilab there were presentations and a panel discussion covering the current status of the U.S. particle physics strategy and the plan for the updated strategy. The current U.S. program has been guided by the strategic plan laid out in the 2014 P5 report. The P5 plan for the next decade of U.S. particle physics was based on a year-long community-wide study, Snowmass 2013, organized by DPF, and a nearly year-long P5 process for which the Snowmass study report was the primary input. The P5 plan has met success in the community, the agencies, and the stakeholders, and defines the U.S. program that is currently being executed. A consensus was reached at the 2017 DPF Meeting that the right time to initiate the studies for an update to the strategy for the U.S. particle physics program would be sometime after the CERN Council has adopted European Strategy. DPF is therefore considering 2020 and 2021 for the next Snowmass studies. Initial planning discussions are expected to take place at the April 2019 APS meeting in Denver.

DPF is planning to submit a short white paper to the ESG group. We will be collecting input from the community in the August-September time frame for submission in December; more information will be forthcoming. Please send comments to

Executive Committee of the APS Division of Particles and Fields.


2. Early Career Astronomer and Astrophysicist Focus Session

October 8-9, 2018 - Washington, D.C.
Driven by input from the scientific community, the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) will identify science priorities and guide agency investments for the next decade. On October 8-9, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a focus session to provide an opportunity for early career astronomers and astrophysicists to contribute to the decadal survey process. Participants will have the chance to provide input regarding the structure of the decadal survey, the state of the profession, and the future of astronomy and astrophysics.

We encourage early tenure-track faculty, postdocs, and senior graduate students to apply to attend by July 16, 2018. Selected participants will be reimbursed for travel.

Learn more about the event, check the eligibility requirements, and submit an application on the website. Please share this announcement with early career astronomers and astrophysicists in your department or community who might be interested in applying to participate. For questions about the event, please contact Mia Brown at

Apply for the Astro2020 Early Career Focus Session


3. About the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020)

Astro2020 is a partnership between the National Academies and the astronomical community to survey the field of astronomy and astrophysics and provide priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities for the upcoming decade. It will also serve as a guide for scientists, policy makers, and agencies invested in the astronomical sciences. Sign up for the mailing list to keep up to date on the latest developments including calls for input and upcoming events.


4. LCWS2018

We are very pleased to announce the next Linear Collider Workshop (LCWS2018) to be held at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA, October 22-26, 2018.

Please see the workshop website for more details.

Best regards,

Dr. Andrew P. White
Professor of Physics
Chair of LCWS2018 Program Committee
University of Texas at Arlington


5. The NuSTEC Workshop on Shallow- and Deep-Inelastic Scattering

The workshop will take place from October 11 to 13 at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy. This is just before and in the same location as the NuInt18 neutrino nucleus scattering workshop, facilitating participation in both workshops.

This NuSTEC workshop will concentrate on the theoretical treatment and experimental results within the hadronic mass kinematic region from just above the Delta resonance through the transition into DIS. This is a very much neglected kinematic regime that is important for current and future neutrino experiments with a large fraction of events from atmospheric neutrino studies and over 50% of DUNE events expected in this region. The workshop agenda currently includes the following topics:
  • General introduction and considerations from non-neutrino communities
  • Generator / Transport treatments of Shallow- and Deep-Inelastic Scattering
  • Resonant and non-resonant pion production with W > Delta
  • The transition from Shallow to Deep-Inelastic Scattering
  • Nuclear modifications of structure functions and nuclear PDFs
  • Hadronization in the nuclear environment
Please refer to the website for further information about housing, registration procedures and availability of financial support.

The NuSTEC Workshop Organizers