Network work plan
The network research and training has been organized in terms of
working groups. The following physics topics have been pursued:
The network has organized two workshops per year, in which the research students and senior researchers have reported on the progress of the working groups, and discussed new ideas. In addition, training courses and invited lectures have been organized in connection to the workshops. The network workshops, training courses and working groups have been organized according to the original planning.
Student exchange programme has also been pursued, although the scope of the student exchange has been somewhat smaller than anticipated. We have nevertheless executed the student exchange programme, but with shorter visits (1-2 months). These visits have been very stimulating to the students.
Workshops and training courses:
The workshops have been attended by about 50 persons on the average. The student fraction has varied between 30 and 40% (15-20 students), while the other participants are senior network researchers and post-docs, and invited speakers. The fraction of female participants (students and researchers) has been 22.5% on the average, which is significantly above the average rate of females in this field. We note with satisfaction that our network has been very successful in mobilizing female students and researchers.
Plan for activities for the coming years 2004-2005
In the following years (2004-2005), the network will operate along the same lines as during the first three years 2001-2003. The network will contribute to and follow carefully the general progress in theoretical physics, and test the experimental feasibility of the new models. A key aspect of the network has been training of research students by providing training-through-research, and up-to-date training courses spanning over a wide range of rapidly evolving topics.
The network has operated through network workshops, student training courses, network working groups, and student mobility. We plan to continue the network operation in the same way. We will organize 4 workshops during the years 2004-2005, i.e. two workshops per year. During 2001-2003, we have provided training courses on a large range of topics in connection to the workshops: supersymmetry, extra dimensions, Higgs physics, and so on. During the following two years, we plan to complement the training programme by updates on the previous topics, and including new emerging theories such as the "Little Higgs" scenario. Some of the training courses have discussed experimental aspects of LHC physics analysis - particle identification at LHC, Monte Carlo generators for LHC, top quark analysis at Tevatron. In the coming years, we will strengthen the training in experimental tools. For example, a course on the Geant4 simulation framework is planned. Since each workshop will contain one or several training courses, we foresee to be able to provide at least a minimum of 4 training courses, and most likely the number of training courses will be closer to 8.
The average number of student exchanges has been two per year, so we foresee that during the next two years four students will be enrolled in the student mobility programme. Based on the past experience, each student will spend about one to two months in the host node, so the total amount of student exchange will be 4 students x 1 month.
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