It is our great pleasure and honor to support the first Asia Europe Pacific School of High Energy Physics (AEPSHEP), to be held from 14 through 27 October 2012 in Fukuoka, Japan. This marks the beginning of a series of School programs dedicated to experimental research aimed at deepening understanding of accelerator-based programs and related fields such as astro-particle physics and cosmological aspects of particle physics.
Kyushu University was founded in 1911 as one of Japan’s imperial universities and has been a leader in education and research, not only in Japan but also throughout the world. The university celebrated the first centenary of its establishment in 2011, and we are taking a new step toward another 100 years of integral education as an international hub for research and education with the advantage of historical and geographical proximity to Asian countries.
In April 2011, a new group specializing in Experimental Particle Physics was established for the first time at Kyushu University. In 2012, the university reinforced its support for the group to enable promotion of large-scale projects utilizing advanced particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the International Linear Collider (ILC). The group is developing into one of the most important research groups in the university.
This year, Fukuoka will host the three big international events in physics: the International Large Detector (ILD) Workshop 2012, 20th International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics (FB20), and the first AEPSHEP. This School will give us opportunities not only to enhance research activities but also to train young research leaders.
On this occasion, and on behalf of Kyushu University, I would like to encourage the young researchers and graduate students attending this School to discuss with enthusiasm the new developments in the field of High Energy Physics. And, I want to thank everyone involved in organizing, operating and participating in the School. I hope that your participation will be fruitful.
President, Kyushu University