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Interactions News Wire #18-08
6 March 2008 http://www.interactions.org
Source: ICFA
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 6 March 2008

International Committee for Future Accelerators calls for stability in science funding

Judy Jackson, Director, Fermilab Office of Communication, jjackson@fnal.gov
Perrine Royole-Degieux, ILC-Europe, royole@in2p3.fr
Rika Takahashi, ILC-Asia, rika.takahashi@kek.jp
Barbara Warmbein, ILC-Europe, barbara.warmbein@desy.de

The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) has issued a statement on the need for continuous and stable funding for large international science projects like the planned International Linear Collider. This statement is a reaction to recent cuts in the science budgets of the United Kingdom and the United States and addresses governments and science funding agencies around the world.

Albrecht Wagner, chairman of ICFA and chairman of the board of the DESY Directorate, said: “As the international body who plans and facilitates the construction of accelerators for fundamental research we are very worried about the missing political awareness that international partnership in science and beyond is based on reliability. I hope that our statement will help strengthen this awareness and ensure that vital projects like the International Linear Collider are supported and strengthened by continuous funding from partners around the world.”

Full text of the ICFA statement:
“The International Committee for Future Accelerators, ICFA, created to facilitate international collaboration in the construction and use of accelerators for high energy physics, expresses its deepest concern about the recent decisions in the United Kingdom and the United States of America on spending for long-term international science projects.

Carrying out frontier science relies increasingly on stable international partnerships, since the scientific and technical challenges can only be met by enabling outstanding men and women of science from around the world to collaborate, and by joining forces to provide the resources they need to succeed.

A good example is the proposed International Linear Collider. In order to advance the understanding of the innermost structure of matter and the early development of the universe, several thousand particle physicists and accelerator scientists around the world, during the past 15 years, have coordinated their work on developing the technologies necessary to make a Linear Collider feasible.

In view of these tightly interlinked efforts, inspired and driven by the scientific potential of the Linear Collider, the sudden cuts implemented by two partner countries have devastating effects. ICFA feels an obligation to make policy makers aware of the need for stability in the support of major international science efforts. It is important for all governments to find ways to maintain the trust needed to move forward international scientific endeavours.”

Note to Editors:
The ILC is a proposed particle accelerator that could answer some of mankind’s most fundamental questions. Consisting of two linear accelerators that face each other, the ILC will hurl some 10 billion electrons and their anti-particles, positrons, toward each other at nearly the speed of light. It will stretch approximately 31 kilometres in length. Inside the ILC, particles will collide 14,000 times every second at energies of 500 billion-electron-volts (GeV). The current baseline design allows for an upgrade to a 50-kilometre, 1 trillion-electron-volt (TeV) machine during the second stage of the project.

More information on the ILC: www.linearcollider.org
More information on ICFA: www.fnal.gov/directorate/icfa
More information on the history of project funding: http://www.fnal.gov/directorate/icfa/icfa_LCstatement0204.html