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Meet the people of ANTARES and KM3NeT

27 February 2017 – Three times a year, the researchers of the ANTARES and the KM3NeT Collaborations come together for a week to discuss the latest physics results of ANTARES, to report on the technical progress of building KM3NeT and present latest developments in the KM3NeT simulations. In preparation for the upcoming conferences, scientific results are scrutinised and debated in detail until everyone is convinced and satisfied. At these Collaboration meetings, new members and institutes are welcomed and farewell given to those that move on in their career in or outside academia. In addition, new science and project management is elected, work group leaders are appointed and opportunities for funding in the various participating countries are exchanged.

But above all, the meetings are the opportunity to talk to each other face-to-face over a coffee, a beer or a nice Collaboration dinner. To get a flavour, watch this video by Eliza Gritsi. She recorded an impression of the ANTARES and KM3NeT Collaboration meeting hosted by the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics of the National Research Institute ‘Demokritos’ in Athens.


KM3NeT researchers meet in Athens

15 February – This week the researchers of KM3NeT are together in Athens to discuss physics and technical details of the observatories. The meeting is hosted by the Demokritos national research center of Greece. An appropriate classical name for our (astro)particle physics research facility.

Europe grants KM3NeT 3.8 M€

KM3NeT_logo_web_shades_wihite bg (jpeg)14 December 2016 – In the context of its H2020 program, the European Committee approved a project to establish within three years the KM3NeT Research Infrastructure as a legal and sustainable entity.

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KM3NeT and ANTARES at IPHC in Strasbourg

photo-meeting-antares-km3net-strasbourg-2016 28 September 2016 – This week,  researchers of the ANTARES and KM3NeT Collaborations meet in Strasbourg, France to discuss neutrino physics and the progress of building the KM3NeT detectors ARCA and ORCA. The meeting is hosted by the ANTARES/KM3NeT research group of Thierry Pradier at the Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert CURIEN (IPHC). At the end of the week the researchers will move to Mainz, Germany to meet the colleagues of the IceCube and Baikal neutrino telescopes at the annual GNN MANTS meeting to exchange the detailed knowledge about the analysis techniques and discuss future steps in neutrino physics and astronomy.

Poster prize for ORCA in an emerging research field

prem_model_v322 July 2016 – The KM3NeT Collaboration congratulates Simon Bourret, Astroparticle and Cosmology, Paris with the award of one of the Best Poster Prizes for his poster presented at the International ISAPP Summer Institute, 11-21 July in L’Aquila, Italy.

During 10 days at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, young physicists, geophysicists, and geologists exchanged knowledge and skills with the aim to shape an emerging inter-disciplinary field of geoscience research using methodologies from (astro)particle physics.

In his poster with the title ‘Earth Tomography with KM3NeT/ORCA’ Simon showed the potential of the ORCA detector for imaging the interior of the Earth using neutrinos penetrating the globe.

The idea is to use the ‘matter-effect’ that for neutrinos traversing the Earth will modify the pattern of oscillating from one neutrino type into another. Using this ‘matter-effect’ and studying the angular and energy distribution of these neutrinos, tomographic information of the Earth interior can be provided.  In particular, ORCA may contribute to constraining the chemical composition of Earth layers that are not accessible for direct geophysical measurements. A new research field is emerging!