Accelerators have become prevalent as powerful tools for scientific discovery and as versatile instruments for societal applications. The science of accelerators is rich and challenging and becoming increasingly international. It is driven not only by both the size and complexity of accelerator projects, but also by the necessity to combine efforts in order to effectively confront difficult questions, such as advanced acceleration techniques.

IUPAP announces the formation of the long-awaited Working Group on Accelerator Science. The mission of the IUPAP WG14 is to advise IUPAP on how to best assist the development of accelerator science and the profession of accelerator scientists. In doing this the Working Group will promote the exchange of information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the general field of Accelerator Science including, but not limited to, the following:
a. the theory and experiments concerned with the nature and properties of particle accelerators and beam physics;
b. the improvement of international communications in Accelerator Science through the sponsorship of professional meetings;
c. the future of accelerator facilities for various fields that benefit science and society;
d. the industrial, medical, energy production and environmental applications of relevant accelerator technologies.

Lia Merminga The working group will be chaired by Lia Merminga, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,

The other members of WG14 are:

Gianluigi Arduini, Chair, European Physical Society – Accelerator Group Elected Board and Head, Accelerator and Beam Physics Group, CERN,

Chris Barty, Co-Chair of ICUIL, Chief Technology Officer for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,

Bob Bingham, past-Chair of C16, Professor, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,

Caterina Biscari, Director, ALBA Synchrotron Light Source, Barcelona, Spain,

Swapan Chattopadhyay, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Director of Accelerator Research at Northern Illinois University and a member of the Director’s Senior Leadership Team at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory,

Stuart Henderson, Associate Director for Accelerators at Fermilab, Argonne national laboratory,

Di-Jing Huang, the Deputy Director, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Taiwan,

Mats Lindroos, Head of Accelerator Division, European Spallation Source and Particle Physics division, Physics department Lund University, Sweden,

Joachim Mnich, ICFA Chairman, Director for Particle Physics and Astroparticle Physics, DESY,

Michael Moyers, Chairman and Professor Department of Medical Physics, Shanghai Proton and Heavy Ion Center (SPHIC),

Qing Qin, Deputy Director of IHEP, China and the Chair of Accelerator Division,

Leonid Rivkin (Lenny), Head of Large Research Facilities Department and member of the Board of Directors of the Paul Scherrer Institute and Professor of Accelerator Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL),

Seiya Yamaguchi, Director of Accelerator Laboratory, KEK,

Plans are underway to hold the first WG14 meeting in Korea in May 2016.