Swansea particle physicists help launch new European collaborative network

Swansea University particle physicists have helped launch a new European network which will encourage research cooperation across geographical location, age and gender.

THOR management committee members‌Scientists from 17 European countries gathered in Brussels for the kick-off meeting of the new European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) network THOR. This network, devoted to the theory of hot matter and relativistic heavy-ion collisions, will help theoretical particle and nuclear physicists to create a community platform as counterpart to the ongoing vigorous experimental activities, at CERN and elsewhere.

During the next four years, THOR aims to bring together top researchers to investigate matter under extreme conditions and to create a vibrant, innovative and world-leading pan-European research environment.

Professor Gert Aarts, of Swansea University’s Particle Physics Theory Group at the College of Science  represented the UK at the kick-off meeting.  

Professor Aarts, who will serve on THOR's Management Committee, said: "Science is an international endeavour, driven by passionate researchers. I am very pleased that during the coming four years THOR will create ample opportunities to address important questions in this field.

“One of the COST goals is to enable inclusivity and open cooperation, across geographical location, age and gender. In the current climate, where the future of existing collaborative frameworks is uncertain, it is important to be able to emphasise how scientific activity brings people together in a positive and constructive manner, irrespective of where they are based or originate from."

During the meeting, Professor Aarts was also elected to lead one of the three working groups, which examines the phases of strongly interacting matter, an area of research to which the Particle Physics Theory group in Swansea's Physics Department contributes.

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