KEK presented its plan for the ILC project in Lausanne


Masanori Yamauchi, Director General of KEK, made a presentation regarding KEK’s plan for the ILC, at the international conference held on 8-9 April 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About 100 scientists from around the world who aim for the realization of electron-positron linear colliders gathered at the Linear Collider Community Meeting, to discuss the future linear collider activities.

In the conference, Yamauchi presented KEK’s plan for the ILC for the upcoming year, summarized as follows:

  • ◇Organise the international working group with close consultation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

  • ◇Promote activities to gain a better understanding of the broader academic community in Japan (Propose the ILC project to the Science Council of Japan’s Master Plan; Organise a symposium)

  • ◇Cooperate with MEXT to establish the governmental level discussion groups with France and Germany. Also, strengthen the discussion group with the US DOE.

  • ◇Conduct R&D program at ATF, STF and CFF facilities collaborating with the international teams

Masanori Yamauchi giving a talk at Linear Collider Community Meeting

At the ICFA/LCB meeting held on 7 March, MEXT presented its views concerning the ILC project, stating “MEXT has not yet reached declaration for hosting the ILC in Japan at this moment” but “MEXT will continue to discuss the ILC project with other governments while having an interest in the ILC project.” In response, ICFA released a statement that it views MEXT’s statement of continuing interest in the ILC as an important milestone along the path to the ILC. KEK’s plan is in accord with the ICFA statement and MEXT’s view, and illustrates the specific steps that will be taken by KEK toward an early realization of the ILC. The result of the discussions at the Lausanne conference will be used as an input for the discussions of the Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics.


  • ・About the European Strategy for Particle Physics
    Approximately every seven years the European particle physics community updates the priorities and strategy of the field. Launched by the CERN Council in October 2018, the current Update of European Strategy for Particle Physics is a two-year process in which the community expresses its views on the current status and future direction of particle physics in Europe. Input has been collected and will be presented and discussed at an Open Symposium. The input will be summarized in a Physics Briefing book. An updated strategy will be drafted by the Strategy Group, which consists mainly of the delegates of the CERN member states, and submitted to the CERN Council, for adoption, in a special session planned to take place in May 2020. This process is led by the European particle physics community but with strong worldwide participation of scientists. The input from Japan on the plan for the International Linear Collider will constitute an important element of the discussions that are expected at the Open Symposium.

  • ・About ICFA
    ICFA, the International Committee for Future Accelerators, was created to facilitate international collaboration in the construction and use of accelerators for high energy physics. The Committee has 18 members, selected primarily from the regions most deeply involved in high-energy physics.

  • ・About LCB
    The Linear Collider Board (LCB), as a sub-panel of ICFA, supervises the activity of the Linear Collider Collaboration led by Lyn Evans, which promotes the R&D, engineering design and project execution plan for the ILC.

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