LIP-News Bulletin #17

In this issue (mostly in Portuguese, this time) we highlight two themes that are important for Portugal and for science in Portugal, far beyond particle physics. The first is the project to create a proton therapy center in Portugal, with treatment and research facilities. The association ProtoTera, of which LIP is a member, was created in the end of 2019 and will carry out the necessary studies and developments in the coming years. The other major theme is the approval by the CERN Council of the revision of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, which has been discussed in the community over the past two years, and which is fundamental for guaranteeing CERN’s future and Europe’s role in science and innovation throughout almost the entire 21st century.

A space dedicated to the pandemic situation follows. Firstly, the initiatives with the aim of helping in this fight that arose within the LIP community, especially in Coimbra. Then, several aspects of how we lived this troubled period at LIP, which somehow had to be present in this issue. But particle physics did not stop. All summer conferences took place online, with the usual avalanche of new results and, in many cases, more participants than possible in face-to-face editions. The article “HEP circa 2020” gives us a quite detailed summary of the state of affairs. The rest of the Bulletin is devoted to advanced training and dissemination, always very important to us, and also to what has been happening at LIP: news from the groups and collaborations, new research groups, new collaborators, defended theses. We try to catch up, and some things were left out already waiting for the next issue, in this which is the longest LIP-news Bulletin ever.

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