Over recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the use of Very High Energy Electron (VHEE) beams for radiotherapy. Due to this increase, there was a bumper attendance at the VHEE2020 International Workshop, held over 5th - 7th October 2020, and organised by CERN. More than 400 scientists with diverse backgrounds, from clinicians to biologists and accelerator physicists to dosimetry experts, several of whom were from the JAI, gathered virtually to evaluate and discuss the perspectives of this novel technique. The workshop followed a similar one organised in 2017 in Daresbury with the large increase in attendance demonstrates the increasing interest in the field.
The annual JAI fest, took place on Friday 11th December and was by all accounts a roaring success. Obviously due to the ongoing situation it was impossible to hold the meeting in person and it had to be held on Zoom. However, this provided no dampener on the excitement of the event, with many interesting talks given by the younger members of the JAI, the details of which can be found on the Indico page.
In some more great news to close a disrupted but altogether successful year for the JAI, Oxford DPhil student Eugenio Senes has successfully submitted and defended his thesis. Eugenio joined the JAI in 2017 following a successful period as a technical student at CERN. Since beginning his DPhil Eugenio has worked mostly on the Advanced WAKefield Experiment (AWAKE) at CERN as well as CERN's proton synchrotron.
Christmas at the JAI is normally a time where we get together for our annual JAI festival, a gathering to celebrate the work of our young researchers. Obviously due to the ongoing chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic this year's meeting will not be able to be held in person and will, therefore, be held in an online Zoom-style meeting. The Indico page can be found by clicking this link!
The meeting is set to occur on FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2020!
Professor Simon Hooker from the John Adams Institute at the University of Oxford has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize in recognition of his distinguished contributions to plasma physics