A report was given on the ILCSC meeting that was held earlier on 17 February. R&D on the ILC accelerator, and the ILC detector designs, are progressing well. There was an extended discussion on ILC governance after 2012 when the mandates of the GDE and ILCSC end; ILCSC will bring a proposal to ICFA on this by the end of the year.
The term of the current ILCSC Chair, Jon Bagger, was extended to the end of 2012.
A document, titled “Discovery’s Horizon”, is being produced by an ICFA subgroup; it will provide a global picture of particle physics. The key messages will be: the compelling science of the field, with new tools providing the opportunities for discoveries not previously possible; accelerators and experiments are beyond the reach of a single region to build and operate; and particle physics gives a good example of cooperation in an international arena. The document will be completed later in 2011—see Item #5, below.
ICFA Guideline #5 currently reads:
“Operating laboratories should not require experimental groups to contribute to the running costs of the accelerators or colliding beam machines nor to the operating costs of their associated experimental areas.”
ICFA agreed to replace this by:
"Operating laboratories should not require experimental groups to contribute to the running costs of the accelerators or colliding beam machines nor to the operating costs of their associated experimental areas. However, in particular for a large global facility, allocation of operating costs should be agreed by the project partners before project approval, while still allowing open access for experimental groups."
The next ICFA Seminar will be held at CERN in October 2011, and the initial plans and agenda for the Seminar were discussed. One major objective of the Seminar will be to discuss and produce a final version of the document “Discovery’s Horizon” which will lead to a vision for the future of the field.
Presentations were made by ICFA Panels, the ICFA-ICUIL collaboration on laser acceleration of particles, and by the labs and regions represented at the meeting; there was also a report on the status of the CLIC pro