Silvia Masciocchi elected as Chair of the ALICE Collaboration Board
Professor Silvia Masciocchi, head of the GSI’s research department ALICE, has been elected as Chair of the ALICE Collaboration Board. Her term of office will begin in October and last three years. ALICE is one of the four large-scale experiments at the Large Hadron Collider of the European Research Center CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The experiment is run by the ALICE collaboration, which consists of approximately 2000 members from 175 different institutes in 40 countries.
The Collaboration Board is the highest body overseeing the work of the ALICE collaboration. It considers all issues, policies, decisions and recommendations relevant to the construction, maintenance, operation and upgrading of the ALICE experiment, as well as any issues related to the analysis and publication of information or data taken during experiments with the ALICE set-up.
"It is a great honor for me to be elected as Chair by the Collaboration Board. I am very thankful for the very large support and the trust the Collaboration puts in me," explained Silvia Masciocchi after the election. "I look forward to the many tasks and challenges that this responsible position brings with it. ALICE is going through a very exciting and very challenging phase: While we are still publishing many physics results from the first two periods of LHC running (from 2009 to 2018), we are currently upgrading most of the experimental apparatus and software framework. From 2021 onwards, ALICE will record heavy-ion collisions at the unprecedented rate of 50 kilohertz in continuous readout mode. The Collaboration faces ambitious and intense work in order to ensure that ALICE will be ready for a successful data taking starting in 2021, which will allow a significantly extended physics program. I am looking forward to steering the efforts of the whole collaboration through the Collaboration Board in the next exciting years. Also, in this way GSI continues to have a leading and essential role in the success of ALICE.”
Silvia Masciocchi studied physics in Milan, Italy. After completing her PhD at the University of Heidelberg, she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich and the Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY in Hamburg. In 2006, she joined GSI in the research department ALICE, which she has also headed since 2011. In 2017, she was appointed Professor at the University of Heidelberg.
From the beginning, GSI has played a leading role in the construction and scientific program of ALICE. GSI's research department ALICE shares responsibility for the operation of ALICE's two largest detector systems. The Time Projection Chamber (TPC) and the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) were designed and built with significant contribution of GSI’s ALICE department and Detector Laboratory. Currently, GSI gives an essential contribution to the ALICE upgrade program, specifically in the TPC project and in the development of the new Online-Offline (O2) software framework. To do this, GSI’s ALICE department, Detector Laboratory and IT department work closely together. GSI scientists have several leading roles in data analysis and in the physics program of ALICE. (cp)