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Workshop on Observatory Synergies for Astroparticle physics and Geoscience

APPEC is organizing the Workshop on Observatory Synergies for Astroparticle Physics and Geoscience with the geoscientists of GEO-8 and the co-sponsoring of the Academia Europaea. The workshop will be held at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) on February, 11-12 2019 (afternoon to morning).

It will provide a venue for discussing the development of relatively recent and highly promising applications of astroparticle physics in the geosciences, including gravitational, muon, and neutrino imaging, innovative fiber-based monitoring systems, data collection in extreme environment, etc.

Furthermore, this workshop represents the ideal occasion for improving exchange and cooperation with geoscientists.

Details and the workshop program can be found here: 

Rationale. The recent convergence between Geoscience and Astroparticle Physics. In the last years there appeared many areas of natural synergy between Geosciences and Astroparticle Physics. Earth and Astroparticle sciences share a mutual scientific culture based on common objects of study, methods and approaches. They both deal with complex natural systems at much larger scales than the human scale, need deployments of large sensor networks in sometimes very hostile environments (sea, desert, underground, space), use long series of precise observations acquired over a range of time scales. They develop models relying on the state of the art in fundamental physics, chemistry, earth sciences, biology, numerical and computer sciences.  They finally use big data analysis and transfer and worldwide networking. In particular, some of the synergies concern:

  1. Imaging (gravitational, acoustic, muon, neutrino)
  2. Data collection in extreme environment
  3. New technological means for parameter monitoring
  4. Contribution to the understanding and forecasting of natural hazards

Aim and structure of the workshop. The main aim of the proposed workshop is to explore the possible common grounds and combine the scientific expertise of both fields, involving key PIs of the respective fields together, in order to promote original interdisciplinary research and education projects. The structure of the workshop will be as follows:  There will be a series of short presentations by key PI’s on the possible synergies and the cases developed up to now, followed by a discussion and a closing meeting with organisations collaborating in APPEC and GEO-8, as well as other Geosciences and Astrophysics agencies.  Common lines of action, regarding co-funding or common applications to European calls, and international collaborations will be explored. The workshop will also examine opportunities for future coordination during the last part of the H2020 (2018-2020) and the forthcoming Horizon Europe programs.

Organizing Committee:

  • Michel Diament (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) 
  • Philippe Jousset (Helmholtz Centre GFZ)
  • Stavros Katsanevas (Director of EGO – European Gravitational Observatory)
  • Giovanni Macedonio (INGV Osservatorio Vesuviano)
  • Francesca Moglia (DESY-APPEC, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron)
  • Paolo Papale (INGV Pisa; Chair, Earth and Cosmic Sciences section of the Academia Europaea