Professor Frank Linde leads consortium on astroparticle physics
The General Assembly of the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC) appointed Professor Frank Linde (Nikhef/UvA-IoP) as its new chair on 9 January. APPEC is a consortium of 14 European research organisations which have joined forces to coordinate and fund the rapidly growing field of astroparticle physics. Germany’s Thomas Berghöfer has been reappointed as secretary general. The appointments are for two years.
Professor Frank Linde was reappointed as a researcher at the Institute of Physics (IoP) on 1 January 2015, following a 10-year interval in which he served as director of the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). Commenting on his appointment at APPEC, he said: ‘Astroparticle physics is about unbelievably challenging and fundamental scientific questions. Over the next few years, we may well find ourselves unveiling some very exciting discoveries. My top priority will be to progress with the planning and funding of a number of large research facilities, particularly for multi-messenger studies. I’d also like to strengthen ties with CERN.’
APPEC has an ambitious roadmap for achieving the next generation of large research facilities to facilitate research in the rapidly growing interface of physics and astronomy. Examples include detectors for the direct detection of gravitational waves, experiments for determining neutrino properties (such as KM3NeT), and facilities for researching dark matter and dark energy.