Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences
Job description: In the context of the new EOS (Excellence of Science) programme in Belgium, the project be.h -- The H boson gateway to physics beyond Standard Model has started the 1st of Jan 2018, as a consortium among the HEP groups in five Universities in Belgium -- Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Universiteit Ghent (UG), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
At a plenary meeting of the European Committee for Future Accelerators
(ECFA) held at CERN on 16–17 November, Jorgen D’Hondt of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium was elected ECFA chairperson.
A consortium of Belgian, British and French scientists, including physicists from the VUB, has deployed a new kind of neutrino detector at the BR2 research reactor of SCK•CEN in Mol. After the discovery of the Higgs boson, the researchers are getting closer to achieve one of the biggest challenges in Science: detecting a new kind of elementary particle, the sterile neutrino.
On October 13 2017, during the 29th General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) in São Paulo, Brazil, Alexander Sevrin has been reelected as member for a second term. He will be serving on the committee “Mathematical Physics” (C18).
The 35th International Cosmic-Ray Conference took place in Busan, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th, 2017.
More than 800 physicists attended the conference to discuss the latest progress in cosmic-ray and solar physics.
Furthermore, recent developments in gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy as well as the hunt for dark matter were covered.
The VUB was clearly represented with 10 posters and 4 talks.