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International Symposium “Physics in Collision”

About 30 scientists from 15 countries are discussing the latest results of research conducted in the field of particle physics at the symposium “Physics in Collision” ongoing at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). Modern experiments in particle physics are carried out within the framework of international scientific collaborations - the best example of this is the experiments of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). An international advisory board and international collaborations are jointly selecting speakers for Physics in Collision symposia, most of whom are world-renowned scientists.

TSU Deputy Rector Nino Okribelashvili said that it is important that along with well-known scientists, young researchers will also present their papers. “The involvement of young people in international and local research will be re-confirmed at the symposium, and these results will be presented to the broad audience. The young generation will be given an opportunity to see their future in research, science and make a significant contribution to the development of modern physics.”

The 41st International Symposium “Physics in Collision” was first held in 1981, in the city of Blacksburg, USA. Since then, it has become an annual event and plays an important role among particle physics conferences. “The fact that the conference is being held in Tbilisi is largely due to those Georgian scientists who have received international recognition in the field of particle physics. Reports at the conference will be presented by well-known scientists who participate in ongoing experiments at CERN, including those conducted at large accelerators, as well as in research conducted in cosmic ray physics and astroparticle physics,” TSU Professor Revaz Shanidze said.

Professor Livia Ludhova of Aachen University (Germany) spoke about the importance of the Tbilisi symposium, hailing it as “unique and innovative.”

The conference will also host a Physics in Collision poster session, which is particularly attractive to young scientists and PhD students. This enables them to present their research results together with renowned scientists.

“The conference has a long history, and I am happy that this year it is being held at my home university that will contribute to further popularization of our university worldwide. We will once again remind the world that we have great traditions in physics, like in other sciences. Tbilisi State University has really deserved to be one of the outstanding institutions in this field”, Vakhtang Kartvelishvili, Professor of Lancaster University (Great Britain), said.

The High Energy Physics Institute of Tbilisi State University is actively involved in international scientific projects - including the ATLAS experiment, which is conducted at the LHC, as well as in neutrino physics and astrophysics research within the framework of the KM3NeT international project. The High Energy Physics Institute has a multi-year successful cooperation with Julich Research Center (Germany). It should be noted that based on this cooperation, the Georgian-German Science Bridge was established - a project that plays an important role in scientific, educational, and cultural relations between the two countries. The scientific contacts established within the framework of the Georgian-German Science Bridge have contributed to the holding of the Physics in Collision symposium at Tbilisi State University.