Kavli IPMU joins new organization to lead future neutrino experiments
November 8, 2017
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
Three world-leading science institutes and departments, a Nobel Laureate, and an upcoming project to develop one of the world's biggest neutrino detectors will make up the University of Tokyo's newest organization, the Next-generation Neutrino Science Organization (NNSO). An inaugural ceremony was held at Kamioka Observatory, near where the future detector will be built, on Wednesday.
The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, and the School of Science will make up NNSO, which aims to pioneer future neutrino physics, and lead collaborations between theoretical and experimental researchers through future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments. NNSO was established by the university on October 1.
About 100 researchers, government officials, and Kamioka locals attended Wednesday's ceremony, which started with a speech by NNSO's director, Kavli IPMU Principal Investigator and Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita. Other speakers included University of Tokyo Executive Vice President Masashi Haneda, School of Science Dean Hiroyuki Takeda, Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT) Division of Academic Institutions Section Chief Tomonori Nishii, and Kavli IPMU Director Hitoshi Murayama.