Hitoshi Murayama named Chair of P5 Committee

March 20, 2023
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)


Hitoshi Murayama, Professor at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) has been selected as the Chair of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) in the US, it was announced by the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation in November 2022.

The P5 recommends priorities in particle physics research projects for the next ten years, and reports to the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel that in turn advises the High-Energy Physics of the US Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Division of Physics at the National Science Foundation.

Over the next few months, the panel will have several town hall meetings with people in the community and early career scientists to voice their opinions on future projects and new issues. The panel will also hold several closed meetings to make recommendations on the list of projects consistent with budget profiles given by the agencies. The final report is due in October.

During the first town hall meeting on February 22, Murayama talked about the challenges of expanding and defining the boundaries on physics, as well as establishing its future priorities.

Kavli IPMU Professor and P5 Chair Hitoshi Murayama speaking at the first town hall meeting at Berkeley Lab. (Credit: Paul Mueller / Berkeley Lab)

“I have to say I’m scared of this huge responsibility to frame the US particle physics program for the next ten years, amounting to more than ten billion dollars. Yet I’m sure that we can come up with a very exciting program to address major problems in particle physics. The panel has enormous expertise in the whole spectrum of particle physics and is working extremely well already,” said Murayama.

The P5 panel is made up of 31 members, including The University of Tokyo Department of Physics Professor Shoji Asai.

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Related links
DOE/NSF P5 “Cosmic Frontier” Town Hall hosted at Berkeley Lab on February 22-24 (Berkeley Lab Physical Sciences News)
The tentative official P5 website