Asian Nuclear Physics Association (ANPhA)
18 July 2009 the Asian Nuclear Physics Association
has been officially launched in Beijing by the representatives from
China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
objectives of ANPhA are:
- to strengthen "Collaboration"
among the Asian communities in nuclear research through the promotion
of basic nuclear physics and its applications,
- to promote "Education"
in the Asian nuclear science communities through mutual exchange and
coordination of resources,
- to encourage "Coordination"
among the Asian nuclear scientists for active utilization of existing
research facilities, and
- to discuss future planning
of the nuclear science facilities and instrumentation among member countries.
the need of an organization like ANPhA was raised from time to time
at the meetings of the Commission on Nuclear Physics (C12) of the International
Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) as well as at its Working
Group (WG.9) on the International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics (ICNP).
The first step was taken during the meetings of WG.9 and C12 in May
2008 held at CERN, where Shoji Nagamiya (KEK/J-PARC, Japan), Dong-Pil
Min (SNU, Korea), Hideyuki Sakai (U. Tokyo, Japan), and Wenqing Shen
(NSFC, China) met together after the dinner of WG.9 and agreed to launch
an initiative to form some organization in Asia similar to NuPECC in
Europe. In Asia, the world class facilities, such as RIBF at RIKEN and
J-PARC at Tokai in Japan, a new initiative on a heavy ion accelerator
in Korea, Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou (HIRFL) and BRIF(II)
at CIAE in China, etc. are in operation or being planned.
widely recognized among the member countries that systematically organized
usage of these facilities was still missing and a collaborative scheme
was highly desirable to make the best use of them. Thus one of the major
roles of ANPhA was to provide a common ground to discuss those issues
in harmony. Another important role of ANPhA was to promote education
in nuclear science among the Asian countries through various means.
preparation meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan in October 4, 2008 followed
by the second one in Seoul, Korea in February 21, 2009.
18, 2009 the Inauguration Ceremony took place in the Ying Jie Conference
Center of Peking University in Beijing. First, the board members from
China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam were officially confirmed. These board
members gave their official approval to the Bylaws. These initial board
members are Weiping Liu, Yugang Ma, Guoqing Xiao, and Yanlin Ye from
China, Tohru Motobayashi, Shoji Nagamiya, Takaharu Otsuka and Hideyuki
Sakai from Japan, Seung-Woo Hong, Wooyoung Kim, and Dong-Pil Min, from
Korea, and Dao Tien Khoa from Vietnam. Second, for the first term Hideyuki
Sakai was elected as the Chair of ANPhA, Dong-Pil Min and Yanlin Ye
were elected as Vice-Chairs, and Tohru Motobayashi was later appointed
by the Chair as Scientific Secretary.
the Inauguration Ceremony, congratulatory addresses were given by Wenqing
Shen (Deputy Director of NSFC), Wenlong Zhan (Deputy Director of CAS),
Huanqiao Zhang (Chair of NPSC), Jiaer Chen (Former President of PKU)
and Guangda Zhao (Director of the Scientific Committee of the School
of Physics of PKU), which were followed by speeches by the ANPhA board
members representing the nuclear physics communities in their own countries.
The ceremony was also witnessed by professors Boqiang Ma, Yuxin Liu
and Furong Xu of Peking University. Finally, the commemorative photograph
the ceremony, the first business meeting of ANPhA took place. The main
topics of the discussion were:
1. Invitation of new
member countries and regions,
2. Preparation of documents
for the existing research facilities and computing resources in member
countries and regions,
3. ANPhA support for
symposiums and schools,
4. Discussion on the
long-range plan of ANPhA,
5. Decision on the
second ANPhA meeting.
is decided that the official ANPhA Office is located at the RIKEN Nishina
Center in Japan. A very preliminary ANPhA home page is currently available
first ANPhA board meeting, it was proposed to organize the First ANPhA
Symposium on Asian Nuclear Physics Facilities on January 14-15, 2010
at Tokai, Japan. A visit to J-PARC for symposium participants will be
The next ANPhA
board meeting will be held on January 17 (Sunday), 2010 in conjunction
with the First ANPhA Symposium.
Front row from left to right:
Quanqiao ZHANG; Wenqing SHEN; Hideyuki SAKAI; Shoji NAGAMIYA; JIaer CHEN; Seung-Woo HONG; Guangda ZHAO.
Second row from left to right:
Yuxin LIU; Wooyoung KIM; Tohru MOTOBAYASHI; Weiping LIU; Dao Tien KHOA; Yanlin YE; Wenlong ZHAN;
Takaharu OTSUKA; Boqiang MA; Hushan XU; Yugang MA; Furong XU