Earlier participation by Australian physicists in UA2 and NOMAD has been followed up by substantial involvement in ATLAS. This is led by a group of high-energy physicists at the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, which also participate in the BELLE experiment at KEK in Japan. Australia participates in the Silicon Tracker of ATLAS, the ISOLDE experiment and has also prepared a Tier-2 centre for the ATLAS Grid computing.

In 2007, the collaboration between CERN and Australia has been enlarged through the Australian Synchrotron concluding an agreement with CERN concerning collaboration in accelerator science and related technologies, but also through the signature of an agreement in 2010 between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and CERN concerning collaboration in nuclear, accelerator and material science.

The new Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale will for the first time coordinate terascale high-energy physics research across Australia, creating new research groups at the Universities of Adelaide and Sydney and augmenting groups at Melbourne and Monash. Funding for the Centre is substantial and it will greatly enhance international linkages, including with CERN.

The new Australian Collaboration for Accelerator Science (ACAS) is a collaboration between the Australian National University, ANSTO, the Australian Synchrotron and the University of Melbourne. ACAS has become the latest participant in the CLIC/CTF3 Collaboration.

Melbourne hosted the International Conference on High Energy Physics in 2012 (ICHEP 2012).

CERN contact(s): E. Tsesmelis

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