Slovenian delegation visited KEK to attend the SuperKEKB Groundbreaking Ceremony

25 Nov, 2011

On November 18, Helena Drnovsek-Zorko, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo, Danijel Rebolj, Rector of the University of Maribor, and Franc Forstneric, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana.

Before the ceremony, professors D. Rebolj, F. Forstneric and Slovenian Belle II collaborators had a meeting with Atsuto Suzuki, Director-General of KEK.

Slovenia participates in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and in the Belle II Experiment at KEK. Both experiments are essential for Slovenia to promote the study in the field high energy physics.

14 Slovenian researchers participate in the Belle II Collaboration. Professor Yamauchi emphasized, ”Slovenian team has worked very hard. Though the number of Slovenian collaborators is not so big, they have key persons, such as Peter Krizan, Spokesperson of Belle II.”

Now, Belle II Collaboration consists of more than 400members, from 61 institutions, 17 countries/region, and is getting bigger. 5 new institutions were approved to be the Belle II member on November 17, 2011. It is a good size of a research group for young people who try to study in the field high energy physics. Professor Peter Krizan said, “We know each other very well and have established a close relationship. The size of the Belle II community is a suitable for young researchers not only to study physics, but also to understand cultural and educational background.”