AMVA4NewPhysics has a little brother, INSIGHTS. The latter is in fact young but not so little, as it starts big: it is a new ITN that has just been approved and will be funded for four years with 3.14 million euros, starting in September 2017. Like AMVA4NewPhysics, INSIGHTS is a child of the marriage of particle physics and statistics, and like AMVA4NewPhysics it will train highly-skilled graduate students on a wide range of topics, bringing interdisciplinarity into their genes. Finally, like its older brother, INSIGHTS has INFN as a beneficiary partner, and it will bring funding to its Naples and Padova section, in the latter case with Dorigo, who is also the scientific coordinator of AMVA4NewPhysics, as PI.
It is important to recall that the whole concept of the ITN institution, one of the “Marie-Curie Actions” of the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the EU for the Horizon2020 programme, is to create “lasting structures” of innovative training for Ph.D. students in Europe. But how can one create a lasting structure with a time-constrained, if generous, funding ?
The solution, which I think the REA implicitly accepts when it selects the projects to fund, is to allow successful projects to be resubmitted, as well as to give trust to credible projects that claim synergy with others already underway. Indeed, when the INSIGHTS project was written, its editors were careful to include mentions of possible synergies (co-organization of training events, knowledge exchange, common outreach) with AMVA4NewPhysics.
I think these synergies are potentially very useful. For example, AMVA4NewPhysics plans to organize a workshop in statistics toward the end of its lifetime. A successful workshop costs a lot of effort to be organized, as well as money (e.g. to invite keynote speakers). Here is a concrete example of something that can be created by a joint effort with INSIGHTS – as the latter also has similar events in its programme. Working together, this may become a much better event!
The synergy is also implicit in the overlap of the scientific program of the two networks. In fact, INFN -a beneficiary of both ITNs- aims at doing research with CMS data in both. In general, many members of the two networks already cooperate in the experiments they belong to. So things will run smoothly in this respect.
For now, this blog welcomes the new network and congratulates with its scientific coordinator, Prof. Glen Cowan of the Royal Holloway University in London. The network includes 10 more beneficiaries and 6 partners. More information on its composition will be given when the network starts.