Prof Marco Gersabeck

Professor of Particle Physics, The University of Manchester

30th International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies – Lepton Photon 2021

The 30th International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies was held 10-14 January 2022, involving over 600 participants from across the world.

In the tradition of this series of symposia, the programme covered a wide range of topics of major interest to the particle physics community. These spanned exploitation of current experiments, R&D towards future facilities, theoretical developments, and contributions on inclusion, diversity, and public engagement. In addition to the core plenary talks, the event also included parallel and poster sessions.

The conference was originally due to take place at The University of Manchester; however, the continued pressures of the pandemic meant that it was eventually held online, with significant involvement and leadership from the University of Manchester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Even though the conference was not held face-to-face in the city, it still represented a superb showcase of the ground-breaking research taking place in Manchester.

Prof Gersabeck commented “It has been a pleasure to host these discussions from Manchester and see the tremendous spirit of collaboration between physicists from around the world.”

The UK as a whole has a very active particle physics community and Manchester is a leading institution in this area with spokespeople in some of the major experimental collaborations in the field, covering LHC, neutrino physics, and muon physics. The Local Organising Committee for Lepton Photon 2021 covered all relevant areas from detectors to theory.

The University of Manchester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is internationally leading and includes the Jodrell Bank Observatory, home to the SKA headquarters, the National Graphene Institute, and the Photon Science Institute. The High Energy Physics group is one of the largest in the UK and has leading involvements in a range of areas including LHC (ATLAS, LHCb), neutrino physics MicroBooNe , SuperNemo , SBND, and DUNE), and charged lepton physics (Muon g-2 , Mu2e). The group also includes a number of theorists who are making key contributions to SM physics as well as BSM models and particle cosmology.