Modern experimental particle physics is a high-budget, long-time-scale operation, which requires a great deal of planning. Fortunately there is a process in place, dubbed Snowmass after the scenic location in Colorado where meetings were traditionally held. (Funding agencies subsequently decided that it was unseemly for scientists to hold meetings in places that sound like vacation resorts, so this year “Snowmass” is in Minneapolis.)
Any field depends on the engagement and interest of its younger members, so it’s great to know there is a Snowmass Young Physicist Movement. And if you’re a young high-energy physicist, they would like your input. Below is the message from organizer Marcelle Soares-Santos, but the short version is that they’re asking people to complete this brief survey. Every bit of information helps.
The Snowmass process which is ongoing through this summer encompasses a series of studies carried out by the high energy physics community with the goal to establish a coherent long term plan for the field in all of its Frontiers — Cosmic, Energy and Intensity.
The young scientists forum at Snowmass is organizing a survey to obtain a snapshot of views, concerns and aspirations of our scientists, specially those at the early stage of their careers. We are reaching out to students, postdocs and faculty asking that you contribute by completing the survey and forwarding this message to your colleagues.
The link to the survey is: http://tinyurl.com/snowmassyoung
The estimated time to complete the survey is 5 to 10 minutes. You will note that the survey also includes questions for those who left academia, so if you can help us reach more people from that demographic group, that will be much appreciated too.
Thank you very much for your participation!
On behalf of the Snowmass Young group.