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New ATLAS management team takes the helm

The ATLAS collaboration at CERN welcomes a new management team at its helm. Spokesperson Andreas Hoecker (CERN) will continue to steer the experiment until February 2025


The new ATLAS management team.

The new ATLAS management team (from left to right): Resource Coordinator David Francis (CERN), Deputy Spokesperson Manuella Vincter (Carleton University), Technical Coordinator Ludovico Pontecorvo (CERN), Spokesperson Andreas Hoecker (CERN), Upgrade Coordinator Benedetto Gorini (CERN), and Deputy Spokesperson Stéphane Willocq (University of Massachusetts Amherst). (Image: CERN)

The ATLAS collaboration is a global effort involving almost 6000 physicists, engineers, technicians and other experts. Made up of 182 institutions spread over every populated continent, its multinational efforts require a high level of coordination. Together, a new ATLAS management team will oversee all aspects of the collaboration throughout most of LHC Run 3.

ATLAS spokesperson Andreas Hoecker will work with several familiar faces in the management team. Manuella Vincter (Carleton University) continues as deputy spokesperson. She is joined by deputy spokesperson Stéphane Willocq (University of Massachusetts Amherst), who previously served as ATLAS physics coordinator. Technical coordinator Ludovico Pontecorvo (CERN) will continue in his role for another year, before handing the baton to Martin Aleksa (CERN) in March 2024. David Francis (CERN) continues as resources coordinator and Benedetto Gorini (CERN), who joined the team in October 2022, continues as upgrade coordinator. Stepping down from their roles are deputy spokesperson Marumi Kado (new Director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich) and, since October 2022, upgrade coordinator Francesco Lanni (new leader of the CERN Neutrino Platform). Both provided invaluable contributions to ATLAS during their terms.

“This is an exciting time for the ATLAS collaboration, as we are undertaking several key objectives simultaneously,” says Andreas. “In addition to collecting and analysing data from the current record-energy operation of the LHC, benefitting from recently installed detector improvements, our broad programme of physics analysis and experiment upgrade will continue apace. Meeting this wide range of goals will require our full commitment and focus of effort.”

In its 30 years of history, the ATLAS collaboration has proven to be a leading source of scientific excellence – a legacy the ATLAS management team plans to build on. “I am confident that ATLAS members will rise to the occasion to meet these challenges,” concludes Andreas. “Our members are a great source of inspiration to me; their ideas and contributions are the driving force behind our experiment’s excellent results. As spokesperson, I will continue to cultivate our longstanding culture of open and inclusive engagement.”


Read the full text on the ATLAS collaboration’s website: https://atlas.cern/Updates/News/New-Management-Team