Hong Joo Kim, the Director
On 15 September of 2000, the Centre for High-Energy Physics(CHEP)
in Korea was formally inaugurated at Kyungpook National University,
June of 2000 the CHEP, in which most Korean high-energy physicists
participate, was finally approved as one of the designated Excellent
Research Centers supported by the Korean Ministry of Science
and Technology through its Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.
It was a significant occasion, since
Korean high-energy physicists have waited a long time for
such a centre to focus and coordinate their research.
To mark the ceremony, Samuel C C Ting, 1976 Nobel Laureate
in Physics, delivered a special lecture on "Research
directions of high-energy physics in the 21st century".
The ceremony also included congratulatory addresses form Han
Jung-Kil, vice-minister of Science and Technology, and Rhee
Shang-Hi, chairperson of the Science, Technology, Information
and Telecommunication Committee of the National Assembly.
Representatives of the CMS (CERN) and CDF (Fermilab) collaborations
also attended the ceremony.
The CHEP as of 2002, under director Dongchul Son, consists
of 20 faculties, 20 physicists and about 80 graduate students
from 12 institutions in Korea, and will be supported at least
until 2009 years. The centre will initally focus activities
on several experiments, including AMS, CMS, CDF and BELLE,
in which the Koreans are currently participationg. In coming
years it will concentrate on fewer experiments while exploiting
domestic ones, and aims to play a more visible role in the
world high-energy physics community.
Looking forward to your sincere support for HEP in Korea,
Hong Joo Kim