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On the history of the Lomonosov Conferences

 

 

 

It was more than twenty five years ago when the first of the series of conferences (from 1993 called the Lomonosov Conferences), was held at the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow State University (June 1983). The second conference was held in Kishinev, Republic of Moldavia, USSR (May 1985).

After the four years break this series was resumed on a new conceptual basis for the conference programme focus. During the preparation of the third conference (that was held in Maykop, Russia, 1989) a desire to broaden the programme to include more general issues in particle physics became apparent. At subsequent meetings of this series (Minsk, Republic of Byelorussia, USSR, 1990; Yaroslavl, Russia, 1992) a wide variety of interesting things both in theory and experiment of particle physics, field theory, gravitation and astrophysics were included into the programmes. During the conference of 1992 in Yaroslavl it was proposed by myself and approved by numerous participants that these irregularly held meetings should be transformed into regular events under the title Lomonosov Conferences on Elementary Particle Physics. It was also decided to enlarge the number of institutions that would take part in preparation of future conferences.

Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765), a brilliant Russian encyclopaedias of the era of the Russian Empress Catherine the 2nd, was world renowned for his distinguished contributions in the fields of science and art. He also helped establish the high school educational system in Russia. The Moscow State University was founded in 1755 based on his plan and initiative, and the University now bears the name of Lomonosov.

The 6th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics (1993) and all of the subsequent conferences of this series were held at the Moscow State University on each of the odd years. Publication of the volume "Particle Physics, Gauge Fields and Astrophysics" containing articles written on the basis of presentations at the 5th and 6th Lomonosov Conferences was supported by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome, 1994). Proceedings of the 7th and 8th Lomonosov Conference (entitled Problems of Fundamental Physics and Elementary Particle Physics) were published by the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies (Moscow, 1997 and 1999). Proceedings of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Lomonosov Conferences (entitled Particle Physics at the Start of the New Millennium, Frontiers of Particle Physics, Particle Physics in Laboratory, Space and Universe, Particle Physics at the Year of 250th Anniversary of Moscow University, Particle Physics on the Eve of LHC, Particle Physics at the Year of Astronomy and Particle Physics at the Year of Tercentenary of Mikhail Lomonosov) were published by World Scientific Publishing Co. (Singapore) in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013, correspondently (see www.icas.ru _english _ projects_conferences _ 9/10/11/12/13/14/15LomCon _ proceedings).

 

The 15th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics was held at the Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) on August 18-24, 20011 under the Patronage of the Rector of the Moscow State University Victor Sadovnichy. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University in cooperation with the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies and supported by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna), the Institute for Nuclear Research (Moscow), the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of MSU and the Bruno Pontecorvo Neutrino and Astrophysics Laboratory (MSU). The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research sponsored the conference.

The physics programme of the 15th Lomonosov Conference included review and original talks on wide range of items such as neutrino and astroparticle physics, electroweak theory, fundamental symmetries, tests of standard model and beyond, heavy quark physics, non-perturbative QCD, quantum gravity effects, physics at the future accelerators. Totally there were more than 350 participants with 147 talks including 53 plenary (30-25 min) talks, 43 session (20 min) talks, 36 brief (15-10 min) reports and 15 poster presentations. One of the goals of the conference was to bring together scientists, both theoreticians and experimentalists, working in different fields, so that no parallel sessions were organized at the conference. The Round table discussion on Frontiers of Particle Physics: News from High Energies, Neutrinos and Cosmology was held during the last day of the 15th Lomonosov Conference.

The proceedings of this conference entitled Particle Physics at the Year of Tercentenary of Mikhail Lomonosov have been just published by World Scientific Publishing Co. (Singapore), see the contents of this volume on our web site www.icas.ru_ english_ projects_conferences_15LomCon _ proceedings).

 

Following the tradition that has started in 1995, each of the Lomonosov Conferences on particle physics has been accompanied by a conference on problems of intellectuals. The 4th International Meeting on Problems of Intellectuals has been held during the last day of the 10th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2001). The subject of the Meeting was specified as follows: International Co-operation of Intellectuals. The 5th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 11th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2003) was dedicated to discussions on the issue Intelligentsia and Education, the 6th meeting of this series held during the 12th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2005) was dedicated to discussions on the issue Intelligentsia and Violence: Responses to Repression and Terrorism. The 7th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 13th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2007) was dedicated to discussions on the issue Rights and Responsibility of the Intelligentsia. The 8th International Meeting on Problems of Intellectuals held during the 14th Lomonosov Conference on (August, 2009) was dedicated to the issue "The Intelligentsia and World Crisis". The 9th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 15th Lomonosov Conference (August 24, 2011) was dedicated to discussions on the issue The Intelligentsia: Custodial of Civilization.

Alexander Studenikin