Welcome to issue #35 of Accelerating News, and happy New Year!
The first issue of the year kicks-off with an update of the activities taking place for Run 3 of the LHC and the upgrades for its operation at high-luminosity; reports on the events of the last quarter of 2020; highlights two Horizon 2020 projects; and signs-off with a review of a material characterisation study of superconducting wires.
On the LHC activities, this issue brings an updated schedule of the Long-Shutdown 2, preceding Run 3; and, with the accelerators starting up again, an overview of impact of past year in the foreseen activities. It also highlights upgrades and repairs of the HIE-ISOLDE linear accelerator and the cool upgrades at LHC Point 4, the ALICE experiment. An outlook into the future machines is brought by the announcements of the EC-funded Horizon 2020 projects FCC Innovation Study (FCCIS) and I.FAST for Innovation Fostering in Accelerator Science and Technology.
A report from the online masterclass facilitated by the MSC group at CERN for most of 2020; an overview of VHEE2020, an international workshop focused on the production of very-high energy electron beams for radiotherapy; and of the first-ever HSE-KT Innovation Day bring this issue to a close.
The editors invite to browse the new issue and learn more about all the amazing developments in the particle accelerator community. Happy reading!
Daniela Antonio, Editor-in-Chief