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Accelerator Management
This page concerns the Technical Meeting on Management Strategies for Accelerator Facilities held on September 15-19, 2014 in Synchrotron SOLEIL, Saint-Aubin, France.
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User-oriented accelerators facilities such as synchrotron light sources for research, ion accelerators for medicine, radio-pharmacy and hadron therapy, particle and ion accelerators for nuclear and sub-nuclear physics and for multi-disciplinary ion-beam applications are efficiently operate all over the world in developed as well as developing countries. Despite the considerable effort to disseminate the know-how and the high-level expertise generated at the design R&D phase and during long-lasted operation around these accelerator facilities, common strategies for managing and evaluating the facilities are still missing or not completely identified and therefore not shared globally.
Although a proven strong correlation exists between investments in research, economic growth and competitiveness, the decreasing availability of national and international funds may limit the use and, more importantly, the development of new accelerator infrastructures due to the large initial investments and to the large, often not optimised, operation costs. For this reason a common strategy and new business models need to be identified to plan for new user-oriented national and international facilities characterized by optimized running costs, while preserving the highest level of reliability and excellence in research and cutting-edge applications.
The purpose of the meeting is to bring together worldwide experts to discuss, develop and promote best practices and common management strategies for accelerator facilities. Within the enlarged ion and electron accelerator community the Technical Meeting will provide a forum to share, at decision making and management level, existing experiences on the various aspects of management of accelerator facilities, identifying synergies among the different types of accelerators and its different users communities and demands.
The analysis of case-studies and of successful experiences recently generated in accelerator laboratories worldwide will provide a valuable feedback to designers and managers of new facilities but will also give precious help to define the future of existing accelerator facilities.
The following sessions and discussions were planned:
Sessions Topics to be discussed
Fulfilling user requirements at various types of facilities a) Review operation schemes of various types of accelerator facilities in response to the users requirements
Business and management models for accelerator facilities
b) Assessment of different business and management models for accelerator facilities
c) Identify strength and limitations of different business and managements models
Building and maintaining expertise for managing and operating accelerator facilities d) Define minimum professional skills/profiles required to successful operation
e) Discuss how to assure expertise turn-over
f) Identify opportunities for inter-sectorial career development at accelerator facilities
R&D for optimizing costs of operation g) Identify new technologies that will lead to cost effective operation
h) Discuss the risks of implementation of the new technologies
Performance indicators and figures of merit for accelerator facilities i) Collect and compare figures of merit and metrics for operation for different types of accelerators
j) Discuss the relevance of the figures of merit and the metrics on the reliability, maintenance, strategy and funding of a facility
Case studies k) Explore different paths for new facility establishment
l) The IAEA new Accelerator Knowledge Portal