Summer is coming, and with it some more intense than usual travel for me. I actually started last month, when my path touched Rome, Athens, La Londe Les Maures (a small town on the south French riviera), and Athens again. Since being away from home means also having a chance to meet people you would otherwise not get in touch with, I have decided to make public my travel plan this year, in the hope of crossing the path of friends or acquaintances.
Right now and for the past few days I have been in Athens, where the PhD student Pablo, who is working with me at some new machine learning tool, is spending one month in secondment, as planned by the program of the AMVA4NewPhysics training network, a EU-funded project I coordinate since 2015. Below is the program for the next two months. But from tomorrow another set of trips starts.
June 11 Athens -> Padova (I go back home to attend some business)
June 13 Padova -> Louvain-la-Neuve (I travel to the Universitè Catholique de Louvain to give a colloquium titled "Fundamental Statistics for Discoveries in Fundamental Physics")
June 15 Louvain -> Padova (back for the weekend, which I plan to spend with my son and daughter)
June 17 Padova -> Athens (where I will work with Pablo and attend the AMVA4NewPhysics network workshop, which we have organized there on June 20-22)
June 23 Athens -> Point-A-Pitre, Guadaloupe (where I attend a conference, the "second world summit on exploring the dark side of the universe", and give a presentation on behalf of the CMS experiment on searches for dark matter in association with top pairs, bottom pairs, and jets)
June 29-30 Point-A-Pitre -> Padova (back for one day to collect stuff at home)
July 1-6 Padova -> Falasarna (Crete, Greece) (for six days of well-earned vacation near one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean)
July 7 Falasarna -> Kolimpari (Crete, Greece) (attending the 7th edition of the "International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics", where I will give an invited lecture on physics searches with boson pairs)
July 13 Kolimpari -> Padova (finally back home for a little bit!)
July 16 Padova -> Roma (where I attend the meeting of "Commissione I" of INFN, as a coordinator of the "Group 1" activities of INFN-Padova)
July 17 Roma -> Padova (back home for a while again)
I currently have no programs for the last two weeks of July, but I think I will just use the time to work and maybe have a couple of weekends in the Dolomites for some hiking. Then
July 31 Padova -> Maynooth (Ireland) (where I attend the XIII edition of the "Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum" conference, where I am the convener and organizer of a parallel session named "Statistical methods for Physics Analysis in the XXI Century", which will run on Aug 1,2,3 and 5).
Then from August 8 I plan to spend a week touring Ireland and Scotland. I will be back to Padova after mid August, and maybe spend a few more days hiking in the mountains. As you see, it's a busy summer, but there will be time for a couple of weeks of vacation.
In September there are other things coming up:
- September 5-9 Festivaletteratura in Mantova, a literature festival where I will give a couple of public lectures
- September 17-21 Budget meeting of Commissione 1 of INFN, in Catania
- September 19 Outreach Workshop at CERN (if I manage to sneak out for one day from the budget meeting)
- September 24-25 Statistics workshop in Padova, organized by the AMVA4NewPhysics and INSIGHTS EU networks
- September 26-27 INSIGHTS workshop in Padova.
So if your trips intersect with mine, please let me know and maybe we can have a drink together!