Chris Parkes from the University of Manchester begins tomorrow his three-year tenure as LHCb spokesperson. He takes over from Giovanni Passaleva from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Firenze. Chris Parkes was previously the deputy spokesperson of the collaboration. Matteo Palutan from the INFN e Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati is the new deputy spokesperson.
Chris and Matteo will face the huge challenges of leading us through the completion of the major LHCb detector upgrade during Long Shutdown 2, LS2, and preparing the data-taking with a practically new detector and the new fully software trigger system. They dream that the analysis of the full Run 1 and Run 2 data samples, and the first samples from Run 3, could yield the discovery of new physics and many new particles! They are keen to continue the wonderful friendly spirit of open collaboration and support for all that is a hallmark of our experiment.
Giovanni and Chris – thank you for your excellent coordination in the past three years.
Chris and Matteo – good luck.