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International collaboration has probably never been more important than it is today. With human society facing a number of wide-ranging ‘global challenges’ such as food security, climate change, energy security and diseases, international collaboration in research is essential to find solutions to these problems.
International collaboration is also increasingly synonymous with excellent research. Collaborating internationally enables individual researchers and organisations to increase the impact of their research, pool talent, equipment and resources to address challenges that they could not tackle alone. Over a third of all articles published in international journals are now internationally collaborative. This marks a very significant increase as compared to the beginning of this century and there are clear indications that this will further increase in the future.
Forming international links has perhaps never been simpler, but it has also never been more necessary. The rate of internationalization is increasingly rapid, with unhindered communication channels and inexpensive travel. Scientists and engineers can work together across country borders, research disciplines, building at the same time bridges between cultures and generations.
Particle accelerator-based research infrastructures that push the limits of technology require international collaboration maybe more than any other area of science: Experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), as well as current design studies, such as the one on a Future Circular Collider (FCC) require the world to work together. Collaboration on the design, construction, operation and subsequent optimization of these facilities is key to fully exploit their discovery potential.
Open and international collaboration has enabled fantastic research results in the past and will be the basis for future breakthroughs. It has been the basis for the foundation of CI and is a key element in all of our international projects. This has been highlighted in the most recent issue of Accelerating News that features stories related to magnet developments for the High Luminosity upgrade of the LHC and future colliders, vacuum technologies, discussions from a muon collider workshop, as well as developments in plasma wakefield accelerators that push for novel accelerator technologies.
CI is delighted to announce that the FCC collaboration has just launched the video Science knows no Borders on YouTube. It explains why our world needs more collaboration.