Latvia is a Member State of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), a pan-European funding organisation aimed at cultivating research and innovation networks through four-year long COST Actions (CAs). Since 2018, Latvia is participating in and is represented in the management committee of the CA16201 – Unravelling new physics at the LHC through the precision frontier, now represented by Dr.ph. Kārlis Dreimanis.
Through the participation in this CA, Latvia aims to build and enhance its high-energy physics capacity by participating in and organising training and networking events funded or part-funded by this CA. One such event is the Baltic School of High Energy Particle Physics and Accelerator Technologies, organised in the framework of CERN Baltic Group partners, planned for August 2020. This COST action was initiated in 2017 and will run until the latter half of 2021, upon when the continuation of its operation will be reviewed.
During the remainder of the current round of this CA, we aim to utilise the vast network of connections and the monetary support it provides to increase Latvia’s capacity in high-energy physics through further training events in Latvia and traineeship opportunities for Latvian students at CERN.