In this issue:
  • Meeting of the APPEC General Assembly
  • New APPEC Chair and General Secretary
  • Interview with Stavros Katsanevas
  • Next step in the deployment of the KM3NeT/ORCA detector
  • The International Cosmic Day 2020
  • Upcoming events
  • Wishes from Teresa Montaruli
Meeting of the APPEC General Assembly
On 9 December, the APPEC General Assembly came together for an online Meeting to discuss the next steps regarding Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay developments, a more sustainable APPEC, the planning and preparations of the APPEC Town Meeting and joint ECFA-NuPECC-APPEC activities. Further agenda items were a report from the Scientific Advisory Comittee and the Joint Secretariat and the election of a new Chair and General Secretary.
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Interview with Andreas Haungs and Katharina Henjes-Kunst
On December 9 at the General Assembly Meeting, a new Chair and a new General Secretary were appointed. The new Chairperson of the General Assembly (GA), which is the strategic and decision-making supervisory body, is Andreas Haungs who follows Teresa Montaruli. The new General Secretary Katharina Henjes-Kunst, following Job de Kleuver, now chairs the Joint Secretariat (JS), which is the executive body of APPEC. Both have long been closely engaged with APPEC and we are looking forward working with them in the next two years. In this interview they will tell us a bit about themselves and about their vision for the future of APPEC.
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REINFORCE - Minimising the knowledge gap between science and society through Citizen Science
The REINFORCE (Research Infrastructures FOR citizens in Europe) project aims to involve a broad public in the fascinating science of a Large Research Infrastructure. Through different citizen-science projects, REINFORCE aims to engage more than 100,000 citizens in making a genuine and valued contribution to managing the data avalanche. In this interview, we will learn more about the project from one of the project initiators, Stavros Katsanevas.
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Next step in the deployment of the KM3NeT/ORCA detector
in October 2020 a deployment campaign of the KM3NeT/ORCA detector in the Mediterranean was brought to a conclusion. A second junction box has been successfully connected to the KM3NeT/ORCA seafloor network. The junction box was deployed to within a metre of its nominal position at a depth of 2450 m.
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International Cosmic Day 2020
On November 4, 2020, the International Cosmic Day (ICD) took place for the 9th time. It focuses on the measurement of cosmic rays that surround us all the time, but are mostly unnoticed. During this day students should therefore explore these comsic rays and discover what secrets they bring with. The pandemic posed special challenges for this international event and at the same time offered the chance to explore new, innovative and unusual approaches.
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News from EuCAPT
The European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT) is planning
the first EuCAPT Symposium on 5-7 May 2021 (hybrid format planned). Further information and an application form for the Lightening Talks and Posters is now available: (submission deadline: 31 March 2021)
n EuCAPT discussion forum on mattermost has been set up to facilitate open discussion within the EuCAPT community. If you want to join, please sign up here:
Further news and events are also available from the EuCAPT website:
Draw me a neutrino
The KM3NeT Collaboration has announced the winners of its drawing competition "Draw me a neutrino". More than 500 drawings were submitted from 16 different countries, namely Ecuador, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Spain but also Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, India, Switzerland, Russian Federation, The Netherlands, and UK. The drawings, realised using various techniques and supports, have been judged based on their originality, the creativity of the realization, and the harmony with the properties and origin of the neutrino.
The results were announced during an online ceremony attended by more than 150 people. The two winners in each category, as well as the drawings selected for the various contests, are now part of an online exhibition in our Virtual Neutrino Art Centre (
More information about the contest, the rules, and the winners can be found on:
An Update on Astronet Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap for European Astronomy
Astronet is working on the next Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap. The first drafts from the different working panels will be available from January 2021 on the Astronet website. At the time of publishing, they will endeavour to notify all communities via relevant mailing lists in individual countries and consortiums. Comments, feedback or questions from the Astroparticle physics community within APPEC are valuable and helpful in finalising this report. They are also looking to hold a town hall type event in the early part of 2021 to update the community and address any issues which have been raised.
Upcoming events
Direct Dark Matter Detection Report Community Feedback Meeting
An APPEC SAC sub-committee for Direct Dark Matter Detection was established by the General Assembly in May 2019. This committee, chaired by Professor Leszek Roszkowski, has delivered its draft report for community feedback. The draft report gives a complete overview of the current status in the field of direct dark matter detection research as well as an outline of the prospects for experiments in the foreseeable future. It also addresses the issue of infrastructure requirements and the links to neighbouring research fields.
Feedback from the wider European (and beyond) Astroparticle Physics community is invited and will be discussed in an online meeting on Tuesday 2 February 2021. Information on the community feedback meeting and participant registration is provided in Indico at
This site links the draft Direct Dark Matter Detection Committee Report. This document is a draft report that is only made available confidentially for this meeting. It is subject to change, depending in part on the community feedback. Questions, comments or suggestions concerning the draft report can already be submitted by email to the chair of the committee Leszek Roszkowski <> prior to the meeting. Preferably, this should be done no later than Sunday 24 January 2021 for full consideration in preparing the meeting.
Taking the feedback from the community into account, the Direct Dark Matter Detection Committee Report will be finalised for endorsement by the APPEC General Assembly for public release around the beginning of April 2021.
37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2021)
The 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC 2021) - The Astroparticle Physics Conference - will take place from 12 to 23 July 2021 as an online conference. The ICRC is organized in Berlin, Germany, under the auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Its Commission C4 (Astroparticle Physics) acts as International Advisory Committee. The ICRC is the big, bi-annual conference of that broad research area. Physicists from the whole world present results of their research in Cosmic Ray Physics, Gamma Ray Astronomy, Neutrino Astronomy, Dark Matter Physics and Solar & Heliospheric Physics.
More information:
Abstract Submission and Registration will open in January 2021.
The Covid-19 situation still affects many upcoming events. Please check the websites for up-to-date information.
Conferences & other events
You can also find schools and events on the APPEC website.
 APPEC meetings
  • APPEC SAC Meeting, February 2021, online
  • General Assembly Meeting, March 2021, online
  • APPEC Town Meeting postponed to 2022
Wishes from Teresa Montaruli

It has been a very rich and engaging 2-year mandate, chairing the General Assembly. The APPEC MoU states that the Chair of this important body, where funding agencies agree on how to align their plans in Europe and outside, can be a physicist from one of the Institutions in the countries represented in APPEC. And this happened to me for these past 2 years...
APPEC is first of all FOR the scientists working in the Astroparticle Physics domain, and it needs to be present and involve them in strategical decisions, foster their careers and projects and links between them. An example is EuCAPT, which I was happy to fund at the beginning of my mandate, inheriting the merits of the work of my predecessor Prof. Antonio Masiero, and which is being dynamically led by Gianfranco Bertone.

APPEC implemented mechanisms to hear and implement the advise of the many competent scientists, that take part to the hard work of the Scientific Advisory Committee of APPEC and of dedicated panels to advice on science choices the General Assembly and pick up the relevant aspects that will form the future Roadmap. It also implemented dedicated schemes to foster communication of the community with agencies and align agencies in a global way that can facilitate the implementation of the future generation of experiments at different funding scales. My successor, Andreas Haungs, will do surely great things to implement the new generation of experiments in neutrinoless double beta decay, dark matter and set the basis for the very ambitious future on the 3G of gravitational waves.

The past Roadmap will cover the period to 2026 and an APPEC Town meeting is already planned before the summer beak of 2022 to make the status quo of the current Roadmap implementation and to make plans on the main goals for the future Roadmaps and also explore new emerging ideas that may generate a recommendation for the future.
Astroparticle is special for its bridging role between two communities, the particle physics and the astronomy one. In these 2 years, we have been as close as possible to the scientists to strengthen the link with ECFA and NuPECC. Thus, we also advertised their activities in the newsletters, enhanced contacts with neighboring fields, and also participated in the European Particle Physics Update with our own contribution. The successful JENAS 2019 will be followed by JENAS 2022 in Madrid in Spring 2022. Large communities responded to the expression of interest call issued after JENAS 2019 (see This EoI mechanism to create long-term discussion forums and platforms for data sharing is already proving to be a real success in promoting the successful proposals and also the careers of the scientists. Other actions on diversity, recognition of individual contributions in experiments, and on early career scientists will be followed up (see
I foresee that in the future, it is as relevant to strengthen the links to the astronomy community, and this is why projects like ESCAPE should be fostered. We need new paradigm in data policy and a new scale of data processing as experiments like CTA, and others in astrophysical neutrinos (the GNN network of KM3NeT, Baikal and IceCube) and gravitational waves will require to fully exploit the time domain of the cosmic observations and exchanges at the benefit of their theoretical interpretation.

Astroparticle value, that APPEC preserves and recognises, is in multidiciplinarity and diversity, going from the very ambitious large infrastructures, on which APPEC should create the appropriate support so to reach schemes for efficient governance, to small initiatives that have to be preserved. These last constitute a real value that enhances the development of skills for early career scientists and at the same time gratify experienced scientist on timely realisation of measurements that often in large experiments take epochal times.

We had intense activities in these 2 years in which APPEC suffered lack of manpower, and nonetheless many things became possible thanks to the distribution of tasks within the APPEC scientists.
APPEC will strengthen its structure and a plan was implemented which will require a network of APPEC distributed and strongly connected centres. It is the challenge of our future Chair and of the General Secretary, Katharina Henjes-Kunst, supported by Job de Kleuver that so much will continue to contribute to APPEC. I wish for them to succeed in creating a solid durable structure with the support of agencies. In the years of my mandate, Poland joined again APPEC and Croatia will be soon back. I wish to see the activities in Eastern Europe countries flourish and be fostered by APPEC with a careful inclusive strategy. The competence in astroparticle is huge and funded on a real tradition. The ATF in 2021 will be in Prague on Robotics in harsh environment, and it is being organized preserving the spirit of cooperation of JENAS.

Admittedly, we encountered a 2020 year, which has been `special' for many. Special not only in negative sense. Indeed, it forced all to be more introspectively looking at how humanity could exploit more respectfully our planet and how society should create flexible schemes of work, which increase telematic communication. To these aspects, APPEC will be particularly attentive.
I started my mandate terrified on the many travels that I had to afford which would force me to leave my kids, and now I leave APPEC sure that it will use telematic meetings effectively as it was possible to have! Despite this, I realized how much I miss a big applause after a defense of a PhD student or discussing with a white board with colleagues in the group, and with this thought that brings me to my cosmic ray activity in Gran Sasso, with a small `portable’ cosmic ray tree I wish a happy holidays to all!
Teresa Montaruli
Obtained by Dr. Francesco Ronga, Former Group 2 Leader of INFN and Dirigente di Ricerca at LNF

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