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The 2009 Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC09) is taking place in Canada’s West Coast City of Van- couver, British Columbia from May 4th to 8th, 2009. This well-established conference series is of par- ticular significance to Accelerator Scientists, Engi- neers, Students and Industrial Vendors interested in all aspects of particle accelerator technology. The Scientific Program comprises invited speakers, con- tributed orals, poster sessions, an Industrial Forum and an exciting Student Program. PAC09 is committed to reaching out to young researchers in the field, and has set a budget to partially support a limited number of qualifying accelerator students. Welcome!

The 2009 Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC09) is hosted by TRI- UMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, and is jointly sponsored by the NPSS (IEEE) and the DPB (APS). Key PAC09 organizers include: Paul Schmor (Conference Chair), Shane Koscielniak (Scientific Program Chair), Shirley Reeve (Conference Treasurer) and Yuri Bylinski (Local Organizing Committee Chair).

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, it gives us great plea- sure to welcome you to PAC09, to Vancouver, to British Columbia and to Canada. The committee has worked diligently on assembling an excit- ing and stimulating scientific programme. Your response to the call for abstracts and your attendance here, during a difficult era in the global economy, affirms our goal to be relevant to the community.

Following PAC09, the PAC conferences will change their format. PAC has joined with APAC and EPAC in establishing an International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC) that will rotate annually from venues in Asia, Europe and America. In doing so, the PAC Organizing Committee (OC) recognized that foreign travel costs might impede the expeditious dissemination of new results for some North American accelerator sci- entists. Consequently, the PAC OC has decided to convene a fall PAC meeting in North America between the spring North American IPAC meet- ings. The first fall meeting of PAC will be in 2013. The North American PAC will next meet in New York in the spring of 2011 and then, next, one year later as IPAC’12 in New Orleans. Following IPAC’12, the PAC series will meet every 18 months, with every other PAC meeting being an IPAC. The first IPAC (IPAC’10) will take place in Kyoto, Japan. IPAC’11 will be held in Spain in the fall of 2011.

Vancouver is a beautiful, dynamic city set in a spectacular natural environment. It is one of the few places in the world where you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Springtime in Vancouver is par- ticularly beautiful, as the sun reflects off the last remnants of snow on the mountains and sparkles across the ocean below. There are indoor

and outdoor activities to please adults, families, couples and friends to no end in this multicultural city. The 2010 Winter Olympics will be less than one year away. Vancouver and Whistler are pre- pared and excited to host this large international event.

Paul W. Schmor Chairman, PAC09


2009 Particle Accelerator Conference

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