I am blogging from the elegant conference venue of Sala del Portego, in Palazzo Franchetti this morning. The registrants are slowly flowing in, and I see things going smoothly.
Despite the attempts of Mauro to cast a renovation of the conference this year, I see that the averge age of participants is in the upper forties or lower fifties… Oh well, it must be a bias due to the fact that younger participants usually sleep longer in the morning hours! I will try to put together more detailed stats later on. In any case, NEUTEL is a well-established conference, with very affectionate customers; furthermore, financiary considerations make it hard for young participants to attend a conference in Venice. But let’s wait to judge.
If you are reading this and you are actually an attendee, please don’t forget that the very tasty lunches served directly at the conference venue can only be got if you wear the badge. Physicists are usually quite careless with wearing these tags, but they are important in order to ease communication (how often have I been addressed by somebody reading my tag and saying “oh, so you are Dorigo, the blogger”, or in more awkward situation got inquisitive stares which only later resolved in actually shaking hands, when I was failing to wear the darn thing).
Actually, this is the first time I see a badge which can be worn on both sides. It is of the “hang off the neck” kind, which has the obvious drawback that 50% of the tags will end up showing the back and be totally useless. Ok, let’s make that 48% (there’s a small % of careful physicists who will make a point of having the badge facing the right way). This year’s badge has the name on both sides! Smarrrrrt organizers!
Okay, enough blabla for this morning. I look forward to today’s talk, and I hope I will be able to report on some of them -I still have to see some of my collaborators coming in and get flooded with my requests for specific posts. But first, let me list here what is today’s program, very quickly:
– A. McDonald, Neutrino Oscillation Measurements: Past and Present
– E. Lisi: Phenomenology of Neutrino Physics
– A. Serenelli: Solar Neutrinos and the Sun
– R.J. Wilkes: SuperKamiokande
– S. Biller: SNO Results and SNO+
– G. Fiorentini: GeoNeutrinos
– E. Meroni: BOREXINO
– K. Inoue: KamLAND and KamLAND-Zen
– L. Patrizii: OPERA
– F. Pietropaolo: ICARUS and Status of the Liquid Argon Technology
– L. Corwin: MINOS