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Volume 321 - Sixth Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2018) - Plenaries
Particle Physics Outreach: What we are doing and what we could be doing
S. Goldfarb
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This note reports on current education and outreach activities coordinated and supported by the LHC collaborations. These include a growing variety of efforts designed to inform the public, educate students, and communicate our progress to policy makers around the world. It also emphasises the importance of these efforts, given the recent rise of anti-science sentiment in influential political arenas, as well as the effect of social media as a growing platform for disinformation. The note further describes support provided by CERN and by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) to create high-quality, coherent content backing these efforts, as well as a platform for the effective development and sharing of projects and ideas. Finally, the note underlines progress being made by the experiments to recognise and support outreach as an important responsibility for all collaboration members, and by some institutes to encourage outreach as a requirement of scientific research. It concludes by pointing out certain areas where more work is needed.
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