2014-2015 Nuclear Science Advisory Committee

Long Range Plan Working Group Web Site



On April 23, 2014, the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) was charged by the Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences to recommend a new long range plan to provide a framework for coordinated advancement of the Nation's nuclear science research programs over the next decade.  A copy of the charge is available here or on the NSAC web site.  The new plan was unanimously accepted by NSAC on October 15, 2015. This plan, Reaching for the Horizon , is available here or, again, on the NSAC web site



The last NSAC Long Range Plan, The Frontiers of Nuclear Science, was completed in 2007, and followed previous plans in 1979, 1983, 1989, 1996 and 2002 that have formed the blueprint for nuclear science in the U.S.


As is the tradition in our community, the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society organized several Town Meetings to gather community input about the most important scientific goals to be achieved and the facilities, experiments, theoretical progress and resources needed to achieve these goals. An update on the progress and plans for the Long Range Plan was presented at the Fourth Joint Meeting of the Nuclear Physics Divisions of the American Physical Society and the Japanese Physical Society on October 8, 2014. Reports were also heard from each of the Town Meetings.


There was a short progress report at the NSAC meeting on November 17, 2014 in Rockville, Maryland, which was an open, public meeting.


A long range plan working group was formed to prepare the plan (Membership).  International observers were added to ensure an international perspective. The working group had a first organizational meeting on November 16, 2014. Our vision was to collect input from the Town Meetings and other community activities  by January 2015, and prepare first drafts of the written report in February and March 2015. A five-day resolution meeting took place April 16-20, 2015 in Kitty Hawk, NC to finalize the prioritized set of recommendations for the long range plan. About half of this resolution meeting was devoted to receiving more input and was open to the public, with the rest of the meeting being held in executive session. 


The community was encouraged to provide input at every stage of the process to individual members of the working groups at the email addresses given above. We welcomed hearing from everyone. Input documents have been collected here.


Inspired by the symobolism of the Wright brothers' great leap forward in the winds of Kitty Hawk, the new plan offers the promise of great leaps forward in our understanding of nuclear science and new opportunities for nuclear science to serve society.



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