Dear members of the Snowmass community,
We are writing to inform you that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Snowmass Report will be delayed by one year and the overall schedule for the Snowmass process will be adjusted accordingly.
Over the past year, the U.S. particle physics community has skillfully navigated many challenges to keep projects moving forward and enable experiments to continue producing excellent results. We learned from DOE and NSF at the HEPAP meeting on December 3-4, 2020 that some important scientific milestones will arrive later than anticipated. For this reason, extending the timeline of the Snowmass and P5 process would enable our community’s scientific vision and the subsequent prioritization exercise, to be fully informed by the anticipated progress in our field as those milestones are met over the coming year.
Soon after the HEPAP meeting, we reached out to the community for feedback on the Snowmass schedule and we would like to thank the many of you who sent us your thoughtful responses. In addition, frontier conveners and early-career representatives have collected further input from topical group conveners, frontier members and early-career members.
With all of this information, the Snowmass Steering Group, the Snowmass Advisory Group, all frontier conveners, and early career representatives met and decided to delay the Snowmass process by one year. This delay will allow a broader community (especially those who have been struggling in engaging in the Snowmass process due to circumstances related to coping with COVID-19) to participate more meaningfully in the Snowmass process.
The new Snowmass timeline includes:
- Preliminary Topical Group Reports – Spring 2022
- Preliminary Frontier Reports – late Spring 2022
- Snowmass Community Summer Study – Summer 2022 in University of Washington, Seattle
- Snowmass Book – October 2022
The deadline for contributed papers will be delayed but the specific date will be decided by January 2021. Originally scheduled frontier-level Spring 2021 workshops will be moved to later times.
In January 2021, each Frontier will communicate with their own and related frontier communities to develop a detailed work plan. While our goal is to have uniformity among the frontiers, we will provide some flexibility to accommodate specific needs from various groups. Frontier plans will be established by January 31, 2021 and will be available at Snowmass wiki page.
Wish you and your family a healthy and safe holiday season and a wonderful new year,
On behalf of the Snowmass Steering Group