Postcards from HNPS2015

It has been a great time in Ioannina over the last two days during the 24th Symposium of the Hellenic Nuclear Physics Society (HNPS2015, 22-23.05.2015). Ioannina has always been a favorite city, the place where I spent my undergraduate and part of my graduate years and where I still have lots of friends. My visit was quite short; however a great one.

The Symposium itself was a real success. The organizers did their best in providing a majestic experience to all participants. The Conference Center is perhaps the most luxurious I have visited in Greece with hitech facilities and comfortable seat to keep you undistracted during the sessions. The Nuclear Physics community is a rather small one, but very active in a variety of projects ranging from fundamental aspects of the nucleon to applications benefiting the society and the environment. I have attended quite interesting talks about new theoretical works on nuclear astrophysics, medical applications, new reaction codes. Highlight of the Symposium was the presence of the heart and soul of nTOF experiment, Dr Franz Käppeler of KIT, as an invited lecturer who delivered a very interesting overview of recent data as well as future directions. I am sure that the audience, dominated in numbers by undergraduates (65 out of 128 registered people!) were given the chance to open their horizons in their future research directions.

The next Symposium will take place in Athens, organized by INRUSHES and INPP at NCSR Demokritos. If all goes well, our group will be there.