Amid the swine flu outbreak, the 2009 Particle Accelerator Conference in Vancouver, Canada will go on as planned starting tomorrow. With attendees from all over the world, the conference organizers will have an extra bit of challenge this time in making sure that there isn't any sense of concern regarding this epidemic.
This is the last time the North American PAC will be held every two years. After this, the PAC conference will rotate with the European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC) and the Asian Particle Accelerator Conference (APAC). This will mean that in some years, the North American PAC will be held in the same year (hopefully not at the same time) as the Advanced Accelerator Concepts (AAC) Workshop. As it is now, PAC and AAC are held on alternate years. So it will be interesting to see how they are affected by the change in scheduling.
Separate to that, the APS April Meeting starts today in Denver, CO. This too will have attendees from all over the world. And it is strange that this and PAC overlap each other by at least a couple of days. Maybe it is on purpose so that a few attendees can fly to the other one after the APS meeting is over? I don't know.....