42 Years of Hadron Spectroscopy at Accelerator Facilities

Retirement Symposium for W. J. Briscoe

Workshop announcement

More than three decades ago, The George Washington University became a major player in experimental nuclear physics by enganging in the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility project (JLab). GW Professor Emeritus of Physics and APS Fellow W.J. Briscoe has chaired and has held positions of leadership in collaborations working at JLab (Newport News), LAMPF (Los Alamos), TRIUMF (Vancouver), NIKHEF (Amsterdam), BNL (Upton), MAMI (Mainz), MAX-lab (Lund), CENS (Saclay) and PSI (Villigen). In this context, the workshop is dedicated to a review and outlook of nuclear experiment and related areas at Jefferson Lab, MAMI, and other facilities.


Please follow the link to the upper right of the page (bottom of page for mobile version). There is no registration fee. Attendance is in-person (preferred) or virtual. Please register in any case to be sure to receive important updates etc.

Important: Please have your vaccine records ready for verification at check-in on Monday morning (August 15). For this, please follow GW guidelines for visitors and attendants of indoor events. We (local organizers) will have to check the vaccination status ourselves so please make sure to provide the information in a format that is easily accessible. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (and keep the organizers in the loop if need).

Venue, Hotel, Transport

This overview map shows the venue, close-by hotel options, and possibilities for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all within walking distance.

Venue address: 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, VA 20147 in Exploration Hall, that is part of the Virginia Science and technology campus (VSTC). Parking is free and always available.

Transportation: The venue is 20 minutes by car from Dulles airport (IAD). Transport is provided by Metro, bus, or from IAD airport (includes maps). There is a shuttle bus to the main campus in Foggy Bottom/Washington, DC. Contact the organizers if you plan to take that shuttle. The Tru by Hilton hotel offers free airport transfer to and from Dulles International airport (IAD).

Hotel: Tru by Hilton (44732 Endicott Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147, +1 571-639- 3060) is the default workshop hotel. Please make your reservation through this website to obtain reduced rates and transportation options that the organizers have negotiated with the hotel: Tru by Hilton has agreed to provide airport transfers from and to Dulles International Airport, as well as transporting workshop attendees to and from Exploration Hall Monday and Tuesday morning and afternoon, at no cost. The workshop venue can also be reached by walking (1 mile, about 25 minutes one way). The hotel is brand new and situated in the One Loudoun complex, close to many restaurants and shops. All guests at the hotel receive a free hot breakfast each morning.

The hotel is prepared to host a substantial number of workshop participants, but we recommend to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Alternative accommodation is available close to the venue, e.g., Springhill suites Ashburn in Dulles North (20065 Lakeview Center Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147, Tel: +1 703-723-9300).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: Breakfast is included if you stay at the Tru by Hilton hotel. Across the street of Exploration Hall there are different options for lunch on Monday (see map); across route 7, the One Loudoun complex provides many restaurants. On Monday, August 15, a reception in One Loudoun is planned (details will follow). Coffee, tea, etc. will be provided during breaks at the venue itself.


Preliminary program now available (pdf). An informal get together is planned for Sunday evening, August 14 at Bar Louie. Talks are scheduled for Monday, August 15 (entire day) and Tuesday morning, August 16. The workshop will conclude Tuesday noon.