Who are you? Can you tell us something about yourself?

I am a full professor at Bonn University and director at the Insititute for Advanced Simulation and the Institut fuer Kernphysikat Forschungszentrum Juelich.

You are leading an activity within the HP3 project – which are thescientifically exciting aspects of your research project?

I am Ulf Meissner and I am the spokesperson of the network activity EPOS - Exciting PhysicsOf the String interactions. This is a large theory network which addressesvarious hot topics of current research (not complete):

  • what is the nature of the exotic and surprising states found in charmonium region?

  • we perform high precision calculations to find traces of physics beyond the Standard Model (EDMs, g-2 of the muon etc)

  • we prepare methods to connect lattice simulations at finite volumes and unphysical quark masses to Nature

  • we analyse the impact of varyinmg fundamental parameters on the generation of elements

Who are the participants to your project?

We have about 100 permanent researchers, 45 post-docs and65 grad students from 12 nodes distributed over 12 countries

What do you want to achieve with this activity?

We want:

  • to make progress in our understanding of QCD at strong coupling

  • prepare the ground for future centers like FAIR

  • provide better theoretical tools to analyse the many precision data on hadron physics from labs world-wide

  • to strenghen the ties between the large European research community

In which way your activity could be of benefit for the society?

As stated, we strengthen the inter-European collaboration. Also, society benefits from basic sciences as the knowledge is increased and spin-offs might be generated.

Why do you think a young person should choose to study science and isthere any reason for which should they do so in Europe?

Because the whole society is build on science! Europe provides excellent education in science and many possibilities.

Would you like to add anything?

Fundamental science needs a stronger push as politics is short-sigthedand mostly funds applied and health sciences with little understandinghow real breakthorughs happen!

The HadronPhysics3 project is supported by the European Union
under the 7th Framework Capacities Programme in the area of Research Infrastructures (RI).