History

The 19th Lomonosov Conference ( LomCon ) will be held at the Moscow State University on August 22-28, 2019.

As early as in 1983 the first of the series of conferences (from 1992 called the «Lomonosov Conferences»), was held at the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow State University (June 1983, Moscow). The second conference was held in Kishinev, Republic of Moldavia, USSR (May 1985).

After the four years break this series was resumed on a new conceptual basis for the conference programme focus. During the preparation of the third conference (that was held in Maykop, Russia, 1989) a desire to broaden the programme to include more general issues in particle physics became apparent. During the conference of the year 1992 held in Yaroslavl (Russia) it was proposed by myself and approved by numerous participants that these irregularly held meetings should be transformed into regular events under the title «Lomonosov Conferences on Elementary Particle Physics».  That is the reason we consider 1992 as the starting year of Lomonosov Conferences.

Since the conference of the year 1993 (the 6th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics) all of the subsequent conferences of this series has been organized at the Moscow State University on a regular basis each odd year under the title the Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics. A wide variety of interesting things, both in theory and experiment of particle physics, astrophysics, gravitation and cosmology, were included into the programmes. It was also decided to enlarge the number of institutions that would take part in preparation of the events.

Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765), a brilliant Russian encyclopaedias of the era of the Russian Empress Catherine the 2nd, was world renowned for his distinguished contributions in the fields of science and art. He also helped establish the high school educational system in Russia. The Moscow State University was founded in 1755 based on his plan and initiative, and the University now bears the name of Lomonosov.

One of the goals of the Lomonosov conferences is  to bring together scientists, both theoreticians and experimentalists, working in different fields. As previous editions of the event, the last Lomonosov conference hold in 2017 has produced a high interest in the world scientific community and there were much more applications to present a talk at the conference from scientist all over the world. The amount of applications reasonably surpassed the capacity to allocate oral talks within the six working days of the conference, therefor 15 parallel sessions were organized at the conference. The physics programme of the 18th Lomonosov Conference has included review and original talks on a wide range of items such as neutrino and astroparticle physics, electroweak theory, fundamental symmetries, tests of Standard Model and beyond, heavy quark physics, non-perturbative QCD, quantum gravity effects, physics at the future accelerator. In total  there were more than 400 participants with 176 talks (including 99 plenary 25-20 min talks,  71 session 20-10 min talks and 6 posters)  presented by scientists from 36 countries.

There is a tradition to publish the conferences proceedings as a collection of review and research papers prepared by the conference speakers on the presented talks basis. It started in 1994 when publication of the volume «Particle Physics, Gauge Fields and Astrophysics» containing articles written by speakers of  the 5th and 6th Lomonosov Conferences was supported by the Accademia Nazionaledei Lincei (Rome, 1994). Proceedings of the 7th and 8th Lomonosov Conference (entitled «Problems of Fundamental Physics» and «Elementary Particle Physics») were published by the Interregional Centre for Advanced Studies (Moscow, 1997 and 1999). Proceedings of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th,, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Lomonosov Conferences (entitled «Particle Physics at the Start of the New Millennium», «Frontiers of Particle Physics», «Particle Physics in Laboratory, Space and Universe», «Particle Physics at the Year of 250th Anniversary of Moscow University», «Particle Physics on the Eve of LHC», «Particle Physics at the Year of Astronomy», «Particle Physics in the Year of Tercentenary of Mikhail Lomonosov», «Particle Physics in the Year of Centenary of Bruno Pontecorvo», «Particle Physics in the Year of Light»)  were published by World Scientific Publishing Co. (Singapore) in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, respectively.          Proceedings of the 18th Lomonosov Conference entitled  «Particle Physics at the Year of 25th Anniversary of the Lomonosov Conferences» will be published soon.  Information on the conference proceedings can be found at  www.icas.ru

Following the tradition that has started in 1995, each of the Lomonosov Conferences on particle physics has been accompanied by a conference on problems of intellectuals. The 4th International Meeting on Problems of Intellectuals has been held during the last day of the 10th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2001). The subject of the Meeting was specified as follows: “International Co-operation of Intellectuals”. The 5th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 11th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2003) was dedicated to discussions on the issue “Intelligentsia and Education”, the 6th meeting of this series held during the 12th LomonosovConference (August, 2005) was dedicated to discussions on the issue “Intelligentsia and Violence: Responses to Repression and Terrorism”. The 7th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 13th Lomonosov Conference (August, 2007) was dedicated to discussions on the issue “Rights and Responsibility of the Intelligentsia”. The 8th International Meeting on Problems of Intellectuals held during the 14th Lomonosov Conference on (August, 2009) was dedicated to the issue «The Intelligentsia and World Crisis». The 9th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 15th Lomonosov Conference (August 24, 2011) was dedicated to discussions on the issue “The Intelligentsia: Custodial of Civilization”.  The 10th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 16th Lomonosov Conference (August 28, 2013) was dedicated to discussions on the issue «The Intelligentsia and Ideology».  The 11th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 17th Lomonosov Conference (August 26, 2015) was dedicated to discussions on the issue «The Intelligentsia and Culture». The 12th International Meeting on Problems of Intelligentsia held during the 18th Lomonosov Conference (August 30, 2017) was dedicated to discussions on the issue «The Future of the Intelligentsia».

More than 60 interviews given by distinguished participants of the 16th, 17th and 18th Lomonosov Conferences  can be seen  on the conference web site www.icas.ru .

Alexander Studenikin