It is widely recognized that large-scale long-term science collaborations deliver lasting benefits to participating nations. Most of these collaborations require large infrastructures. As is done in Europe and the US, the coordination of resources for these large infrastructures among different countries in Latin America is desirable in order to optimize efforts. With the support of many countries and institutions, the initiative for a Latin American Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (LASF4RI) was presented at the Meeting of the Iberoamerican Ministers for Science and Technology in 2018, and was included in the final declaration that was ratified at a subsequent meeting of the Heads of State. Within the framework of the Simposio Latino Americano de Física de Altas Energias (SILAFAE) an effort was initiated to formulate a strategy for large collaborations in the region in the areas of Particle Physics and Cosmology.
A first Workshop bringing together funding agencies, major policy makers and representatives of large collaborations in the region in the areas of Particle Physics and Cosmology took place in April 2019 at ICTP-SAIFR in São Paulo. For an introduction about LASF4RI see the talk by Fernando Quevedo in the Workshop.
Following the action plan devised at the first Workshop, an Open Symposium on High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics was organized around the 40 submitted white papers and took place by videoconference in July 06-10 2020 hosted by ICTP-SAIFR – please see www.ictp-saifr.org/lasf4ri2020/. A status report and a new timeline for the process as of July 2020 can be found here.
The process for the first Latin American Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure for High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (LASF4RI-HECAP) has come to a conclusion in October 2020. A Physics Briefing Book (PBB) was written by the Preparatory Group based on the 40 White Papers submitted by the community. The PBB served as the basis for the LASF4RI-HECAP Strategy Document that was endorsed in a letter by the High Level Strategy Group.
The Strategy Document was submitted to the IV Iberoamerican Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting that took place on October 27, 2020 where it was recognized in its Declaration that “The advancement in the establishment of the Iberoamerican Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures with the pilot program in the area of high energy, cosmology and astroparticle physics, that resulted in the strategy document including a set of recommendations and a defining a roadmap for these disciplines.”