Under the auspices of the Asian Committee for Future Accelerators
(ACFA), the 3rd Asia Particle Accelerator Conference (APAC2004)
was held in Gyeongju, Korea, from March 22 through 26, 2004.
It was also the third accelerator related international conference
held in Gyeongju, Korea, following Linac2002 and ICALEPCS2003.
The Asian Committee for Future Accelerators (ACFA) was established
in 1996, and the first Plenary ACFA meeting was held at Pohang
Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) in Pohang, Korea. At the meeting
it was decided to regularly hold Asian Particle Accelerator
Conference (APAC). And the third conference was organized
by Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, Pohang University of Science
and Technology (POSTECH), Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
(KAERI) and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI).
The conference was also benefited from important sponsors
including Korea Accelerator and Plasma Research Association
(KAPRA) and Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies
(AAPPS), and the Center for High Energy Physics (CHEP).
The Conference was attended by 286 participants from 63 scientific
institutes and companies of all over Asia as well as of countries
outside Asia. The conference was opened with the welcoming
address by Dr. Bon-jae Koo, Director-General of the Ministry
of Science and Technology. There were 43 invited talks, 33
oral and 205 poster presentations on various subjects. Among
the sessions, the "Free electron lasers and next generation
light sources" session was named as the Dr. Hogil Kim
Memorial session to pay tribute to the memory of the late
Dr. Hogil Kim who founded POSTECH and PAL together with the
founder of POSCO, Mr. Tae-Joon Park. We included another special
session which covers the subject of high power proton accelerator.
In the afternoon of Wednesday, March 24, the conference outing
took place. There were two courses for the outing participants.
One included Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple, and Gyeongju
National Museum. The other course was hiking to Mt. Namsan,
which is famous as a sacred place of old Shilla culture. After
closing the conference on Friday, March 26, the participants
and companions had a facility tour of the Pohang Iron and
Steel Company (POSCO) and Pohang Accelerator Laboratory. Bedside
these outing and tour for all participants, we ran companion
programs everyday. Using the programs, the companions could
have tours around folk village, museums, historical sites,
downtown, and local markets.
We are pleased to be able to offer a place where scientists
and engineers shared their valuable knowledge and experiences
in accelerator-based sciences, and they could accelerate their
scientific and technical understandings as well as strengthen
their friendship. We would like to thank all of the members
of the International Organizing Committee, the Program Committee,
and the Local Organizing Committee. The success of the conference
is to be attributed to their enormous efforts.