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TAUP 2023

Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund Report – Soniya Samani (2019, DPhil Particle Physics)

I was accepted to present a parallel talk titled “Enhancing Atmospheric Background Reduction Using Convolutional Neural Networks in the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background Analysis for Super-Kamiokande Gd” in the Neutrino Physics and Cosmology session. This talk served as my first and final opportunity to present my main analysis to experts in the field. I communicated my PhD research and engaged in active discussions with fellow researchers during the conference. In particular, I was honoured to meet and speak to Prof. Arthur McDonald and discuss the Canadian research programme on the DEAP-3600 and Darkside-20K experiments. Therefore, attending TAUP 2023 enabled me to network and forge collaborations essential for the next stage of my academic career. I also attended several specialised talks unique to this conference including the latest results from Gravitational Waves, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Cosmology and Neutrino experiments.

My attendance to TAUP 2023 would have not been possible without the generous support from the Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund 2022-23. This grant has allowed me to meet and now work closely with leading international authority figures in neutrino physics and on pioneering experiments. As a result, I am now actively pursuing postdoctoral positions with academics that I met at TAUP 2023, as well as enhance my scientific communication.

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Published: 3 January 2024

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