SURF’s up in July!

The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D. is the place to be this July.

Courtesy Sanford Lab

Neutrino Day, Sanford Lab’s free science festival, takes place Friday and Saturday, July 7-8.

From the Neutrino Day website: This year, Sanford Lab celebrates those people whose tenacity leads to amazing science discoveries. The festival includes hoistroom tours, science activities and exhibits, live video chats with scientists at Fermilab and underground at Sanford Lab, and presentations that focus on the discovery of gravitational waves and future science at Sanford Lab.

DUNE collaborator Bonnie Fleming is a featured speaker at the event. The full schedule is on the website.

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Groundbreaking for the LBNF far site will take place two weeks later, Friday July 21.

Yes, shovels will go into the ground to begin building the home for the DUNE far detector — congratulations to the LBNF project!

On July 21, Fermilab and SURF will host representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Congress, State of South Dakota, South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, Fermi Research Alliance, and local, national and international partners to celebrate the start of LBNF construction at SURF.

Simultaneous with the ceremony at Sanford Lab, we will host a celebration at 3 p.m. CDT at Fermilab with a live broadcast of the ceremony.

Please RSVP by July 17  to let us know whether you can attend one of the two events.

A live, worldwide streaming broadcast of the one-mile-underground ceremony is also planned.