The Swiss Institute for Particle Physics (CHIPP) is an association according to Swiss law regrouping all the particle, astroparticle, and nuclear physicists holding a Master in physics and working for a Swiss institution, as well as the Swiss PhD nationals working at CERN.
Founded in 2003, CHIPP aims at strengthening in Switzerland three main pillars:
-Particle physics at the high-energy and intensity frontiers
This is achieved by:
- helping towards a successful participation of Swiss groups in international projects
- advising the Universities/ETHs on vacant professorships and academic strategies, and coordinate teaching activities
- ensuring a proper Swiss representation in relevant national and international bodies
- promote public awareness on particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics
CHIPP is organized as a two-level system:
the strategic level comprises the – the supreme body of the Association – and the , where all Professors active in particle, Astroparticle and nuclear physics assemble. Several subcommittees are dealing with specific issues: Outreach, Computing, CHIPP Prize.
The operational level, where the day-to-day business of the Association is handled by the .
The CHIPP Association is embedded the Swiss Civil Code and has given itself a set of , which have come into force on 26 January 2011, the day of the official ‘Gründungsversammlung’ required by Swiss Law.