OUTREACH activities

Visit underground to the CMS experiment during the 2013 Open Days
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This is an attempt to collect information regarding the Outreach and Education activities of the CHIPP community. Past, present and future activities can be found here, the right persons to contact, outreach material such as posters, talks and publications, press coverage and useful links.

For any comment, input, question etc please contact Katharina Mueller, who at the moment coordinates the CHIPP outreach group and who is the Swiss representative at The International Particle Physics Outreach Group: IPPOG collaboration. (IPPOG).

Switzerland is represented by Angela Benelli in the European Particle Physics Communication Network (EPPCN).

If you would like to participate (even occasionally) in communicating Particle Physics with and to the Media, if you have news, photos, announcements to do .. please contact Angela Benelli.

Contact Persons

If you would like to get information on particle physics and related topics, invite a speaker, visit a laboratory (e.g. CERN) or any other business, contact one of the following persons:

Katharina Mueller, Dr.

Physik-Institut der Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zürich

Office: UZH Y36-J-05

kmueller [at] physik.uzh.ch

Phone: +41 44 63 55772


Univ. Bern :

Prof. Dr Antonio Ereditato
Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics
Laboratory for High Energy Physics
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse, 5
CH-3012 Bern
Tel +41 31 6318566
FAX +41 31 6314487
Secretariat : +41 31 6314064
E-Mail : antonio.ereditato@cern.ch

Univ. Geneva :

Prof. Alain Blondel
24, Quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Tel : +41 22 379 6227
E-Mail : Alain.Blondel@cern.ch

Univ. Zurich :

Prof. Thomas Gehrmann
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Zürich
Winterthurerstr. 190
8057 Zürich
Phone +41 44 635 5818
Fax: +41 44 635 5704
E-Mail : thomas.gehrmann@physik.unizh.ch


Dr. Quentin Ingram
Paul Scherrer Institut, OFLC/010
CH-5232 Villigen PSI
Tel : +41 56 310 3258
E-Mail : quentin.ingram@psi.ch

ETH Zurich :

Prof. Günther Dissertori
ETH Hönggerberg, HPK E28
CH-8093 Zürich
Tel : +41 44 633 4288
E-Mail : guenther.dissertori@cern.ch

Past, present and upcoming activities

Here you can find announcements for outreach activities (such as seminars, open days etc.)

  • In Oct. 2006 the CHIPP Plenary meeting has endorsed a proposal to organize a CHIPP summer school in 2007. Details on this proposal can be found in the talk by G. Dissertori given at that meeting.
  • Presentation of Swiss Outreach activities at the EPPOG meeting in Valencia in Apr05 by G. Dissertori.

Teachers programme :


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Useful material :

Here you can find and download slides of talks for the general public, posters, publications and many more...

Talks for the general public:

Talk : Talk (in German) for the general public (NWG St. Gallen) by G. Dissertori : Aktuelles aus der Teilchenphysik; oder : Die Archäologie des Universums (PDF file, 29 Mb). Talk elaborated in collaboration between F. Pauss and G. Dissertori.

Publications: Conference paper on Research Oriented Teaching of Particle Physics, by G. Dissertori

Born in Catania, Sicily, Gabriel Cuomo went to Trieste for his master's degree, to Lausanne as a doctoral student, and finally to New York as a postdoc. The picture shows Cuomo during a visit to Switzerland.
Gabriel Cuomo receives the CHIPP Prize 2021

Last year, Gabriel Cuomo successfully defended his PhD thesis in theoretical particle physics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). For this academic achievement, the Sicilian-born physicist, who now lives

Image: G. Cuomo
Prof. Martin Hoferichter has held a professorship at the University of Bern since 2020, funded by the Eccellenza programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Various results shake up the Standard Model

At the beginning of April, the US research laboratory Fermilab published a new result for the magnetic dipole moment of the muon. The result caused a broad media response because

Comparison between RK measurements. The measurements by the BaBar and Belle collaborations combine B+→K+ℓ+ℓ− and B0→KS0ℓ+ℓ− decays, where ℓ is a lepton. The previous LHCb measurements and the new result [4], which supersedes them, are also shown.
Exciting news from CERN experiment with Swiss participation

Almost ten years ago, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) made headlines with the discovery of the Higgs particle. These days, the LHCb experiment at CERN has published results

Martin Pohl: Particles, Fields, Space-Time. From Thomson’s Electron to Higgs’ Boson. CRC Press 2021.
Martin Pohl packs a century of particle physics between two book covers.

Until his retirement in 2017, Martin Pohl was a physics professor at the University of Geneva and worked on particle physics research projects for almost half a century. Drawing on

This device was used at the Paul Scherrer Institute to produce pionic helium atoms for research purposes
Particle physicists create artificial atoms for research purposes

In the laboratories of modern physics the elementary components of matter are studied. To do this, scientists sometimes build artificial atoms to help them understand the laws of matter. A

Claudia Merlassino, CHIPP Prize 2020
Claudia Merlassino wins the CHIPP Prize 2020

Claudia Merlassino was born in Genoa, studied physics in Milan and completed her doctorate at the University of Bern in October 2019, since then she has been doing research at

Beamline for schools
Geneva school wins “Beamline for Schools” 2020 competition

The delta+ is a type of baryon, the family of sub-atomic particles to which the more well-known proton and neutron belong. A team of physics enthusiasts at the International School

PET image of brains without (top) and with (bottom) amyloid deposits. The deposits can be recognized by the red colouring, even with reduced spatial resolution (centre and right).
The start-up Positrigo uses findings from particle physics for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

Positron emission tomography (PET) helps medical doctors to detect cancer and many other diseases. A team of researchers led by ETH Professor Günther Dissertori is working on a new generation

CHART logo
Swiss research initiative CHART works on particle accelerators of the future

FCC - these three letters stand for the vision of a new ring accelerator that could be built at the European particle physics laboratory CERN in Geneva. With this long-term

Physicist Dr. Marina Battaglia is a senior researcher at the FHNW Institute for Data Science and works on the STIX project.
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland researches astroparticles of the Sun

Scientists at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have spent around ten years building the Spectrometer / Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX). Since 10 February, the

A 1.7 km long tunnel leads to the neutrino detector Super-Kamiokande. Photo: B. Vogel
Visiting the Japanese Super-Kamiokande detector (part 1)

Hardly any elementary particle occurs more frequently in the universe than the elusive neutrino. The investigation of the almost massless tiny particle is a focus of current elementary particle physics.

At the Physics Institute at the University of Bern, Armin Fehr and his colleagues have built the future 'Inner Tracker' of the ATLAS detector on a 1 to 1 scale. In the tube on the left, the proton-proton collisions take place. The dark red box shows one of the regions where the Optoboards will be located.
Every second fifty terabits of data

From 2026, the performance of the large-scale experiments at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Geneva will be significantly increased. The preliminary work for the upgrade of the large

In November 2018, a jury included the Geneva-based company Securaxis in the funding program of the "Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technologies" in PARK INNOVAARE in Villigen (AG). Photo (from left to right): Glenn Meleder (CEO Securaxis), Benno Rechsteiner (CEO PARK INNOVAARE), and Aurélie Pezous (Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN).
The Innovation Park “PARK INNOVAARE” in Villigen (AG) supports start-up companies in the field of accelerator technology.

CERN in Geneva is the leading particle physics laboratory worldwide. Large particle accelerators based on the most innovative technologies are used there for fundamental research. One year ago, the innovation

Anna Soter and her experiment at PSI. Photo: private
Anna Soter Wants to use Exotic Atoms for a Subtle Experiment

Gravity accompanies us in our everyday lives—from early morning, when we get out of bed, to late evening, when we drop tiredly onto the mattress. Although no other force of

Günther Dissertori is Professor for Particle Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
The FCC provides science for almost a century

In spring 2020 the European particle physics community will decide on a new European Strategy highlighting the strategic long-term goals in this important field of fundamental research. In December 2018

Laetitia Laub with a voluminous introduction to quantum field theory. "This is the bible ot the beginners," says Laub with an ironic undertone. Photo: B. Vogel
Further reducing the error

Laetitia Laub was born and raised near Lausanne. She studied mathematics and physics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Since August 2017, the 24-year-old junior scientist is

The new SPS honorary member Prof. Maurice Bourquin discussing thorium technology on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) and the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) on August 28th at EPF Lausanne.
The risk of thorium-based nuclear power would be acceptable

At the end of August, climate change and the future energy supply of Switzerland were among the topics of several keynote speeches at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical

Wins the CHIPP Prize 2018: Dr. Claudia Tambasco.
Claudia Tambasco honoured with CHIPP Prize 2018

In order for physicists at CERN to carry out their experiments for the understanding of matter, the large particle accelerator LHC must be operated with the utmost precision. Ensuring this

An ATLAS candidate event for the Higgs boson (H) decaying to two bottom quarks (b), in association with a W boson decaying to a muon (µ) and a neutrino (v). Image: ATLAS/CERN.
Long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed

Geneva, 28 August. Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. The finding, presented today at CERN

Lea Caminada in front of the PSI building, where she works as a particle physicist.
In the triangle Uni Zurich-PSI-CERN

Anyone who studies physics at the University of Zurich knows Lea Caminada for her lectures. Most of the time, however, you will not find the particle physicist on the Irchel

Extract from the computer simulation created by Dr. Joachim Stadel and other scientists from the University of Zurich: every yellow dot is a halo of dark matter in which a galaxy is embedded. The dark 'threads' are places in the universe with a high density of dark matter, while in the light spots ('voids') only few dark matter is present.
Measuring the Invisible Cosmos

In 2021, the European research satellite Euclid will be launched into space. With Euclid, scientists from Switzerland and 15 other countries want to gain a better understanding of dark matter

Claudia Merlassino studied physics in Milan at the same institute as today's CERN director Fabiola
Mobile phone sensors, fit for cutting-edge research

The large particle accelerator LHC at CERN in Geneva enables scientists to get precious clues to understand the nature of matter in the next two decades of data taking. The

Stefano Marzari, a Mechanical engineer trained at the EIF (Engineering School of Fribourg), helped to set up the CERN-MEDICIS facility. In the picture, Marzari shows the first 155Tb isotope plate produced by CERN-MEDICIS on December 11, 2017. 155Tb has a half-life period of around five days; the radioactive emissions of the sample produced in December is almost completely finished.
Drugs from the particle physics research lab

CERN in Geneva is the world's largest facility for the study of fundamental particles. The equipment that usually serves science can sometimes be used for practical purposes too. That's for

ETH graduate student Michal Rawlik with the small ‘prototype cage’, which serves to neutralize the magnetic fields in its interior.
A Touch of Magnetism

This fall at the Paul Scherrer Institute, the construction of a new particle physics experiment will begin to determine the electric dipole of the neutron. It will replace a previous

Prof. Alain Blondel with the Gargamelle bubble chamber on the CERN site in Meyrin: With Gargamelle, "neutral currents" were discovered at CERN in 1973, a rare interaction between neutrinos and matter.
Why half the universe is missing

In 2012, the Higgs particle was detected by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN. Since then, one often hears that the Standard Model of particle physics is complete. "Not

Eleven years after founding, DECTRIS has over 100 employees.
Particle Physics Strengthens the Industrialized Country of Switzerland

Particle physics is a basic science that forms our image of matter and the universe. However, the findings of this discipline also have practical applications that directly influence our daily

In December 2016, over 100 future SESAME users met in Jordan to discuss SESAME's future research program.
Research as a peace project

The laws of particle physics apply regardless of place and time, but the laws can’t be explored or their applications studied equally well in any location. Particularly in poorer countries,

Physics in Advent: Whether 'Nikolaus' or 'Weihnachtsmann' - without physics nothing works.
24 simple and yet ingenious experiments until Christmas

Once more, clever pupils from all over Switzerland are invited to the pre-Christmas competition 'Physics in Advent'. Starting on December 1st, participants are asked to solve a simple physical task

Prof. Günther Dissertori (47), particle physicist at the ETH Zurich and new deputy spokesman for the CMS experiment at CERN.
"Like the CEO of a multinational company"

The abbreviation CMS stands for one of the currently largest physics experiments worldwide. Günther Dissertori, a particle physicist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, was recently appointed

Prof. Philippe Mermod, particle physicist at the University of Geneva and at CERN
Track and trap – the long search for magnetic monopoles

Is there an elementary particle carrying magnetic charge? This fundamental question is being addressed by an experiment currently performed at CERN near Geneva. Recently the MoEDAL research collaboration published its

Aldo Antognini is part of the research collaboration measuring the deuteron via laser spectroscopy.
The deuteron too poses a mystery

The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by

Prof. André Rubbia, ETH Zurich
In the front row of neutrino research

Over 30 Nobel Laureates will debate this year in Lindau, Germany with about 400 young scientists from nearly 80 countries. The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 26th to

'Particle Fever' war der Schlusspunkt des Aarauer Open Air Kinos 2015 – und zugleich Auftakt für die 'Forschung live'-Wissenschaftstournee der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz in Aarau.
Open Air Kino Aarau

Vom 26. bis zum 29. August feiert die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT) in Aarau mit der Wissenschaftstournee 'Forschung live' ihren 200. Geburtstag. Aus diesem Anlass wurde am Aarauer Open

Regelmässig fährt die Teilchenphysikerin Lea Caminada von Zürich nach Genf, wo sie am grossen Teilchenbeschleuniger des CERN forscht.
Das 'Higgs' nochmals neu entdecken

Am 23. August 2015 läuft im Rahmen der Wissenschaftstournee «Forschung live» am Aarauer Open Air Kino der Film 'Particle Fever' über die Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens. Live dabei: die Zürcher Teilchenphysikerin

Der 'Stargast' des Abends: Der in Weggis geborene und heute an der Uni Bern lehrende Teilchenphysiker PD Dr. Hans Peter Beck gab vor dem Film Auskunft über seine Forschertätigkeit am CERN, befragt vom Wissenschaftsjournalisten Dr. Benedikt Vogel.
Open Air Kino Luzern

Am 9. August 2015 wurde am Open Air Kino Luzern der Dokumentarfilm 'Particle Fever' (Regie: Mark Levinson) über die Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens am CERN gezeigt. Es war die erste Aufführung

Tobias Golling (39) teaches at the University of Geneva and is a researcher at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
The dawn of „new physics“

The Large Hadron Collider LHC, CERN´s largest particle accelerator, restarted operating in early June after an almost two year shutdown. It is delivering new data that will enable physicists around

Porträt Lilian Witthauer
CHIPP Price 2015

In Goethe´s renowned play “Faust” polymath Heinrich Faust poses the question “whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds”. In his search for an answer he even commits himself

Jane (Felicity Jones) meets her future husband Stephen (Eddie Redmayne).
Hawking-movie: “The theory of everything”

If physics ever makes it to the movie theatres it is usually in the form of a science fiction. Not so in the British movie “The theory of everything”. The

Das Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer hoch über der Erde.
Noch behalten die Positronen ihr Geheimnis für sich

Vom AMS-Experiment zur Vermessung der Kosmischen Strahlung erhoffen sich Astroteilchenphysker Hinweise auf die rätselhafte Dunkle Materie, die unser Weltall ausfüllen muss, deren Natur aber bislang ungeklärt ist. Zwar liefern die

The panel discussion about 'Particle Fever': Facilitator Hanna Wick (2nd left) with the physicist Hans Peter Beck, media scientist Mike Schäfer und social psychologist Clara Kulich.
Debate Particle Fever

What are the chances and the limits when communicating about particle physics with a broader public? CERN physicist Hans Peter Beck, media scientist Mike Schäfer and social psychologist Clara Kulich

"xxxx": Der Wissenschaftspublizist Eduard Kaeser.
Kaeser zu Big science

Im Mai 2014 wurde in Neuenburg die Microcity eröffnet. Mit diesem Zentrum für Mikrotechnik wollen der Kanton Neuenburg und die ETH Lausanne den Forschungsplatz Neuenburg stärken. Doch wie behauptet sich

teaser 'auf der Suche nach dem 'sterilen' Neutrino
Auf der Suche nach dem 'sterilen' Neutrino

In wenigen Monaten startet am Fermilab bei Chicago (USA) ein aufsehenerregendes Experiment, mit dem Physiker abklären wollen, ob neben den drei bekannten Typen von Neutrinos ein vierter Typ besteht. Bemerkenswert

Abha Eli Phoboo.
Kathmandu is calling

University education and academic excellence in research and teaching are taken for granted in affluent Western nations. We are used to having a broad spectrum of institutes in any possible

Thimothée Delubac

Nur vier Prozent unseres Universums bestehen aus der uns bekannten Materie. Der grösste Teil des Weltalls hingegen – davon ist die moderne Physik überzeugt – besteht aus Dunkler Energie. Was