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CHIPP is an association uniting researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. It strengthens the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinates research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promotes public awareness of the field.more

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CHIPP organisation

CHIPP Plenary meeting 2023
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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
-Astroparticle physics
-Neutrino physics

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 Plenary meeting – the supreme body of the Association – and the Board, 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 Executive Board.

The CHIPP Association is embedded the Swiss Civil Code and has given itself a set of Statutes and Bylaws, which have come into force on 26 January 2011, the day of the official ‘Gründungsversammlung’ required by Swiss Law.