Welcome to Lund-HEP EST!

Our mission

Lund-HEP EST is a graduate school at Lund University, that has been made possible thanks to a strong support from the 6th framework of the European Commission Marie Curie Mobility-2 program.

Scope of the program

The program will train 7 graduate students at Lund University in Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics to their PhD's. This training includes a course-program to give an advanced level theoretical competence needed for a future career as researcher, complementary training in communication, entrepreneurship and management/leadership, and of course most extensively training through supervised research in High Energy Physics.

The program will also allow and finance 8 graduate students to be detached from another University to Lund University for dedicated supervised research projects with a six months duration each.

We formally start in August 2006 with the first graduate students arriving in Lund in October.

Training through research

Both experimental and theoretical research is open for the students entering this program, and a particular emphasis is put on a close collaboration between theoretical and experimental researchers. It is expected that LHC will start operation during this program and the first results will come out from this major quantum leap in fundamental science. The close collaboration between experimental and theoretical researchers will give an extra edge on exploring and interpreting the results. Both ATLAS and ALICE at the CERN LHC are available as facilities in this program. Both these experiments are expected to start operation in 2007, with the major first data taking in 2008. ATLAS is the experiment at the energy frontier while ALICE in particular focuses on studying the conditions of colliding nuclei. An already operating pre-cursor facility to ALICE, PHENIX, is also available for this program.

The preparation for the abovementioned experiments has required a extensive technical development. To further profit from this, research activities can also include a continuation of such developments for future facilities, and to apply already developed technologies to other disciplines.

More information on the research program can be found at the left.


A doctor degree requires a certain number of courses in addition to the supervised research. This graduate school includes such courses. A significant fraction of these will be given using Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology. This methodology is already extensively used in medical schools, particularly in the more theoretical areas. It has also started to be applied with success in natural sciences. Since the PBL methodology is close to the methodology of research, it is rather natural to ramp-up the research activities by preceding them with PBL-based courses.

Complementary training

A scientist day is composed of more that research. She has to communicate the results to colleagues, explain the research to the public, collaborate with other researchers, and manage projects. This graduate school therefore also include complementary training to enhance these skills.

Maybe during the time as graduate student, or during the following career as scientist, you will encounter some method or technology that you find could be of interest in other parts of the society. It would then help, to understand how to proceed to make this into a reality. A complementary training in entrepreneurship is therefore also included in this graduate school.


Lund-HEP EST starts in August 2006 and continues until the end of September 2010.

You are most welcome to contact us for further information!

Torsten Åkesson