About the Particle Physics Masterclass

Particle physics is a very interesting field in science. The recent discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle that is thought to be responsible for giving mass to the particles that form the matter we’re made of, l ed to a huge media echo and large public interest. Lund University is at the forefront of this field of research, with groups of researchers in the ATLAS and ALICE LHC collaborations, as well as in theoretical particle physics. It is these researchers that work with high-school students who become scientists for a day in the International Masterclasses, designed and coordinated by The International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG). The students analyse recent data from the LHC experiments, under the supervision of physicists who work with these data daily.

This is an activity that is as international as the field of particle physics: IPPOG has organized Particle Physics Masterclasses since 2005 in the framework of the program “International Masterclasses”. Each year in spring, universities and research labs in more than 50 countries worldwide open their doors and invite high-school students to experience life at the forefront of basic research. In 2017, IPPOG launched Masterclass activities for the first time to support and promote the access of women and girls to science education and research activities.

What happens on February 11th?

On February 11th, the Divisions of Theoretical Physics and Particle Physics at Lund University have invited students from the area to become particle physicists for a day. Since we want to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Girls and Women in Science, most activities during the Masterclass of February 12th will be led by female scientists to show that physics is a field where women are part of the community and to encourage young students of all genders to undertake a job in scientific research. During the masterclass activities, students will:

  • Learn the basics of theoretical and experimental particle physics
  • Participate in discussions with women role models, such as Prof. Melissa Franklin (Harvard University and Hedda Andersson Guest Professor at Lund University).
  • Discuss research and career prospects with Master's and PhD students at Lund University, as well as with international students and partners wtihin the EU-funded MSCA International Training Network INSIGHTS
  • Examine the products of collisions between elementary particles that travel through the 27-kilometre accelerator at close to the speed of light.
  • Connect to the CERN laboratory in a videoconference together with other institutes all over the world.

Speakers and helpers

Melissa Franklin

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Hedda Andersson Guest Professor, Lund University

Leif Lonnblad

Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics, Lund University

Caterina Doglioni

Associate Senior Lecturer, Lund University

Sara Borroni

Data scientist and Project Manager, Pangea Formazione

Katja Mankinen

PhD student, Lund University

Hevjin Yarar

PhD student from the INSIGHTS International Training Network, University of Padova

Nathan Simpson

PhD student from the INSIGHTS International Training Network, Lund University

Oliver Matonoha

PhD student, Lund University

Emelie Olsson

Master's student, Lund University

Preliminary schedule

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Welcome and introductions

Everyone

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Introduction to the theory of particle physics

Prof. Leif Lonnblad, Lund University

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Introduction to particle physics experiments

Dr. Caterina Doglioni, Lund University

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Keynote talk

Prof. Melissa Franklin, Harvard University

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Coffee break

Everyone

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Inroduction to the Masterclass exercise

Katja Mankinen, Lund University

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Discussion with PhD students from Lund University and INSIGHTS network

Eleni Skorda, Nathan Simpson and others

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Lunch break and mingle

Everyone

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Practical introduction to the ATLAS data analysis

Everyone

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LHC data analysis

Everyone

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From particle physics to data science: Question and Answers session during coffee

Dr. Sara Borroni

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Discussion of data analysis results

Everyone

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Videoconference with CERN and institutes worldwide

Everyone

Event FAQs

The Masterclass will be held in Lund University, in the Astronomy building (Sölvegatan 27, 223 62 Lund, Sweden). We will meet in the foyer and then move to Lundmarksalen. See at the end of the page for a map.
Of course not! We will provide fika and a sandwich lunch.
Contact Caterina Doglioni and Johan Rathsman.

Event Location

Astronomy building, Lund University
Sölvegatan 27, 223 62 Lund, Sweden