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CHIPP, the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics
an Association according to Swiss Law



The CHIPP association units researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. The objectives of CHIPP are to coordinate and strengthen the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinate research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promote public awareness of the field.

This is achieved by keeping a continuous dialogue between the particle physicists of different cantonal universities and federal institutes. CHIPP is recognized as the representative of Swiss particle physics both nationally and internationally. It awards yearly a Prize to a PhD student, supports workshops and conferences, organizes PhD schools, and develops outreach projects.

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Latest News

  • The CHIPP PhD Winter School 2017 is to be held in Sörenberg the week of 13-17 February 2017. Save the date!

  • The programme of the 2016 CHIPP Annual Plenary Meeting and PhD/Postdoc Days (Lugano, 23-25 August 2016) is available. Please do not forget to register!

  • "" is now on the SCNAT portal. The migration of the multi-lingual outreach portal of the "Interactions" project to a new thematic portal of SCNAT devoted to particle physics has been completed in early May.

  • The PSI 2016 workshop on Physics, Symmetries and Interactions is taking place on 16-20 October 2016, at PSI. Registrations are open.

  • The RECFA Country visit is taking place on 1st April 2016 at ETHZ.

  • The Exothiggs: Zuoz Summer School is taking place on 14-20 August 2016 in Zuoz.

  • The CHIPP Prize 2016 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is open for applications, with a deadline on 30 April 2016.

  • In its session of 26 February 2016, the CHIPP Board has approved the Annual Report 2015 and the Annual Accounts 2015. It also approved the revision of the CHIPP Prize procedures, reaffirming to allow nominations from candidates who already completed their PhD thesis. The 2016 outreach project on the SCNAT thematic portal was also approved.

  • The Strategy Workshop on High-Energy Particle Physics in Switzerland (SWHEPPS) is taking place on 7-9 June 2016 at the Seminarhotel Ägerisee, ZG.

  • CHIPP meetings in 2016 are set as follows (please block the dates in your diary):
    - The CHIPP Plenary 2016 is taking place from Tue. 23 to Thu. 25 August 2016 jointly with the SPS Annual Meeting in Lugano, TI.
    - The two first CHIPP Board meetings in 2016 are set on Fri. 26 February (Bern) and on Mon. 22 August (Lugano).

  • At the start of 2016, Tatsuya Nakada (EPFL) succeeds Olivier Schneider (EPFL) as the new CHIPP Chair, while Günther Dissertori (ETHZ) succeeds Rainer Wallny (ETHZ) as Vice-Chair in the CHIPP Executive Board.

  • The CHIPP Board has approved per e-mail vote by 14 November 2015 the document Experimental neutrino physics: Switzerland in the global context, a white paper to become an official CHIPP document.

  • The 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is awarded to five experiments investigating neutrino oscillation, including the K2K/T2K experiment in Japan with three CHIPP Board members in the collaboration.

  • In its session of 23 October 2015, the CHIPP Board has elected Günther Dissertori (ETHZ) as CHIPP Executive Board member for a 1st term from January 2016 to December 2017. It has also approved the activities and the budget of 2016, with Marc Türler (CHIPP Administrator) to become the Swiss EPPCN representative in 2016. The update of the CHIPP Prize procedures are agreed upon incorporating an additional change concerning the issue of the thesis non-completion.

  • Rosanna Checkt's - Woraus besteht die Welt? particle physics outreach for children as a TV programme broadcasted on SRF1 on Tue, 29. September 2015 at 16:55.

  • The 28th TEXAS Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics takes place on 13 - 18 December 2015 in Geneva.

  • CHIPP participates to the SCNAT 200-years celebration in the frame of the "Forschung Live" outreach programme by screening the movie "Particle Fever" (USA, 2013) at Open Air cinemas in Lucern on 9 August and in Aarau on 23 August, as well as indoor in Sion on 25 September. The latter is followed by an interdisciplinary podium discussion with, among others, Olivier Schneider (CHIPP Chair).

  • In its session on 1st July 2015, the CHIPP Plenary has re-elected Lenny Rivkin (PSI & EPFL) as Restricted and Plenary ECFA member and Olaf Steinkamp (Zurich) as Plenary ECFA member, both for a 2nd term from Jan. 2016 to Dec. 2018, while Andreas Knecht (PSI) was elected for a 1st three-year term (Jan. 2016-Dec. 2018) as Plenary ECFA member. The CHIPP Plenary Session has also admitted Daniel Wyler as Honorary Board Member and Ralph Eichler, Divic Rapin, Jean-Pierre Ruder, and Dirk Trautmann as Honorary Plenary Members.

  • In its session of 29/30 June 2015, the CHIPP Board has elected Tatsuya Nakada (EPFL) as CHIPP Executive Board member for a 3rd term and as CHIPP Chair from January 2016 to December 2017. It has also recommended to SERI Olivier Schneider (EPFL) for a 2nd term as scientific member of the Swiss delegation to CERN Council from Jan. 2016 to Dec. 2018.

  • The CHIPP Prize 2015 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded to Lilian Witthauer (Basel) for her dissertation (in prep.) on the η-photoproduction off quasi-free nucleons. The laudatio says: "For her comprehensive study of photoproduction of η-mesons on nucleons bound in deuterium and 3He with polarized beams and targets, which covered all aspects from data-taking with two different experimental set-ups at two medium energy electron accelerators to detector calibration and a challenging analysis".

  • Register before 15 June to the CHIPP Annual Plenary 2015 held from Mon. 29 June to Wed. 1st July 2015 at the Château de Bossey, VD !

  • André Rubbia (ETHZ) was elected on 10 March 2015 as the co-Spokesperson of the Experiment at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (ELBNF) at Fermilab, USA (see the Fermilab Today article). Congratulations from CHIPP !

  • In its session of 6 March 2015, the CHIPP Board has approved the Annual Report 2014 and the Annual Accounts 2014. It has also elected Ben Kilminster (Zurich) and Michele Weber (Bern) as the two CHIPP account auditors from June 2015 to June 2018, as well as Xin Wu (Geneva) as CHIPP observer in the Swiss Commission of Space Research (CSR) for a three year mandate from March 2015 to December 2017.

  • The CHIPP Prize 2015 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is open for applications, with a deadline on 31 March 2015.

  • The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) will be organised for the fourth time together with our Austrian colleagues. It takes place on 1-4 September 2015 at the TU Vienna.

  • The workshop SuGAR 2015 - Searching for the Sources of GAlactic cosmic Rays takes place on 21-23 January 2015 in Geneva.