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2016

  • 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.

2015

  • 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.

  • The CHIPP PhD Winter School 2015 is held in Grindelwald the week of 18-23 January 2015. Follow it @CHIPPSchool !

  • At the start of 2015, Adrian Signer (PSI) succeeds Gilberto Colangelo (Bern) as Vice-Chair in the CHIPP Executive Board.

  • CHIPP meetings in 2015 are set as follows (please block the dates in your diary):
    - The CHIPP Plenary 2015 will take place from Mon. 29 June to Wed. 1 July 2015 at the Château de Bossey, by Céligny, near Geneva.
    - The CHIPP Board meetings in 2015 are set on 6 March (Bern), 29 June (Céligny), and 23 October (Bern).
    - The 2015 meetings of the CHIPP Executive Board have also been set.

2014

  • Florencia Canelli (Zurich) was elected at the IUPAP General Assembly of 7 November as a new member of commission C11 on particles and fields for a three-year mandate (Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2017). Congratulations from CHIPP !

  • In its session of 6 November 2014, the CHIPP Board has re-elected Teresa Montaruli (Geneva) as Swiss scientific delegate to the ApPEC General Assembly for a second term (2015–2016). The Board also elected Rainer Wallny (ETHZ), and re-elected Martin Pohl (Geneva) and Teresa Montaruli as CHIPP representatives in the LA FLARE panel.

  • The Zuoz Summer School: More than Higgs - Effective Theories for Particle Physics is taking place on 17-23 August 2014 in Zuoz.

  • In its session of 30 June 2014, the CHIPP Board has elected Adrian Signer (PSI/UZH) as new CHIPP Vice Chair, succeeding to Gilberto Colangelo (Bern), and has re-elected Teresa Montaruli (Geneva) for a second term in the same function. Their mandates are 2 years, starting on 1 January 2015.

  • In its session on 30 June 2014, the CHIPP Plenary has elected Michael Dittmar (ETHZ) as new CHIPP representative to the CERN User Advisory Committee ACCU, succeeding Michele Weber (Berne), who has served for six years in this function. Michael Dittmar's term is 2 years, starting on 1 January 2015.

  • The CHIPP Prize 2014 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded to Marco Peruzzi (ETHZ) for his dissertation (in prep.) on the development of novel topological algorithms to identify single photons in the CMS. The laudatio says: "For his original contribution to the development of novel topological algorithms to identify single photons in the electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS experiment at the LHC and discriminate them against abundant background from neutral pions".

  • The SWAPS 2014: Strategic Workshop on AstroParticle in Switzerland took place on 11-13 June 2014 in Geneva.

  • The CHIPP Plenary and PhD/Postdoc days 2014 will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) in Fribourg, from 30 June to 2nd July, 2014. The formal CHIPP Plenary will be on Mon, 30 June at 13:45. The Swiss event of the 60th anniversary of CERN will be on Wed, 2nd July at 13:00.

  • The CHIPP Prize 2014 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is open for applications, with a deadline on 31 March 2014.

  • At the start of 2014, Olivier Schneider (EPFL) succeeds Klaus Kirch (ETHZ & PSI) as the new CHIPP Chair. There is also a hand over for the CHIPP Administrator with Marc Türler succeeding to Jean-Pierre Ruder, who retired in Jan. 2014. The CHIPP Board thanks Jean-Pierre for his excellent work over the last five years, and wishes him a happy and relaxing retirement.

2013

  • In its session of 4 November 2013, the CHIPP Board has elected Olivier Schneider (EPFL) as new CHIPP Chair, succeeding to Klaus Kirch (ETHZ & PSI). His mandate is 2 years, starting on 1 January 2014. At the same meeting, the CHIPP Board has approved the activities for 2014, together with the budget and the membership fee. The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

  • The CERN Council has elected Tatsuya Nakada (EPFL) as Chair of the prestigious CERN Scientific Policy Committee. His mandate is one year – renewable twice – and starts on 1 January 2014. Congratulations from CHIPP!

  • CHIPP meetings in 2014 are set as follows (please block the dates in your diary):
    - The CHIPP Plenary 2014 will take place on 30 June in Fribourg; for the first time the meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society SPS
    - The CHIPP Board meetings in 2014 are set on 7 March (Berne), 30 June (Fribourg), and 6 November (location tbd)
    - The CHIPP EB meeting calendar for 2014 can be found here

  • The CHIPP Prize 2013 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded to Martin Fertl for his dissertation (in prep.) on the Hg co-magnetometer in the nEDM experiment at PSI. The laudatio says: “For his original contributions to the design and contribution of a new experiment planning to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron at PSI.".

  • The Assembly of Delegates of the SCNAT has elected Felicitas Pauss (ETHZ) as Board Member of the SCNAT; her term is three years and starts in June 2013. Congratulations from CHIPP !

  • The Annual Congress of the SCNAT will take place on 21/22 November 2013 in Winterthur and will focus on physics: “The Quantum Atom at 100 – Niels Bohr’s Legacy”. The list of high-level international speakers contains also Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche. Attendance is free of charge; detailed information is available at www.congress13.scnat.ch.

  • In its session of 24/25 June 2013, the CHIPP Board has elected R. Wallny to succeed K. Kirch from 2014 onwards as Member of the CHIPP EB, and has recommended to the Plenary to approve the requests for Honorary Membership. The CHIPP Plenary (on 26 June 2013) has elected S. Haug as P-ECFA representative. Further, the CHIPP Board has endorsed the Annual Report 2012 and the Annual Accounts 2012 and has decharged the CHIPP EB and Administration for the year 2012. The minutes of the Board can be found here.

  • The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society SPS will be organised for the third time together with our Austrian colleagues. It will take place from 3-6 September 2013 at the Johannes Kepler-University in Linz. More information is available here.

  • PSI2013: The 3rd Workshop on the Physics of Fundamental Symmetries and Interactions at low energies and the precision frontier will take place from 9-12 September 2013 at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland.

  • XQCD13: This year's edition of the annual Extreme QCD workshops takes place from 5-7 August 2013 at the University of Bern.

  • The CHIPP Plenary session has taken place from 24 to 26 June 2013 at Campus Sursee (results).

  • The International Cosmic Ray Conference 2013 will take place from 2-9 July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The first circular for this conference can be found here. The International Advisory Committee is co-chaired by E. Flückiger, the President of the Stiftung Jungfraujoch & Gornergrat.

  • The CHIPP prize 2013 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics has been advertised. The application deadline is set at 31 March 2013. For details see the advertisement and the selection procedure.

  • Switzerland is now member of ApPEC: the ApPEC Secretary General has countersigned the document on behalf of ApPEC, just two weeks after the signing of the accession document by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF. This new membership is pleases in particular the ApP community within CHIPP, who has asked for this step in a Resolution(accepted by the CHIPP Board on 7 September 2013).

  • The SNSF has approved fully the funding request for the outreach project 'Interactions' under the Agora scheme! The project has been submitted by the Outreach Coordinator (H.-P. Beck) and involves the same team of external experts, who is already looking after the present project 'Verflixtes Higgs', funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI. Access to detailed information is under preparation.

  • The renewed CHIPP Executive Board composed of G. Colangelo (BE), K. Kirch (PSI&ETHZ, chair), T. Montaruli (GE), and O. Schneider (EPFL) has started its term on 1 January 2013.

  • Convened by the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences scnat, the third " Round Table International Infrastructure Projects" has taken place on 21 November 2012 in Bern. The SNF mentions its intention to attend the CERN LHC RRBs from 2013 onwards and states its readiness to consider its accession to the Astroparticle Physics European Coordination ApPEC (minutes will follow later).

  • Second Swiss input to the CERN Strategy update: As agreed at the CHIPP Board meeting in June, a second text focusing on the strategy to be supported by Switzerland has been produced and submitted after the Krakow meeting. This second contribution complements the first Swiss scientific input that had been submitted in July 2012. The update process for the European Strategy in Particle Physics aims at producing a first draft in January 2014. Switzerland is represented in the European Strategy Group by the CHIPP Chair (K. Kirch).

  • The Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF has decided to sign the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the accession of Switzerland to the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium ApPEC. The relevant documents can be found here.

  • CHIPP PhD Winter School 2013: The registration for the next edition of the CHIPP Winter School (20 - 25 January 2013, Grindelwald, Switzerland) is now open until Sunday 9 December 2012. The maximum number of participants is 35. Registration fee (covering the whole week) is set at 1050.- CHF. The school is open to both Swiss and International students, with emphasis on the participation of doctoral students. The school programme includes lectures on accelerator and non-accelerator particle physics (detectors, LHC physics, neutrinos, astroparticle physics, flavour physics). A session for student presentations is also foreseen. Discussion sessions between lecturers and students will take place every evening, to deepen the topics presented during the day. Details and the registration form is available here.

2012

  • The CHIPP Plenary session 2012, September 13-14, 2012, Kartause Ittingen (results).

  • The CHIPP Prize 2012 for the best PhD student in experimental or theoretical particle physics is awarded to Franz Herzog from ETHZ for his dissertation (in prep.) on QCD corrections and non-linear mappings. The laudatio says: “For his contributions in developing a new method for NNLO perturbative calculations and its application to the phenomenology of the Higgs boson”.(more)

  • In its session of 7 September 2012, the CHIPP Board has elected T. Montaruli to succeed L. Baudis as CHIPP Vice Chair and Member of the CHIPP EB, and has recommended to the Plenary to nominate L. Rivkin as R-ECFA representative, O. Steinkamp and T. Garvey as P-ECFA representatives, and M. Weber as ACCU representative [on 13 September, the Plenary followed these recommendations]. Further, the CHIPP Board has endorsed the Report on Cost-intensive Infrastructures, addressed to CRUS, and recommended to the Round Table International the adhesion of Switzerland to ApPEC. In the same meeting, the CHIPP Board has approved the Activities for 2013, the 2013 CHIPP budget and the membership fee for next year (220 CHF/capita plus an institutional fee). Finally, the CHIPP Board has discussed the long-term planning and invited the proposers of LAGUNA-LBNO, CTA and DARWIN to submit to the Round Table International a white paper explaining the Swiss leadership, interest and participation in these projects, detailing also the evolution of manpower and the resulting funding needs. The minutes of the Board can be found here.

  • Swiss input to CERN Strategy update: The process for updating the European Strategy for Particle Physics, adopted in July 2006 in Lisbon, is well underway. The next important event is an Open Symposium to be held in Krakow next week. It aims at getting the maximum input from the particle physics community, as well as from other stakeholders both inside and outside Europe, as Europe's strategy forms part of a global whole. As in 2006, CHIPP has contributed by providing a consolidated Swiss scientific input in advance of the meeting. The text had been prepared by the CHIPP WG on Strategy, discussed in the CHIPP Board on 13 June 2012, which has been submitted with last improvements at the end of July. It is a useful tool for the Swiss delegate to the European Strategy Group (K. Kirch) and is complemented by some political guidelines from the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER. After the Krakow symposium, CHIPP will draft a second text focusing on the strategy to be supported.

  • New scientific CERN Council delegate: The State Secretariat for Education and Research SER has decided that Prof. Olivier Schneider from EPFL (photo, CV) shall succeed Prof. Ueli Straumann (Zurich) as scientific CERN Council delegate, starting on 1 January 2013. The term is three years. The CHIPP Association congratulates Olivier and expresses its best wishes for a fruitful cooperation and an intense two-way dialogue. At the same time, it thanks Ueli for his loyal services, which he will have rendered during six years at the end of 2012.

  • The Annual Congress of SCNAT will take place on 25/26 October 2012 in Interlaken and will deal with polar and high altitude research. The topic will commemorate the famous Swiss geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred de Quervain who set the cornerstone of modern exploration by crossing - as the second man ever - the inland ice of Greenland in a daring expedition in 2012.
    On behalf of the Academy, all CHIPP members are kindly invited to attend this congress (see programme and further information in German and French). A specific webpage has been set up for registration and accommodation (block booking guaranteed until 7 September).

  • Integrated into the Annual Meeting of the SPS (21/22 June 2012 at ETHZ), the TASK Session (Astro, Nuclear, and Particle Physics) saw an incresing number of papers, presented either orally or as posters. Themes covered were the physics results from ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb, ultracold neutrons, neutrino experiments and the search for Dark Matter, particle physics theory, and progress reports from space-born detectors. The 100th anniversary of the discovery of Cosmic Rays by V. Hess was celebrated by a well attended public lecture by Samuel C.C. Ting. (full report see here).

  • PSI Zuoz Summerschool on Particle Physics 19-25 August 2012

  • The meeting of the Plenary-ECFA took place at PSI on 19-20 July 2012. The meeting details and programme can be found here.

  • The competition for the 2012 CHIPP Prize has started with the distribution of the advertisement. Deadline for applications is 31 May 2012. The CHIPP Prize, valued 3000 CHF, is awarded annually to the best student preparing his/her PhD thesis in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics. The applications are evaluated and assessed by the Selection Committee, at present composed of G. Colangelo (BE, Chair), A. Bay (EPFL), M. Bourquin (GE) and P. Truöl (ZH).

  • CHIPP PhD Winter School 2012, Engelberg, 22-27 January, 2012

  • In its session of 12 January 2012, the CHIPP Board has endorsed the submission of the NCCR Proposal ‘THE UNIVERSE – Constituents, Forces, Space-Time’ by the two co-leading houses (GE, PSI) on behalf of the NCCR participants. Further, the CHIPP Board has approved the setting-up of a Working Group to prepare the Swiss scientific input to the update process of the European Strategy in Particle Physics (K. Kirch, PSI&ETHZ [Chair]; A. Ereditao, BE; Th. Gehrmann, ZH; R. Wallny, ETHZ; M. Pohl, GE; O. Schneider, EPFL). In the same meeting, the CHIPP Board has agreed to place the selection of the CHIPP Prize winner in the hands of a specific Selection Committee (G. Colangelo, BE [Chair], A. Bay, EPFL; M. Bourquin, GE; P. Truöl, ZH) and has slightly revised the CHIPP Prize procedures. In addition, the CHIPP Board decided on a Membership fee of 110 CHF for 2012 and approved the budget 2012 for the CHIPP Association. The minutes of the Board can be found here.

  • The renewed CHIPP Executive Board composed of L. Baudis (ZH), G. Colangelo (BE), K. Kirch (PSI&ETHZ, chair), and O. Schneider (EPFL) has started its term on 1 January 2012.

2011

  • The updated ‘European Roadmap for Astroparticle Physics’ produced by the Science Advisory Committee of ASPERA-2 will be presented and discussed on November 21-22, 2011 in Paris. Details and registration see here.

  • 2011 CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics. Mrs Lesya Shchutska.

  • The CHIPP Plenary session 2011, September 01-02, 2011, Leysin

  • NuFact11 - August 1 to 6, 2011, Geneva

  • International Neutrino Summer School 2011 - July 18 to 30, 2011, Geneva

  • Workshop on LHC activities in Switzerland on July 28 and 29, 2011 (noon to noon) at University Zurich-Irchel (purpose, programme, summary)

  • The Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society has taken place on June 15-27, Lausanne (summary)

  • Convened by the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences scnat, the second "Round Table regarding the Swiss Representation in International Bodies" has taken place on May 26, 2011 in Bern (draft minutes)

  • After having acquired legal personality by transforming itself into an Association according to Swiss law, CHIPP had submitted a membership application to the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences SCNAT. On 20 May 2011, the SCNAT Delegate Assembly has discussed this application and has unanimously accepted CHIPP as a new member of the Academy. Within the Academy, CHIPP will be attributed to the ‘Platform Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics MAP’. The CHIPP Chairman, Prof. Martin Pohl, was very pleased with this decision and is looking forward to contribute in a substantial and constructive way to the work of the MAP and the SCNAT. In exchange, he expects CHIPP to be more and better involved in the dialogue about science policy and the preparation of national science policy decisions by providing input on issues of importance and concern to Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics.

  • 2011 CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics.

  • CHIPP has acquired legal personality by transforming itself into an Association according to Swiss law. The Association is not-for-profit.

    The decision of principle had been taken on 23 August 2010 at the Board meeting in Gersau (SZ), whereas the statutes and bylaws entered into force on 26 January 2011, the day of the official ‘Gründungsversammlung’ required by Swiss law. This step is a milestone in CHIPP’s history, since it allows the Association to conclude employment contracts and sign other legal documents. Further, acquiring legal personality is a prerequisite to become a member of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences SCNAT. After the Board’s decision on 26 January, the membership application has been submitted to SCNAT.


  • The High Energy and Particle Physics (HEPP) Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) is calling for nominations for the EPS HEPP Prizes in 2011. Deadline for nominations is March 15, 2011. ( more)

2010

  • Summary Slide of the Physics of Symmetries and Interactions at low energies and the precision frontier, 11-14 October 2010, PSI

  • Workshop on Dark Matter in the Sky and Underground, 22-24 September 2010 at the ITP, University of Zurich (room 36K08) (more)

  • CHIPP Prize 2010
    Alexander Kish from University Zurich has received the CHIPP Prize 2010 for the best PhD student in experimental particle physics (more).

  • ICHEP2010, 21 to 28 July, Palais des Congrès, Paris (poster)

  • The 6th Patras Workshop on Axions, WIMPs and WISPs (AXION-WIMP 2010) will be held at the University of Zurich on 5-9 July 2010

  • School on Flavour Physics, University of Bern, June 21 - July 2, 2010

  • The next annual meeting of the Swiss Physical Society SPS will be held from 21 to 23 June 2010 in Basel (click here for more details).

  • The CHIPP Chairman has met the President of SCNAT and his Secretary General on 1 June 2010 to discuss a possible membership of CHIPP in SCNAT (short report)

  • Convened by CHIPP, the first "Round Table regarding the Swiss Representation in International Bodies" has taken place on April 30, 2010 in Bern. A short summary can be found here.

  • The Swiss Universities of Zurich, Berne and Geneva as well as the ETH Zurich participate in the European Physics Masterclasses for High School Students on 15 February to 5 March 2010 (click here for more details: Europe or Switzerland)

  • The CHIPP PhD School 2010 has taken place in from 17 - 24 January 2010 in Ascona and had the following topics: neutrino physics, experimental methods and detectors). The School was well attended with some 50 participants (10% foreign students) and has been very successfully concluded on 24 January (click here for more details).

  • A new CHIPP Executive Board composed of L. Baudis (ZH), K. Kirch (PSI), T. Nakada (EPFL) and M. Pohl (GE, chair) has started on 1 January 2010.

2009

  • Presentation of U. Straumann to the Secretary of State, Dell'Ambrogio on a new funding line FOLIS for astroparticle and neutrino physics (executive summary).

  • The revised and completed ProDoc application for PhD students was approved by the SNF in fall 2009. With its research and educational modules at PhD level, it complements nicely the C-15 project. As an immediate effect, each of the partnering institutes has nominated a ProDoc coordinator (GE: A. Hamilton, BE: HP. Beck, ZH: U. Straumann, EPFL: O. Schneider, ETHZ: G. Dissertori) and some institutes have already hired PhD students under this scheme. Other are in the planning stage and will implement the programme in the next months.

  • In late summer 2009, 3 additional PostDocs with strong interest in LHC physics and detector hard- and software, plus a strong know-how in IT have been hired in the context of the C-15 SUK grant ‘Swiss Centre of Advanced Studies in particle Physics in the LHC Era’. They were selected from one international call for applications resulting in 54 candidates. The selected candidates are attached to University of Geneva (jointly with University of Berne), EPFL (jointly with University of Zurich), and ETHZ. They started their work in the second half of 2009 with the three LHC experiments concerned (ATLAS, CMS and LHCb).

  • The next Swiss Physical Society annual meeting will be held jointly with the Austrian society at the University of Innsbruck on 2.-4. September 2009 Click here for more details. Note, that the particle and nuclear physicists already meet a day earlier, on Sep. 1.

  • In August 2009, the CHIPP Board has elected H.-P. Beck (BE) as new CHIPP outreach coordinator succeeding G. Dissertori (ETHZ). In order to better coordinate and harmonise the Swiss LHC outreach activities he has set up a small committee with representatives active in outreach from all universities.

  • In August 2009, the 2008 CHIPP Prize for the best PhD student in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics was awarded to Pedro Schwaller from University of Zurich with the following laudatio: “For his deep understanding of quantum field theory and his original and important contributions in theoretical particle physics.“;

  • A Workshop on Astroparticle Physics has taken place on 2/3 June 2009 at EPFL: The two-day CHIPP Workshop on Astroparticle Physics covered the area of astroparticle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and interlinked to high-energy particle physics. The event attracted mostly participants from Swiss institutes, including doctoral students, and provided an excellent opportunity to learn the objectives, updated status and future plans of the field. Scientific cross feeding with the physics at LHC was a particularly interesting issue.

  • The restricted European Committee for Future Accelerator (R-ECFA) has reviewed the situation of particle physics in Switzerland (March 2009, EPFL). The committee evaluated very positively the role of CHIPP coordinating the particle physics programme in Switzerland and the strong support to CERN by the Swiss government. The outreach effort was considered to be the area where further support would be needed.

  • In January 2009, a Workshop on Higgs Boson Phenomenology has been held at University of Zurich: The Center for Theoretical Studies in Zürich has organised this workshop with the aim to bring together all the specialists in order to prepare the community for the challenges which will be posed in the search for Higgs boson(s) and the understanding of experimental results amid their discovery. The WS was attended by some 60 students (15% from abroad) listening to talks and lectures from 37 speaker (5% from abroad).

  • After having worked with limited resources already in 2008, J.-P. Ruder has fully taken up his new duties as CHIPP Administrator and Administrative Project Leader for the C15 project (‘Swiss Centre of Advanced Studies in particle Physics in the LHC Era’) in January 2009.

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Prize 2015: Lilian Witthauer


Prize 2014: Marco Peruzzi


Prize 2013: Martin Fertl


Prize 2012: Franz Herzog


Prize 2011: Lesya Shchutska

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