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CHIPP is an Association according to Swiss Law :
The purpose of the CHIPP Association is to strengthen particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland by being active in particular in the following fields:
Particle Physics explores the most fundamental laws of Nature:
Could it be that all phenomena taking place in the Universe could be derived from such basic laws?
All these questions are of fundamental nature and their answers are generally simple and unique. However, the process of answering to these fundamental questions is difficult, at the edge of technological achievements, and has a cost, for we are probing the frontier of our knowledge.
Experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other international laboratories have established the validity of a theoretical framework for the interactions between fundamental particles. Still fundamental questions remain unanswered. Some, but certainly not all, of these questions will be answered at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Other questions will require complementary experiments like for example in the field of neutrino physics and astroparticle physics. In addition, detector R&D will be necessary for potential future applications. In parallel, possible spin-offs will play an important role. The success of particle physics research in Switzerland is largely a result from the highly-qualified and innovative scientific and technical teams.
Another fundamental aspect of particle physics in Switzerland is represented by the high-level theoretical studies, such as phenomenology, fundamental theory, cosmology and astrophysics. A strong connection between theory and experiment is vital to the field.
Particle physics will have to continue attracting the best students by developing and promoting its attractiveness.
Members of the CHIPP Association are 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. Membership is automatic.
The CHIPP is organized as a two-level system (organizational structure):
Since 2003 the following CHIPP Board members have served as CHIPP Chairs: Allan Clark (2004/2005), André Rubbia (2006/2007), Ulrich Straumann (2008/2009), Martin Pohl (2010/2011), Klaus Kirch (2012/2013), Olivier Schneider (2014/2015). In 2016, Tatsuya Nakada took over the Chairmanship.
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.
CHIPP has been founded in October 2003, thereby superseding the ‘Forum of Swiss High Energy Physicists’ (History, founding message of the first Chair). Forum Chairs have been: Pierre Piroué (before 1988; pre-Forum era), Ludwig Tauscher (1988-1996), and Claude Amsler (1997-2003).
Early 2011, CHIPP has acquired legal personality by transforming itself into an Association according to Swiss law. This step is a milestone in CHIPP’s history, as it allows the Association to conclude employment contracts and sign other legal documents. Since 1 January 2012, CHIPP is a member of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences.
See the list of CHIPP Chairs and Vice-Chairs since 2003.
See also the CHIPP Functions and Tasks Document.
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Updated : M. Türler, Jan. 2017