vConf2021 outreach lecture series for the general public
Particle physics tries to answer some of the big questions of humankind, such as “how was the universe born” and “what are we made of”? Through this outreach program, the organizers hope to give the public insight into some of the answers physics can give to these questions.
Since fundamental research is not immediately applicable in the form of products, it often takes decades before it has a direct impact to everyday life. When it does, it however often leads to rapid progress, as was the case with the transistor, the laser or particle beam cancer therapy. Therefore, the organizers are keen to share with the general public what is going on in the research field to which this conference belongs.
We are thrilled to welcome Eckard Elsen
, director of research and computing of the CERN
laboratory in Switzerland, Chris Quigg
, distinguished scientist emeritus at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
in the USA and Zhongbo Kang
, group leader at the University of California Los Angeles
to tell us in everyday language about the role particles play in nature and the strong forces binding them together.
Eckhard Elsen will give a virtual public presentation "The CERN Laboratory"
at 20:00h (CET DST) on Monday, August 2nd 2021, Chris Quigg's public presentation "Symmetries in Nature"
takes place at 20:00h (CET DST) on Wednesday, August 4th 2021 and Zhongbo Kang's public presentation "The Strong Force"
will start at 20:00h (CET DST) on Friday, August 6th. Note that the schedule referes to Central European Time.
All talks will be live streamed via YouTube and you can interact with the speakers via the YouTube live chat
. Links are avaialble also via the ConfXIV outreach channel
International HEP Masterclass demonstrations for Physicists
At the 2021 virtual confinement conference it is our pleasure to offer you the opportunity to get to know one of the most successful outreach projects in high-energy physics, the International Masterclasses (IMC) – hands-on particle physics
Using real-world data sets from particle and nuclear colliders, the masterclasses allows students aged 15-19 to experience particle physics fist hand, with events taking place in more than 220 institutions worldwide, spanning 55 countries and reaching more than 13.000 participants.
At vConf21, researchers, who have previously worked as tutor and hosts for the masterclasses will set up demonstrations of the different modules (according to different experimental data) for you, giving you the opportunity to learn how to hold such an event at your own institution. You will have the chance to select two demonstrations according to your interest among:
Please use the dedicated registration form
to sign up for the event. (Those of you who have already signed up, please check whether you can update your registration with the choice of demonstrations and if not possible, send us an email with your choices.)
Each demonstration will be held twice, so that you can select two out of these six. In addition we will schedule an introduction to the master class on particle therapy for everyone, as an impactful example of basic research affecting society.
Program starts Tuesday August 3rd, 11:30h (EU) – 5:30h (US East) – 18:30h (JPN)
Introduction to the IMC program by Kenneth Cecire, one of the coordinators of the IMC (20 min)
Brief introdcution to the Particle Therapy Masterclass, from fundamental research to applications for society, by Yiota Foka (15 min)
1st round of HEP demonstrations: your choice 1/6 (45 min)
Break (10 min)
2nd round of HEP demonstration: your choice 1/6 (45 min)
Closing (10 min)