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Masterclass in Particle Physics

Masterclass in Particle Physics

Screenshot of video conference at 2014 Masterclass

What is a MasterClass?

A MasterClass is a one-day-activity taking place at a university or research institute. Researchers invite high school students of age 15 - 19 years and let them be scientists for one day. The core activity is a measurement with real data from CERN, provided by the experiments ATLAS, CMS, and ALICE. The University of Cape Town hosts a MasterClass every year. This year's MasterClass will be held on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

Schedule of the Day

  • 09h30 - 10h00 .......... Registration and Welcome
  • 10h00 - 12h00 .......... Presentations and Q&A sessions
  • Particle Physics in a Nutshell
  • The Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS experiment at CERN
  • 12h00 - 13h00 .......... Lunch break
  • 13h00 - 13h45 .......... Introduction to measurement in particle physics
  • 13h45 - 15h15 .......... ATLAS data analysis in computer lab
  • 15h15 - 15h45 .......... Discussion of results and preparation for conference call with CERN
  • 16h00 - 17h00 .......... Video conference with CERN and international groups
  • Video-conference with universities and groups from Brazil, and France

Important information

  • There is limited space, so please contact us to book for your school.
  • Lunch will be provided by the University of Cape Town.
  • Transportation to and from the university will be the responsibility of the school.
  • The school must have a responsible person supervising their students on the day.

Helpful links

International MasterClasses 2015
CERN Education


University of Cape Town, Upper Campus
RW James building, PHYLAB 1

Who to contact?

For more information or general enquires please contact any one of the organizers:

International Masterclasses is an initiative by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, IPPOG.