European School of Instrumentation
in Particle & Astroparticle Physics
ESIPAP 2016 Opening Day

Archamps, 25th January 2016


Students, lecturers and guests outside ESI’s Archamps facility.


The 3rd edition of the European School of Instrumentation in Particle and Astroparticle Physics opened in Archamps today.


The School Director, Professor Johann Collot (Université Grenoble-Alpes), confirmed the School’s growing popularity and internationalization. 19 Master and PhD students have enrolled in all or part of the course, which will run until 18th March.

Together, they represent no fewer than 15 nationalities, which breaks all the records for an ESI school in terms of geographical diversity! Partner universities award ECTS and doctoral school credits to students successfully completing the assessment tasks and examinations.


Over the next eight weeks a total of 39 of Europe’s leading specialists from the field of particle and astroparticle detectors will be bringing their expertise to ESIPAP.

The School offers students a comprehensive range of lectures, tutorials and computer-based sessions, the latter making good use of ESI’s new computer room.

Students will also gain valuable hands-on experience through the programme of practical sessions run at CERN and, as of this year, also at ESI, following the installation on site of the “Archamps High Energy Astroparticle Detector” (AHEAD). The brainchild of Professor François Montanet (Université Grenoble-Alpes), AHEAD will enable students to collect and analyse real-time data on cosmic showers as they hit the earth’s surface.


To mark the opening of ESIPAP 2016, Prof. Uwe Oberlack from the University of Mainz, gave a challenging inaugural lecture on the fascinating subject of Dark Matter.


Following Prof. Oberlack’s talk, students had the opportunity to relax and meet their counterparts from JUAS at the cocktail following the “cérémonie des voeux” at which ESI president, Hans Hoffmann, looked back on 2015 and presented ESI’s plans and projects for 2016.