Joint Universities Accelerator School
JUAS 2020


13 January - 19 March 2020, Archamps, France

Taught by leading European particle accelerators specialists, JUAS delivers a regularly updated, academically accredited programme in partnership with CERN and a cluster of 16 European universities.


The school comprises 2 consecutive five-week courses, which can be taken together or separately: 

Course 1: The science of particle accelerators (13 Jan-14 Feb )
Course 2: The technology and applications of particle accelerators (17 Feb-19 Mar)

Each course is concluded by examinations which allow students to earn ECTS credits attributed by their home university.


The full programme covers essential topics during 10 weeks from January to March.


Each course lasts 5 weeks: 4 weeks comprising more than 100 hours of lectures and tutorials, including computer sessions, and the final week given over to revision and the written examinations. 


The programme includes visits to leading research laboratories and practical work at CERN and Bergoz Instrumentation.


JUAS is a graduate school aimed at motivated scientists and engineers currently studying to complete a Master degree or preparing a doctoral thesis.


Students are required to have good knowledge of general physics at the Bachelor’s level. Prerequisites include elementary knowledge of special relativity, electromagnetism, nuclear physics and mathematical methods of physics (vector analysis, vector spaces and matrices, differential & partial differential equations, Laplace & Fourier transforms). Some knowledge of signal theory could also be useful. Refresher courses and tutorials are provided in some of these matters, and must be studied before the start of the course.


lectures and tutorials at ESI are backed up by visits and practical sessions at:


CERN - European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva.

ESRF - European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble.

PSI – Paul Scherrer Institute , Villigen. 

HUG - Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Geneva.

Bergoz Instrumentation, Saint Genis Pouilly.