Joint Universities Accelerator School
JUAS 2022
N.B. Given the present world-wide public health situation, we have not yet finalised the format of JUAS 2022. ESI will be able to give concrete information about the format: hybrid (remote and on-site) or 100% online during September 2021.


10 January - 18 March 2022


Taught by leading European particle accelerator specialists, JUAS is an international graduate school for highly motivated scientists and engineers currently studying to complete a Master's 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.


JUAS delivers a regularly updated, academically accredited programme in partnership with CERN and a cluster of 16 European universities.


The full programme covers essential topics during 10 weeks from January to March, comprising 2 consecutive courses, which can be taken together or separately: 

Course 1: The science of particle accelerators (10 Jan-11 Feb )
Course 2: The technology and applications of particle accelerators (14 Feb-18 Mar)

Each course lasts 5 weeks: 4 weeks (more than 100 hours) of lectures, tutorials, computer sessions and group work. The final week is given over to revision and written examinations, which enable students to earn ECTS credits from their home university. 


For more information (NB. documents relate to the 2020 session: updated versions for the online programme will be posted soon.)

Download the JUAS 2020 flyer HERE
Download the JUAS 2020 timetable HERE


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.