European School of Instrumentation in Particle & Astroparticle Physics


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Prof. Johann Collot

Prof. Johann Collot

Whether installed on giant high-energy accelerators, orbiting around the earth or journeying through outer space, particle detectors are the eyes of scientists engaged in the exploration of the enchanted universe of quantum phenomena and cosmic splendours. New technology renders modern particle detectors ever more powerful, leading to new discoveries which in turn drive further technological advances. Among the breathtaking discoveries made in recent years thanks to the progress achieved in instrumentation, we can cite the production at CERN of the Higgs boson in 2012, the detection of high-energy extraterrestrial neutrinos by IceCube in 2013, and the observation of gravitational waves in 2016 by the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration. Apart from fundamental science, spin-off developments over recent years have meant that particle detectors accompany us in our daily lives in fields as diverse as medical imaging, DNA sequencing and fiber-optic communication.


The European School in Instrumentation in Particle and Astroparticle Physics (ESIPAP) is a unique school in the world, located close to CERN and offering Master, PhD students and early-career professionals two intensive 4-week courses taught by an international faculty comprising some 50 world-class experts from academia, research facilities and industry. Course 1 (mid-January to mid-February) addresses the physics of particle detectors, whereas course 2 (mid-February-mid-March) covers technology and applications. The curriculum is overseen by an international Advisory Committee which includes ESIPAP's participating universities. Both courses are validated by exams so that the latter may attribute ECTS and/or doctoral credits to their participating students if needed.


ESIPAP proposes an innovative pedagogical approach, based on a unique mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group workshops, practical sessions (at CERN and LPSC Grenoble) and laboratory visits (CERN and LPSC, ILL, Institut Néel in Grenoble).


Our alumni statistics show that cultural, geographical and gender diversity is a genuine key specificity of the school.  



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Prof Johann Collot (Université Grenoble-Alpes / ESI)


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