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Das Higgs-Teilchen und das dazugehörige Higgs-Feld sind für unsere Welt und den ganzen Kosmos von grundlegender Bedeutung. Das Higgs-Feld, welches das ganze Universum durchdringt, sorgt dafür, dass Elementarteilchen Masse haben. Erst wenn Elementarteilchen Masse haben, können sie sich mit...

The authors discuss several ethical questions in today's particle physics: high costs and purported dangers of Big Science projects, relevance of fundamental research for society and the way particle physicists fill their duty to communicate with the public. Examples are given including the...

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9th issue, published in September 2016. This new issue and all previous editions are available for free download at http://elementaire.lal.in2p3.fr.
 

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A Question of Survival

This presentation was given at TEDxTUM 2015 in front of a large public audience and was recorded and published on the TEDxTUM site, as well as on their YouTube channel.  It attempts to answer the question of why we do basic research by describing it as a necessary facet of human survival.

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This material was used for the 3rd annual CERN @Montreux Physics of Music / Music of Physics Workshop.  The workshops are held every year in the Petit Casino during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  These are from July, 2015.

http://mjf2015.web.cern...

The ATLAS Public Web Pages

This talk describes the design and development strategies for implementing the ATLAS Public Web pages.  It was given at CHEP 2015 in Okinawa, Japan, and targets both Science Communicators and Web Developers.

CERN Council Seen by an Outreacher

This talk was given by request of the CERN Council for the celebration ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the Council.  It was complemented by talks given by theorists, users, young researchers, retired researchers, etc.  The goal is to remind the council of the importance of Education and...

Innovating Science Outreach

This is a talk given at ICHEP 2014 in Valencia, Spain.  The goal is to inform other science communicators of the content, platforms, and strategy supporting the Outreach and Education project of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN.  Some of the examples and lessons learned can be helpful for others....

The discovery of the Higgs boson came at the end of a long journey, where the direction was marked, but the road had to be built. What now? Now the physicists are looking out onto a world we don’t know, where there are no paths, and even the directions to be followed aren’t very clear. They know...

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The "Experience CERN 360" web documentary (http://experience-cern360.fr) is a website in French developed by the CNRS, the CEA and the ExplorNova collaboration (CEA Irfu & iRélité/Capacités SAS) for the CERN 60th anniversary in 2014. 10 entry points...

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For over ten years primary and junior high schools have been visiting the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear
Physics (INFN), welcomed by willing searchers who accompany them to...

At the Particle Physics Masterclasses participants analyse real data from CERN. If you are planning to have a Masterclass at your school or institution, it is recommendable to prepare students in advance for this event. The hand-out contains of a description of the research task, a short...

What is explored at CERN? What happens when particles collide at the LHC? What does particle physics have to do with cosmology? How was antimatter discovered and what is the Higgs-Boson? And is there any particle use of practical physics? This package of material gives answers to these and many...

ATLAS is a modern detector for elementary particles located are CERN. It allows to trace particles that are generated at proton collisions at the LHC. This package allows you to understand the fundamental principles of the detector. The main document consists of worksheets, videos, a...

Do-it-yourself cloud chamber

The cloud chamber is one of the oldest detectors for elementary particles. A simple type of a cloud chamber can be built with materials that are easy to purchase. This instruction shows how to build a cloud chamber and gives information on the traces left by particles as well as the particles...

Elementary Particle Package

The Standard Model of particle physics describes the elementary particles and their interactions. This package contains a set of cards that can be used in physics lessons or Particle Physics Masterclasses to introduce, explain and repeat the different particles. One set consists of 12 Cards of...

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Il y a 8 cartes postales en tout. Chacune comporte au recto un dessin de Lison Bernet (http://lisonbernet.illustrateur.org,
http://lisonbernet.ultra-book.com) et au verso un petit texte...

Hangout with CERN (Wednesdays at 17:00 CET)

Buried 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to high energies and then collides them in four different underground halls. Inside...

Students attending Researcher Night Masterclass at ATLAS

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

This presentation was given at the 1st World Conference on Physics Education (WCPE) in Istanbul (Turkey) in July 2012. We describe the methodology employed for the IPPOG International Masterclasses, summarizing the hands-on activities physics analyses. We discuss the results of the evaluations...

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Cards represent the elementary fermions and bosons. Each particle has its own card which displays some information about its properties: electric charge, mass, lifetime, sensitivity to the weak and strong interactions. The game rules are those chosen by Nature (with some simplification when...

Students are given sheets with images of nearly 2-dimensional dimuon events from ATLAS and CMS. They use vector addition, conservation laws, and a little relativity to calculate the mass of the Z boson. In a classroom, students are encouraged to combine results to find a consensus value of the Z...

 

ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb interviews colleague Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS spokesperson. In this interview, Gianotti describes in simple terms the complexity of ATLAS construction and what it is designed to do. Topics covered include the numbers in the ATLAS collaboration, detector...

The physics slam derives from the Chicago (USA)-born tradition of poetry slams, in which poets read their work and judges determine the favorite reading of the night. In this case it is the physicists who are in the spotlight!
 
Each willing "slammer" or "science-entertainer" spends...

This 2 sided A4 brochure was originally produced to present at the October 2011 ICATPP Conference held in Lake Como, Italy. The brochure gives an overview of what IPPOG is and does, how it can help others, how others can help IPPOG, and gives 2 examples of IPPOG's core activities: International...

This project was conducted jointly by CERN and 20 primary school classes from the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland in June 2010. The six-month project had the goal of educating schoolchildren about the profession of research scientist and the world of research. Some 400...

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The book is for any scientist wishing to effectively present her or his work and thoroughly engage audiences when speaking to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. It gives straight-talking practical advice right down to the level of where to place the microphone, how to use a laser...

In 2009 twelve high school students won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's "Best of Category" Award. The prize? A trip to Geneva, Switzerland to explore CERN. This short film made by one of the student winners, Eliza McNitt, documents these young scientists' experiences on...

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A CD of Music composed and performed by members of the ATLAS collaboration.
In 2008 to celebrate completion of the detector, musicians within the ATLAS collaboration gave several high quality performances to enthusiastic audiences. Following this success, the idea for an ATLAS musical cd...

Begun in 1998, this U.S.-based program provides opportunities for teachers to learn about and contribute to particle physics experiments and share what they learn with their students. This collaboration has yielded a variety of online instructional resources including raw datasets and derivative...

Even well known decision makers with good intensions who support the idea of particle physics need help in understanding what particle physics is really about.  Bill Clinton, former president of the USA, gave an hour long interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in early 2011...

The ATLAS collaboration held a multi-media contest in 2010 to produce short explanatory videos for young audiences on topics related to the ATLAS experiment and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. All videos were submitted by persons not affiliated with ATLAS or CERN.
 
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‘Colliding Particles’ is a series of films following just one of the teams of physicists involved in the research at the LHC. The project documents their work at the frontiers of particle physics, exploring the human stories behind the research and investigating the workings of the scientific...

Learning with ATLAS is an on-line science education and outreach "portal," a virtual experimental laboratory for students, teachers and science museum visitors. This portal was developed by a consortium of 11 members (see below). The aim is to improve science instruction by expanding the...

An imaginative blend of education and entertainment, SCI-FUN is a science "roadshow" that visits 50-60 schools each year throughout Scotland. It helps teachers to encourage young people to continue studying science and technology subjects beyond S2.
Approximately 10,000 pupils take part in...

Partners of the initiative are the member institutes of the section for Nuclear and Particle Physics (FAKT) of the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG).
 
Besides coordinating the various outreach activities at the institutes, it also organizes outreach events on a national Austrian level...

An on-line "virtual theme park" offering a range of games, multimedia applications and films to bring the excitement of CERN's research to a young audience aged between 7 and 12. CERNland is designed to show children what we do at CERN and inspire them with some physics at the same time. Kids do...

Portal to the Public began in 2007 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. It is a proven, scalable guiding framework for Informal Science Educators to engage scientists and public audiences in face-to-face interactions that promote appreciation and understanding of current scientific...

SEP was set up in 1998, by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. They develop high-quality but affordable equipment and publications in the United Kingdom- including booklets, CD-ROMs, interactive web-based projects and worksheets - all aimed at encouraging practical work in the classroom. Their...

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