April 22, 2024 to June 22, 2024
Europe/London timezone

This series of online lectures started in 2022, with the intention to support UK PhD student training in instrumentation, along with continued development of postdocs and beyond. At present, it is geared towards the needs of the silicon/semiconductor community, and arose from internal UK community discussions which took place during 2021. In 2023, participation was opened beyond the UK to the international community in the hopes that it could prove useful.

The courses focus on the background knowledge involved in silicon detector development, from solid-state theory to electronics and remote software tutorials. Lectures are grouped into the following themes:

  • Semiconductor Theory
  • Electronics and DAQ
  • Mechanics and cooling
  • Fabrication and structures
  • Experimental techniques
  • TCAD electric field and transport simulations
  • Software tools
  • Short topics

Each lecture course consists of ~8 one-hour lectures, with lectures grouped into two 4-hour slots each week.

For the 2024 iteration, lectures will be run on:

  • Tuesday afternoons 13:00 - 17:00 BST
  • Friday mornings 9:00 - 13:00 BST

in the weeks April 22 - June 10 inclusive.

Registration is open to everyone, and attendance is not enforced. Attending a subset of courses is entirely acceptable. The courses are run as a community effort on a voluntary basis by UK-based lecturers, but feedback on the layout and topics will be welcome with the aim of future improvements.

Registration is required in order to provide zoom connection details and send updates to the timetable in the event that lectures have to be rescheduled.

This year there will be a hands-on residential summer school which builds upon the material presented in the online lectures. This is scheduled for the first two weeks of July at the University of Oxford. More details can be founds at:


Steering committee members:

  • University of Birmingham - Karol Krizka
  • University of Bristol - Jaap Velthuis
  • University of Cambridge - Bart Hommels
  • University of Glasgow - Kenny Wraight
  • University of Edinburgh - Andrzej Szelc
  • Imperial College London - Alex Tapper
  • University of Lancaster - Lingxin Meng
  • University of Liverpool - Jon Taylor
  • University of Manchester - Alexander Oh
  • University of Oxford - Daniel Hynds (Chair)
  • Queen Mary University of London - Peter Hobson
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory - Giulio Villani
  • University of Warwick - Karolos Potamianos

Link to 2023 programme
Link to 2022 programme

Registration for this event is currently open.