Jul 22 – 29, 2015
Europe/Vienna timezone

IPPOG: Experts in bringing new discoveries to the public

Jul 25, 2015, 12:40 PM


talk Education and Outreach Education and Outreach


Michael Kobel (Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE))


IPPOG (the International Particle Physics Outreach Group) is a network of particle physicists and communicators with contacts all across Europe and beyond. In the last 10 years members of IPPOG have developed a wealth of tools which enable the public and especially young high school students from an age of 16 years onwards to perform own data analysis on real scientific data from the LHC. In addition IPPOG is also instrumental in fostering other innovative methods for providing the public with access to cutting edge research of particle physics as well as astroparticle physics. Several programs for high school students and teachers are organized by members of IPPOG, aiming at sharing the excitement of particle and astroparticle physics research. IPPOG together with related networks like the teacher program QuarkNet in U.S., and the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt in Germany have successfully solved three related challenges: 1) What is needed to prepare research data in a way that young people grasp the aims and methods of research? 2) What is needed to follow in (nearly) real time the progress of scientific research? 3) How can one-day efforts like international masterclasses or international cosmic days be complemented by sustainable context material, like the IPPOG resources database, the Quarknet e-lab, or the school-tailored material resort of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt?

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Michael Kobel (Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE))

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