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CERN Residential Programme for High School Physics Teachers

Since 1998, CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, has been organising a yearly 3-week summer residential programme for high school physics teachers throughout the world. For its tenth edition, the programme will take place at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland from 1-21 July 2007. It will be an opportunity for physics teachers to meet, network, and update their knowledge of particle physics, its associated technologies and related subjects. It also aims at providing teachers with the newest trends and directions of research in the area of physics.

Aim of the CERN programme

The purpose of this 3-week residential programme is multiple:
- To promote the teaching of physics and, in particular of particle physics, in high schools
- To promote the exchange of knowledge and experience among teachers of different nationalities
- To expose teachers to the world of research
- To stimulate activities related to the popularisation of physics within and beyond the classroom
- To help CERN establish closer links with European schools
- To encourage the cooperation between CERN and existing programs sponsored by the European Union in the area of scientific education.

The programme will include several aspects ranging from a historical overview of particle physics, its medical applications, particle detection, cosmology, introduction to accelerators and astroparticle physics.
Click here to see the details of the 2007 programme.

It is open to physics high school teachers from all CERN member and observer States, as well as from other countries subject to funding availability.
Please note that all applicants should have a good working knowledge of English, some basic computing skills and are committed to attend the whole programme.

Financial support
Financial support will be provided to participants. The support will cover up to 2,000 CHF for living expenses, and up to 500 CHF for travel costs.

To apply for the 3-week residential programme, you must register via the CERN e-Recruitment system.
Please note that the application process will close on 15 March 2007.

Information and contact
For further information and help, please:
- visit the website
- or contact Mick Storr, Programme Coordinator.

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