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The first edition of the High Energy Physics School in Egypt supported by EENP2

 
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The 4th  School of  High Energy Physics was held at the guest house of Ain Shams University in Egypt (ASU) from 26 April to 1st May 2014.  A special students’ training session for practicing most advanced data analysis software was also held at the British University in Egypt (BUE) from 3 May to 5 May 2014. This annual school on high-energy physics was organized under the auspices of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT, Egypt), the Egypt  Network for High Energy Physics (ENHEP), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). The school was primarily conceived as part of the dissemination programme  of the Egypt Europe Network for Particle Physics  (EENP2) which has the  important mission of  knowledge transfer and training of  young Egyptian scientists in the field of high energy physics and related technologies. More than 100 applications were submitted for participation, among which 60 students were selected from different nationalities, such as Egypt, Sudan, Algeria.

An intense programme of lectures was accomplished spanning from the most recent theoretical models (Standard Model and Super Symmetric models) to recent experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider operation at CERN. Emphasis was also given to experimental methods for data analysis and related technologies for particle detection and advanced GRID computing. A survey of possible applications of particle physics methods and instruments for health and environmental domains was finally discussed.

The lectures were held by the most qualifies Egyptian researchers and by European experts from outstanding research institutions.

In order to stimulate active participation,  special  sessions were foreseen where students could present and discuss their work.

Surprisingly, 14 oral presentations and 4 posters were submitted and discussed. The two most interesting presentations were awarded a special price consisting in a one month stage to Europe to join research activities in the CMS experiment.

The school was successful in attracting and stimulating Egyptian students  to continue their formation and to build bridges toward Europe or high education completion and active participation to research activities and experience.

The intense participation  of the students with numerous questions during the lectures and fascinating off line discussions has confirmed the validity of such approach for developing new knowledge and training new scientists to compete at international level. Although Egypt is facing difficult circumstances, the school  has  proved that scientific climate in Egypt retains its efficiency stronger than before.

Many appreciations  go to the local organizing committee who has taken care efficiently of all minor details and made possible a smooth and  pleasant running of the school in the special atmosphere of Cairo.

 

 The  School Open Session & Souvenir photo of all the participants

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