Just went straight from the IPPOG (International Particle Physics Outreach Group) meeting in Pisa to CERN last weekend. In Pisa we had, once again, plenty of discussions about outreach in particle physics, International Masterclasses, exhibits and other related subjects. We also had a very nice visit and tour of the EGO Virgo site as part of the programme. Obviously, the funny tower was part of the programme as well. Since Sunday I am at CERN for the ATLAS physics and performance week and again lots of meetings on outreach and redoing the ATLAS Visitors Centre.
As of today I officially have the pleasure of being the new ATLAS Outreach co-coordinator. After my election back in October and a steady ramp up in past few weeks/months, I am now officially taking on the role and will be doing it for at least the following two years.
I started doing particle physics outreach already during my masters degree back in 2006 and took part in and/or organised a variety of outreach activities over the past twelve years. From Open Day events, Q’n’A brunches, school lectures and science slams to being a CERN Guide, hosting workshops at science festivals and organising social media events. Obviously, the ATLAS LEGO model – which also marked the beginning of my involvement in the ATLAS Outreach team – as well as the creation of the ‘Build Your Own Particle Detector‘ programme were, and still are, a great experience.
It’s going to be exciting times and I look forward to working on all the different aspects of ATLAS Outreach. From our communication and education programmes, to activities at and around CERN as well as getting ATLAS institutes and members involved in what we do, both for ATLAS and at their home institutes. In addition there’s some nice ideas/projects in the pipeline for these two year, so stay tuned.
And yes, if you are an ATLAS member and not doing any outreach yet, please get in touch!
And if you are doing it, please still get in touch, we wanna know about it!
Just returned from my first IPPOG (International Particle Physics Outreach Group) meeting at CERN. Two and a half days of discussions and talks about outreach in particle physics, a visit to CERN IdeaSquare, and celebrating IPPOG’s (more or less) twentieth birthday.
Just left the closing session of this year’s outside ATLAS Overview Week 2017 which took place in Bratislava, Slovakia. Besides the usual physics, detector and performances updates, we had our internal ATLAS25 celebration party on Thursday.
From the outreach side we presented and got people involved in various activities and presented some really nice videos documenting the past 25 years during the celebration.
Obviously there was also some (though not much) time to see the city, the castle, the Most SNP and to escape from the clutches of a corrupt policeman.
Last but not least, the ATLAS collaboration board just granted me the honour to be the next outreach co-coordinator, starting next March :)
Today we finally got to celebrate ATLAS’ 25th anniversary.
After many meetings, lots of preparation and with a great team, we managed to publish six very nice, short videos about various aspects of the ATLAS experiment and collaboration on Facebook live. Already by now, we got about 4000 views on these videos.
Luckily we also had some time for a beautiful and tasty ATLAS-CMS birthday chocolate cake in between.