CFP Hosts the 5th Egyptian School on High Energy Physics

The Center for Fundamental Physics (CFP) at Zewail City hosted the 5th Egyptian School on High Energy Physics during the period from November 14 to 19, 2015. The school aims at providing extensive courses on the basic topics of theoretical, computational and experimental particle physics for Egyptian and regional graduates.

“Zewail City has the national lead in the high energy physics field through our collaboration with CERN, and activities like this school are part of our endeavors to contribute to this field,” said Dr. Amr Mohamed, associate professor of physics at CFP and member of the school’s organizing committee. Mohamed highlighted the importance of the school as it tackles high energy physics which is the physics frontier nowadays.

Throughout the six-day school, international and national experts gave sessions on accelerator physics, astroparticle physics, cosmology, the standard model, symmetries in high energy physics, and data analysis in high energy physics instrumentation. The school also featured two public lectures given by Prof. John Ellis, Clerk Maxwell professor of theoretical physics at King’s College London, U.K.; and Prof. Albert De Roeck, professor of physics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

“The school’s computational and instrumental courses have provided me with valuable insights that will further help me with my postgraduate studies,” Said Yasmeen Emam, a postgraduate student at the Faculty of Science, Helwan University. She added that attending lectures for renowned experts like Ellis and De Roeck enriched her school experience.

In addition to the school’s extensive program, participants were given the opportunity to contribute with 20-minute presentations related to the school’s topics. During the opening ceremony of the school, Prof. Shaaban Khalil, director of CFP and member of the school’s advisory committee, announced that the best two presenters will earn the chance to visit the Politecnico di Bari, Italy and the Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet École Polytechnique, France for one month each. The names of the prize winners are yet to be revealed during the final week of November 2015.

Khalill expressed his enthusiasm with the success the school has showed so far. He stated that the invited speakers and the school committee members were impressed with the academic level of the participants this year. “We selected only 20 participants to join the school. With this year’s solid program, raising the bar for high-caliber selection seemed inevitable,” Khalil explained.

The School on High Energy Physics is one of the annual activities organized under the auspices of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), the Egyptian Network for High Energy Physics (ENHEP), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). It was first held in 2009, with the mission to promote physics education in Egypt and help increase interest in physical sciences among Egyptian youth. Previous schools took place at the British University in Egypt (BUE), Ain Shams University, Cairo University, and Helwan University.