Friends, BBQs and the Universe

By Joshua Beirer

As a physicist in my early career, I felt incredibly happy when I was informed last March that I was selected as a future participant of the highly selective and renowned Summer Student Programme at CERN. At that time, I already had worked within the ATLAS Collaboration for the scope of my Bachelor’s thesis, but I had never actually worked in situ.

The best of my CERN Summer Student's experience

By Gaia Grosso

My name is Gaia and I have joined the CMS collaboration for three months as Summer Student at CERN. I completed my Bachelor in Physics in 2017 at the University of Padua and I am now attending a Master in Physics at the same institution. I had a great opportunity to take part in research work related to the use of machine learning to develop new statistical tools for detecting signals in particle physics.

An Incredible Summer at CERN

by Kathryn Coldham

This summer, I had the extraordinary opportunity of being a CERN Summer Student. I was ecstatic when my CERN Summer School application had been accepted; I could not wait to contribute to cutting-edge research, attend the world-class Summer Student lectures, visit various CERN sites and meet people from around the world!

For the placement I worked alongside CERN intern Agustina Quesada, supervised by Dave Barney, EP-CMX group leader.  

Big Bang video wins international competition

A stop motion animation video on the Big Bang theory, created by pupils of the 3rd Primary School of Chios, Greece, under the guidance of primary teacher Despoina Armenaki (pictured below) has won an international competition on creating an educational video on astronomy. The competition was held by the OAD project "Looking …Up! Astronomy for ALL". The project aims to promote inclusive astronomy education. A total of 46 entries were received from six countries around the world.

A summer of open data

This is a guest post by Henna Silvennoinen, Mira Tengvall and Edith Villegas Garcia, who spent their summer at CERN, working on CMS Open Data.


The signs are in the air. And they couldn’t be more obvious. People wandering in tunnels, long queues in the canteen after the morning lectures, the local supermarket’s parking lot crowded with white bikes that have blue stickers on them…

Summer has arrived at CERN – and so have hundreds of students like us!

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