Minutes of the 15th Outreach Meeting CERN 29-30 October 2004
Austria Belgium CERN CERN CERN CERN-ALICE CERN-CMS Czech Republic Denmark Finland Germany Germany-DESY Greece Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Slovak Republic Spain Sweden-ATLAS L. Widhalm J. Govaerts M. Draper J. Gillies R. Landua D. Hatzifotiadou D. Barney J. Rames R. Moller R. Rinta-Filppula M. Kobel P. Folkerts N. Tracas C. Migali H. Tiecke K. Pajchel J. Szabelski P. Abreu P. Murin M-A. Sanchis-Lozano E. Johansson (Chairman)
CERN CERN R. Aymar J. Engelen
H. Arpad, L. Bugge, F. Close, Y. Foka, B. Gallavotti, J. Grygar, R. Jacobsson, C. Jarlskog, E. Lillestol, A. Nogova, Y. Sacquin, G. Snow, J. Turnau.
E. Johansson welcomed everyone, especially J. Szabelski who is replacing J. Turnau at this meeting, D. Hatzifotiadou replacing Y. Foka, C. Migali replacing B. Gallavotti, and L. Widhalm who now replaces C. Gottfried for Austria who has retired.
Introduction and matters arising
The email from Y. Sacquin (reference) should be discussed and there were also comments from H. Tiecke on the minutes. As there were no comments on the agenda, it was approved. The minutes of the last meeting in Athens were also approved.
J. Gillies, CERN’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations
It had been a very busy year; the web site tells all. He thanked all those present for getting the message out to the media. In March the Swiss launched a CERN 50th postage stamp. There was a Big Bang Fireworks display at the Fetes de Genève On the 29th September, CERN‟s official birthday, the LHC ring was illuminated. 32,000 people came to the CERN Open Day and it was agreed to have been a great success. There were 900 CERN volunteers. Visitors came from Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK, but no detailed breakdown by country are available. The next Open Day will probably be in 2008 to inaugurate the LHC. On 19th October there was the official VIP Ceremony. CERN 50th souvenirs are available at the Reception Desk in Building 33 – ties, playing cards, etc. A new book about CERN is available in English and French. Italian and German editions are under discussion and the publishers are open to suggestions for other languages. 2000 copies were ordered and sold in one week. There has been enormous media interest this year - mainly from TV companies. Two films have been commissioned and will be available soon in English and French. They are not yet available in DVD/VHS. For the World Year of Physics http://www.wyp2005.org/ a cartoonist is preparing a cartoon book (Les vies d‟Einstein) http://sfp.in2p3.fr/Phy2005/ Some chapters are already finished. There are 4500 orders for the French version. CERN will do the English version. Delegates interested in sponsoring a version in another language should contact James.
EuroScience Open Forum, (Stockholm, 25-28 August 2004) was the first of its kind; a conference directed at educators, scientists, politicians, policy makers, the media and the general public. The aim was to highlight science in Europe (similar to AAAS in America). There were 1800 participants from 68 countries.
M. Kobel (Presentation)
Michael Kobel gave a summary of the ECFA/ELCSG session and exhibition at ESOF 2004. There were many journalists, but very few politicians, and representatives from industry were mainly there as exhibitors. There was a parallel ECFA Session “From Quarks to Galaxies” http://www.teilchenphysik.org/temp_aktuell_aktivitaeten_elcsg.htm. There was a lot of feedback but attendance was low (only 70-80 people). Maybe there were too many parallel sessions. This conference is not only for physicists. It is also for the public to discuss issues important to them. The ESOF Press Briefing (International Linear Collider Project:
Europe‟s vision for the future of particle physics) was well received and triggered some ESOF and ILC articles in the German press. The ECFA Exhibition „From cloud chambers to linear accelerators – tracking down the origin of matter‟ was situated in a nice hall but was separate from the conference. It was the most educative and „hands-on‟ exhibition at ESOF and those who came were very interested.
E. Johansson (Presentation)
A lot of the material (e.g. posters) prepared by ATLAS was used. The INFN travelling exhibition “Physics on the road” was shown in Stockholm and was very popular. Future activities include EPS13 in Bern next year and EPEC (European Physics Education Conference) in Bad Honnef which takes place a few weeks before the Bern event. EPEC is intended for teachers (university and school level). Please spread the information that these events are taking place. The cost of the Registration Fee will be 300 Euros, and would include food and lodging, but not social activities. Erik asked what EPOG could do at the Open Day of EPS 13 in Bern; mid-July 2005. The question of costs relating to mounting and transporting the Eiroforum Exhibition was raised and thought to be too expensive (20,000-30,000 CHF). Petra Folkerts mentioned that there had been no opening ceremony and no guided tour for journalists. It appears that when education conferences are organized in the UK they take place at universities and so admission costs are kept low. This makes it easier for people to participate. Erik Johansson also mentioned the First Education and Outreach Workshop in Aspen (http://www-ed.fnal.gov/aspen/) (transparencies). It was held from 28th June to 11th July and consisted of presentations and many informal discussions. There is a report on the web site.
R. Landua (Presentation)
Rolf Landua talked about the show called “The Ten Mysteries of the Universe”. The idea was to present frontier science in an original way to try to maintain the spectators‟ interest of for 75 minutes. The show combined elements of science and TV shows like “Top 10” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Rolf was accompanied by two other people. From feedback it seems that the dialogue with John Ellis was very stimulating. to the show will also be presented at the International School in Geneva but the number of mysteries will be reduced to five to make it a little easier.
J. Szabelski, Polish OR Activities (Presentation)
J. Szabelski presented 2 activities in Lodz:
The Roland Maze Project: School-based extensive air shower network (http://ipj.u.lodz.pl) Hands-on CERN events. At the Hands-on CERN events there were two groups of 40 students who had been pre-selected; they were 14-19 years old and this was the first time they had participated in such an event.
P. Murin. Slovakian OR Activities (Presentation)
Pavel Murin summarized the last 4-5 years experiences and spoke of the RECFA meeting in Bratislava on 1st October 2004 (H1 experiment and DESY). They wished to show the Slovakian public the advantages of their participation at CERN and DESY. The basis for communication is high-speed internet. An effective video conference network for academics in Slovakia is http://vrvs.org which has five virtual rooms, four VRVS reflectors and a local VRVS support and development team. They do remote teaching using this technology.
K. Pajchel, Oslo OR Activities (Presentation)
Katarina Pajchel gave a summary of what had been done since our last meeting. The Venus transit held on 8th June (2-day event) in a park in the centre of Oslo was very successful, especially the cloud chamber: http://www.cloudchambers.com They also participated in two events at “Research Days”, a national event, held from 17-26 September The Research Market Young Research At the “Research Market” there were hands-on activities for children. On the first day, Friday, it was for school children, and on the Saturday it was for families. The students came with their teachers and had to do some exercises while they were there. For the “Young Research” event they moved the CERN exhibition to the Library Hall at the University where it stayed for two weeks. It attracted a lot of people but worked better when there was someone there to explain it to the visitors. Improvements need to be made with respect to security, especially for the plasma screen. In addition there was no roof so they were at the risk from the elements. A postdoc student has made an ATLAS model (Samir.Ferrag@fys.uio.no). Copies can be ordered. Her whole group was involved in these two events – from master students to professors. Funding was received from the research council.
H. Tiecke, Activities in Holland (Presentation)
H. Tiecke spoke about HiSPARC & „The Community of Learners‟ http://www.hisparc.nl/english.php The 2004 Award from the Altran Foundation went to Bob van Eijk for his high-school project on Astrophysics Research with Cosmics. http://www.fondation-altran.org/DevSite/index.jsp
H. Tiecke suggested that EPOG members have a look at the site and maybe profit from it more. He also mentioned the Science Week in the Netherlands, 21-27 October, and the Open Day at NIKHEF, 23rd October, stressing that it is important to have someone present to explain things to visitors. The Open Day was a big success and, in particular, the new Cosmophone http://cosmophone.in2p3.fr/ (The copy used here cost about 15,000 Euros. The spark chamber that was reported on in Greece is now operational. He can put it into the back of his car and go to schools. The teachers talk to their students about it and he can demonstrate it. The costs were mainly the assembly and amounted to about 3,000-5,000 Euros. On the occasion of CERN50 there will be a symposium in Amsterdam on 5th November www.nikhef.nl/cern50jaar/
R. Aymar, CERN’S Director General
Erik Johansson welcome Robert Aymar, CERN‟S Director General and Jos Engelen, the Chief Scientific Officer. R. Aymar said that whatever EPOG tries to do, CERN will try to help. He wishes to support education as much as possible. CERN tries involve the European Union as much as possible for extra funding and have joined EIROFORUM with other major scientific International Organisations like ESO, ESA, ISREF, ELL Education is very important to him. The CERN travelling exhibition t is now out of date and needs about 500, 000 CHF to be fully refurbished for the LHC era. Closer to home, the Microcosm will be moved to the Globe and there will be other tools to help keep visitors‟ curiosity alive. CERN will support the EPOG meeting at CERN once a year but for meetings outside CERN local support should be sought and the local organizing committee should arrange for secretarial and logistical support. CERN will continue to support the EPOG web site. One area where EPOG could help is the area of educational projects involving teachers. EPOG delegates have connections in many different countries including teachers. Could CERN uses EPOG to tailor their educational projects to better fit the needs of teachers?
No decision has been taken re support of the Masterclasses (2500 students taking part, data from LEP, OPAL, DELPHI)as the DG had not been made aware of this effort. Riitta Rinta-Filppula was happy to hear that students could come to CERN to enhance their studies . CERN will take the responsibility of helping them to get here. The winner of national events will be offered lodging for 15 days/3 weeks.
After the Director General‟s visit there was a long discussion amongst EPOG delegates.
10. CERN’s 50th Anniversary
10.1. M-A. Sanchis-Lozano, Report from Spain (Presentation)
A lot of activities have already taken place or are foreseen in the main cities where there are working groups of particle physicists; Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Santiago, Granada, and Santander. For example, Ugo Amaldi was invited to Madrid and Valencia and gave excellent talks on cancer therapy and accelerators. There were several activities based on local speakers, e.g. In Valencia on the 21st October (Museo Principe Felipe). Short talks on different aspects of high-energy physics and technology applications of HEP were given. Prior to this event, Miguel went to high schools and gave introductory talks so that when the students came to the museum and had already heard about the main ideas of HEP. During this introductory talk, elementary explanations were given in an attempt to attract younger people (e.g. using as am example the Bruce Willis film “The 5th element”. The talks lasted for about 30 minutes followed by questions. Afterwards the students worked on problems for three and a half hours. The level of the talks was quite high. Contact was made with the schools via a liaison group between university teachers and high school teachers. Only 300 students could attend but those who couldn‟t come were offered the possibility of coming to our institute. Teachers were reached by email contact. The financial support was in the form of free buses. The exhibition was built by museum specialists based on ideas from researchers.
10.2. E. Johansson, Report from Sweden (Presentation)
There were several activities: A week of particle physics at the House of Science (11-15 October). There were 2-3 groups every day. In total 12-15 classes visited the laboratory. One day was devoted to teachers and 40-50 teachers attended. There was a birthday party at AlbaNova on 14th October. There were Open Days in Lund and Uppsala. The information material from ATLAS, etc. was very useful. The Swedish Research Council invited a handful of journalists to CERN who wrote reports in magazines and newspapers, and there were items on the radio.
10.3. Michael Kobel, Report from Germany (Presentation)
20 universities and institutes in 15 towns took part in events during October and November. A task force of five people helped design a poster, translated items from CERN‟s calendar, updated the DESY poster series from the Year of Physics, and made contacts with the press and TV. The German CERN50 Agenda can be found on www.teilchencontact physik.org (http://www.weltderphysik.de) There will be a prize for a student competition in Wuppertal, and a PH.D. degree of honour for S. Ting and C. Rubbia in Aachen on 22nd November.
Saturday 30th October 11. Notes from the discussion, R. Moller
In a follow up discussion about CERN‟s support for EPOG and our meeting with the DG on Friday, it became clear that we need an internal review of EPOG activities. This should summarize and evaluate EPOG‟s activities over the last few years, emphasizing activities that benefited from the joint effort and existence of the network. The purpose of the review is partly to clarify our role to ourselves and partly to provide a document that can be used to demonstrate our work to the outside world. The review should contain an executive summary. In order to provide some background for this, all members of EPOG should provide information to Erik Johansson and Dave Barney about activities in their country under the following headlines: Web activities Activities for high school teachers Activities for students Exhibitions and conferences Presence in the media (TV, newspapers, etc) Other issues It would also be interesting to have some indication of how well connected we are in our countries, how many do we reach etc. It would also be interesting to know about detectors and larger hands-on items for exhibitions and talks, such as spark chambers, detector models, CR detectors etc., preferably with details of construction and price.