This page provides an overview of all news, events and publications in the fields of mathematics, astronomy and physics in Switzerland.
The power of positive role models: A successful first edition of the “Women in Physics Career Symposium” connected women in physics at various career stages to help retain early career researchers in physics. The journey to gender equality in physics in Switzerland will continue next year.Image: Paul Scherrer Institute/ Marc Janoschek
The Prix Schläfli, one of the longest-running science prizes in Switzerland (since 1866), is awarded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) to young scientists for excellent articles resulting from PhDs.Image: SCNAT
Actually, the approximately 350 participants of the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) were supposed to meet in Belarus this year, but everything changed because of the Ukraine war.Image: Physik-Olympiade
After three years of a scheduled break, the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN is back at full throttle, accelerating particle beams at record energies and since 5 July 2022 producing first collisions for physics analyses. Institutes from all over Switzerland have contributed to the upgrading of the enormous particle physics complex and scientists are keen to their hands on the new data it will produce in its new run.Image: Brice, Maximilien CERN
Every year, the best young physicists in the world compete in the International Physics Olympiad. This year, it was supposed to be organised in Belarus, but everything changed because of the Ukraine war. Instead, the competition will now take place online from 10 to 18 July. The last-minute initiative of committed Swiss volunteers made it possible.Image: Schweizer Physik-Olympiade
This year, the International Math Union awarded the prestigious Fields Medal to four researchers. Among them are Maryna Viazosvska from EPFL and Hugo Duminil-Copin from the University of Geneva.Image: International Math Union, Matteo Fieni
Ten years ago, on 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations cautiously announced the discovery of a particle “consistent with the Higgs boson” at CERN. In the end it turned out to *be* the Higgs boson, the particle that had been predicted by theorists nearly forty years earlier. What was it like to witness the announcement of one of the discoveries of the century? And what have we learned about the mysterious Higgs in the ten years since?Image: FERMILAB
At the finals of the national "Schweizer Jugend forscht" competition, 125 young people presented their work. Among them were impressive projects from the fields of mathematics, astronomy and physics.
EPFL graduate Guillaume Pietrzyk wins CHIPP PhD prizeImage: Gaëlle Khreich IJCLab
In Switzerland, gravitational waves go a long way. Not only were they predicted by Albert Einstein in his famous general theory of relativity; Swiss researchers have been involved in attempts to detect gravitational waves from the very beginning and are keen to lend their expertise, including from particle physics, to future projects as well. Here’s an update about the current state of research…Image: Bild: R. Williams (STScI), Hubble Deep Field Team und NASA
Physics at fundamental Symmetries and Interactions PSI2022
The workshop focuses on the physics at the low energy, high precision frontier without neglecting complementary approaches. It aims at highlighting present activities and future developments. The Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) itself offers unique opportunities for experiments in this realm: it houses the world's most powerful proton cyclotron and the highest intensity low momentum pion and muon beams and the ultracold neutron source.
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