The CERN Summer Student Programme is an annual event that takes place during the months of July and August at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. The participants of this programme enjoy lectures from world-class scientists, as well as the opportunity to work alongside research teams at CERN. Additionally, participation in this programme is a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with peers.
Since 2013, students from Latvia have had the opportunity to participate in the CERN Summer Students Programme. Typically, one or two students from Latvia are selected and enjoy being integrated in a research team at CERN. These are usually students undertaking a master’s degree studies in physics, engineering or computer science.
Travel and accommodation expenses for the selected students are covered jointly by CERN and Latvian funding. Selection of the students to be given the opportunity to participate in the CERN Summer Students Programme is done jointly by the representatives of the RTU Centre of High-Energy Physics and the home institutions of the applicants.
Besides this programme, there are other education and outreach activities available at CERN.
The Baltic school of High-Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies is an annual summer school taking place in one of the three Baltic states. It is organised by the CERN Baltic Group. It is a one-to-two week long summer school aimed at the early-year doctoral and graduate master’s students.
The school provides lectures and discussion sessions on QFT, QED, QCD, SM and BSM physics, detector and accelerator technologies, experimental methods and, crucially, precision physics at the LHC. It has already been endorsed by prominent lecturers, such as John Ellis, Yury Dokshitser, Maurizio Vretnar and Matteo Cacciari. This school is the first such event in the Baltic states, and will play a huge and invaluable role in developing the high-energy physics community in the region.
The inaugural event was planned to be hosted by RTU at camping «Ronīši» in Klapkalnciems, Latvia. Unfortunately, due to the global health emergency that emerged in 2020, this event was cancelled. Planning for the 2021 edition, however, has already begun.
Information regarding the Baltic School of High-Energy Physics and Accelerator Technologies 2021 will follow in due course.