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International Masterclasses in Particle Physics

Organised by the Institute of Physics of Cantabria

The 17th edition of the International Masterclasses in Particle Physics took place on Monday 28 March from 9:00 to 17:00 at the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics of Cantabria

Audience profile: 

Cantabrian High school students.


This activity takes place in IFCA. It belongs to several educational journeys promote by International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG). Students come to IFCA, where some researchers teach them about particle physics and measure methodology.

Next, students proceed to make real measures from CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) helped by researchers.

Finally, youngsters participate in a videoconference where other students groups are developing the same activity.




It's possible to registrate by e-mail here adding this registration form previously filled in and signed.

Enquiries: it's possible to send an e-mail to this direction: to contact us or by calling 942 201 453.

*The number of applications will be limited to 3 students per school. If you have more interested students, please let us know when you send in your application so that we can add them to the waiting list.


Every year, more than 13,000 secondary school students from 52 countries come to one of the 215 universities or research centres participating in the "International Masterclasses - Hands on Particle Physics". Their aim: to unveil the mysteries of particle physics. This initiative allows students to spend a day analysing data from real experiments carried out with the world's largest particle accelerator, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), becoming particle physicists for a day. They also get to know the university or a nearby research centre in their city, in our case the IFCA, and during the day they learn new concepts of great interest in particle physics, and they make contact with students from other research centres and European students. Naturally, the method is always adjusted to the students' knowledge, so that it is accessible and fun for them.

The Master Classes are given by active research staff who provide the necessary insight into fundamental topics of matter and forces, and basic research methods. They also provide the tools to perform the measurements with the LHC data. And at the end of the day, as in the international collaborations, students join a videoconference to share and discuss their results.

"International Masterclasses - Hands on Particle Physics" is an activity coordinated by IPPOG, an international group specialised in the dissemination of particle physics. It takes place in different Spanish research centres, including IFCA. 

  • Joint Centre with the combined effort of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC)

    Instituto de Física de Cantabria
    Edificio Juan Jordá
    Avenida de los Castros, s/n
    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, Spain

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