Physics Without Frontiers

Worldwide physics outreach



Physics Without Frontiers has been working with Kabul University, Afghanistan, since 2018, led by Kate Shaw (ICTP staff scientist), Baktash Amini (professor at Kabul University, and PWF coordinator for Afghanistan) and Bobby Acharya (ICTP staff scientist). Through Kabul University a physics network was set up with other universities across the country.

The partnership is intended to support the aim of the physics department to improve their physics curriculum and in time develop research and grow the scientific capacity of the country. Students and faculty are provided with advanced training and further study opportunities abroad.

Our aims are:

  1. To organise annual intensive physics schools for physics students from universities throughout the country, providing motivation, advanced training in particle physics, analysis techniques, computing skills, and networking. See details of the 2018 and 2019 schools below. 2020 and 2021 were postponed.
  2. To support students and faculty with further study. PWF are collaborating with two faculty members at Kabul University for the topic for their masters thesis. And PWF have partnered with IASBS in Iran, to offer annual joint scholarships for 2 years for a MSc taught program with master thesis. Since 2019 20 students have received full scholarships. Read more here and download the poster.
  3. To support faculty with new advanced courses. PWF volunteers have been working with Kabul University physics department to develop their undergraduate curriculum and in time develop a masters programme.
  4. To facilitate international collaborations and networks. Through the various PWF activities scientists are working with the Kabul University and Afghanistan to build international collaboration and networks such as with CERN.

 Below gives an overview of the 2018 and 2019 physics schools.

2019: School on Theoretical and Experimental concepts in High Energy Physics (HEP).

A four-day school on HEP was organised in April 2019 with 100 registered participants. Lectures, hands-on sessions, problem classes and discussion sessions will be presented by Marco Celoria (ICTP), Fawad Hassan (Stockholm University), Zainab Nazari (Boğaziçi University and ICTP), and Kate Shaw (ICTP and University of Sussex) in liaison with Baktash Amini (University of Kabul) who is the ICTP PWF Coordinator for Afghanistan.

The agenda for the workshop can be found here.


Afghanistan Poster


2018: High Energy Physics (HEP) Workshop, Kabul University, Afghanistan.

The HEP workshop had over 300 participants from different universities in the region. This first workshop made first links to the department and the faculy members, and was designed to introduce HEP and research topics to the participants, and career and opportunities session was given. 

An outreach day accompanied the program, where high school students came to a local science centre and receievd an interactive session about cosmology. After a tour around the science centre, local high school students also exhibited their inventions.

The agenda for the workshop can be found here. Read the ICTP News item here.

Speakers: Kate Shaw (ICTP), Encieh Arfani (Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences),

Guest Speaker: Wakil Sarfaraz (University of Sussex)

PWF Afghanistan Coordinator: Baktash Amini (University of Kabul)

Local Organising Team: Ahmad Sajad Nazari (University of Kabul), Jawad Ahmadi (University of Kabul)



Baktash Amini

























Baktash Amini, Coordinator of Physics Without Frontiers Afghanistan Chapter.