Physics Without Frontiers

Worldwide physics outreach

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South American Wide HEP programme

High Energy Physics (HEP) is a growing research field in Latin-America. The level of involvement changes from country to country. Some play very active roles in international HEP collaborations such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, while in others the efforts are at initial stages such as Venezuela and Uruguay. The common denominator is a huge potential and interests from young students and researchers.

In order to support the efforts and help building connections across countries the Physics Without Frontiers (PWF) Latin American team organized roadshows annually in selected Latin-American countries since 2016. The three project coordinators for the Latin-American region Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS), Arturo Sanchez (Università d’Udine/ICTP) and Carlos Sandoval (Universidad Antonio Nariño), have spent between two and three weeks per year in different countries and visited several universities, promoting particle physics , encouraging young students to pursue a career in science and facilitatinginternational collaborations and networks with ICTP, CERN and with other countries in Latin-America.

Several educational activities are held during the roadshows including seminars by HEP physicists, hands on sessions where the students worked with LHC data collected by the ATLAS experiment, virtual visits hosted by scientists working at CERN and career and opportunities sessions in HEP. During these activities physics undergraduate and master students are introduced to cutting-edge research and tools used in HEP. The ATLAS Open Data project has been fundamental to achieve these goals as one of our main educational tools. As part of its commitment to open access and public engagement the ATLAS experiment has made available a large dataset to the public for the first time in 2016 and during the roadshows we have had over 60 people attending each programming and open data access tutorials as well as the seminar organised. In addition numerous outreach activities also take place during the roadshows engaging local schools, the general public and local funding agencies. 

The roadshows have been  supported/co-sponsored by the ATLAS experiment, the CEVALE2VE group and the local institutions/universities.  

2019: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela

In August and September 2019, the ICTP Physics Without FrontiersSouth America team membersvisited five countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.  Top: ATLAS open data workshops and public talks in Peru; bottom: Seminars and talks at the physicsdepartment in the USFQ

  • Bogota:Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN), Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, MALOKA  Museo Interactivo
  • Cali:Universidad del Valle (UniValle)
  • Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Yachay Tech, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH)
  • Caracas:Universidad Central de Venezuela(UCV) and Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB)
  • Merida:Universidad de los Andes (ULA), Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía (CIDA)
  • Lima:Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI)
  • Lambayeque:Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo (UNPRG)
  • Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba (ITO)

Project coordinators:Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS), Arturo Sanchez (Università d’Udine/ICTP) and Carlos Sandoval (Universidad Antonio Nariño), Kate Shaw (ICTP)

Local coordinators: Hernan Ocampo and Cesar Valenzuela (UniValle), Edgar Carrera and Dennis Cazar (USFQ), Carlos Sandoval (UAN), Javier Solano (UNI), Teofilo Vargas (UNMSM), Luis Nuñez (UIS), Gabriela Navarro (UAN), , Jose Antonio Lopez (UCV), Brandon Chacon (ULA), Hector Hernández (ULA), Diana Exzacarías (ITO)

External collaborators: Iskya García (UCV), Camila Rangel (The Alan Turing Institute), Ariadna Blanca (NewDay), Juan A. Navarro (Google) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018: Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela

Read these blog about the 2018 project in Argentina and Uruguay

Project coordinators:Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS), Arturo Sanchez (Università d’Udine/ICTP) and Carlos Sandoval (Universidad Antonio Nariño), Kate Shaw (ICTP)

Local coordinators: Tere Dova, Hernan Wahlberg (UNLP), Gabriel Gonzalez (UR), Delma Rodriguez (Anilla Cultural), Luis Nuñez (UIS), Jose Antonio Lopez (UCV), Jorge Stephany (USB).


 

 

 

 

 

 

2017: Colombia, Peru and Venezuela

During the 2017 roadshow 4 cities and 8 institutions were visited in october 2017, adding this time also Peru to the list of countries. Upper left: public seminar in Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and UNI; upper right: ATLAS Open Data workshop at CIDA; bottom left: particle physics masterclass Instituto APOYO; bottom right: particle physics masterclass at UCV and USB.

A photo essay about the 2017 project is here

  • Bogota:Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) and Expociencia 2017
  • Cuzco:Universidad Nacional de San Antonio de Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC)
  • Lima:Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI), Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL) 
  • Caracas:Universidad Central de Venezuela(UCV) and Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB)
  • Merida:Universidad de los Andes (ULA)

 Project coordinators:Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS), Arturo Sanchez (Università d’Udine/ICTP) and Carlos Sandoval (Universidad Antonio Nariño), Kate Shaw (ICTP).

Local coordinators:Saadia Espinoza (Instituto APOYO), Cristian Rivera (UNMSM), Marco Zamalloa (UNSAAC), Jose Antonio Lopez (UCV), Jorge Stephany (USB).

   

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

2016: Colombia and Venezuela     

The first roadshow PWF South America took place in 2016. Five cities and 5 institutions were visited in Colombia and Venezuela. Read the blog about the 2016 project here

  • Bogota:Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN)
  • Bucaramanga:Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS)
  • Tunja:Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia (UPTC)
  • Caracas: Universidad Central de Venezuela(UCV) and Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB)
  • Merida:Universidad de los Andes (ULA)

Project coordinators:Reina Camacho Toro (CNRS), Arturo Sanchez (Università d’Udine/ICTP) and Carlos Sandoval (Universidad Antonio Nariño), Daniela Paredes (Yale University), Kate Shaw (ICTP)

Local coordinators: Diego Gallego (UPTC), Luis Nuñez (UIS), Jose Antonio Lopez (UCV), Jorge Stephany (USB), Hector Hernández (ULA), Alejandra Melfo (ULA).

 

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