APPEAL-8 - Misadventures Along the Path to Big Physics Discoveries

Date: 
8 Jul 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: 
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Audience: 
Teachers of physics

Stories of science are filled with eureka moments—from Archimedes’ bath to Newton’s apple—but the scientific method or procedure of discovery also includes false starts and mistakes that are essential to longer-term success. The scientific method is characterised by the systematic observation, measurement and experiment as well as the formulation, testing and modification of hypotheses – for which critical analysis and thinking form a central part of the process.

The University of Oxford is organising in collaboration with CERN a one-day school to give A-level teachers an opportunity to learn about the phenomena and scientific challenges which connect astrophysics, particle physics and the physics of particle accelerators. This school is designed for physics teachers who are not necessarily physics specialists. Preference will be given to teachers coming from schools which usually send very few pupils to University.

Teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about the scientific method in research and about some of its limitations and challenges. The school will address examples, such as faster-than-light neutrino, a heavy Higgs boson at 750 GeV/c^2 mass and dark matter. The school will include a panel discussion of distinguished scientists on the importance of the scientific method to discovery science.

This professional development event aims to:

  • provide ideas and experience relating to particle physics and related areas of science and technology;
  • increase confidence in delivering particle physics and accelerator science related curriculum;
  • consolidate and extend teachers' knowledge and expertise related to particle physics and accelerator science;
  • deliver up-to-date ‘next steps’ for study and careers related to particle physics and accelerator science;
  • provide opportunity to network with other teachers, researchers and Oxford admissions tutors.

Past APPEAL events (APPEAL-1, APPEAL-2, APPEAL-3, APPEAL-4, APPEAL-5, APPEAL-6 and APPEAL 7) were very successful and we are looking forward to a very interesting and thought-provoking event this year as well.

Teacher feedback from previous events:
"Many thanks again folks for yet another awesome CPD event"
"Thanks for organising what is one of the best CPD days available!"

The APPEAL-8 event will take place on Saturday, 8 July 2017 at the University of Oxford. To take part in this school please register before the Friday, 23 June 2017.

There are no registration fees for the teachers to participate in the event. The organisers are grateful for the support received from the following organisations:

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For more information contact: 

To sign up for the event, please register your details here: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/my-forms/appeal-8-registration

Please email schools.liaison@physics.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Timetable information will be updated here and we will send a finalised copy in the lead up to the event: https://indico.cern.ch/event/613680/page/9634-home