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

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





Who we are

Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis
Principal Physicist, CERN
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

Emmanuel Tsesmelis is an experimental particle physicist with a career spanning scientific research, academic teaching, science communication, international relations and management at CERN and at several universities. He is a Principal Physicist and Head of Associate Member and Non-Member State Relations in CERN’s International Relations Unit and a Visiting Professor in Particle and Accelerator Physics at the University of Oxford. He also serves as member on the National Council for Research and Innovation of Greece. He is an Honorary Member of the Hellenic Physical Society, an elected Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, and a supernumerary member of Jesus College, Oxford.

Professor Andrei Seryi
Professor in Oxford
Director of John Adams Institute.

Graduate of Novosibirsk State University, PhD from Budker INP. Worked at SLAC until 2010, where he led the design and first stages of implementation of FACET project, led the Beam Delivery efforts for linear collider. Deputy Spokesperson of ATF International Collaboration for ATF2 Project. Chairing or a member of a number of advisory committees. Taught at numerous accelerator schools. Contributed to developments of beam-beam compensation, electron cooling, beam-delivery system, stability of colliders and novel acceleration methods. Elected in 2008 as American Physical Society Fellow, “for his leadership in developing beam delivery systems for linear colliders and his contributions to the theory of ground motion, vibration, and feedback for accelerators and particularly linear colliders”.

Fran Day
DPhil student

Fran Day is a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford. Her research involves using X-ray telescope observations to search for signals from new particles. She is particularly interested in searching for dark matter and for potential signatures of string theory. She is also a stand-up comedian, and last August took her solo show Physics Fan Fiction to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dr Jenny Barnes
Isaac Physics Fellow

Dr Jenny Barnes is an Isaac Physics Fellow at Oxford Physics and leads the department’s Physics Access Programme. This involves teaching problem solving skills to A level students, often as part of taster days within the university. Jenny tutors a mixture of mathematics and physics to material science and physics undergraduates at The Queen’s College. She also gives undergraduate level lecture courses for the Materials department and as part of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Science (MPLS) bridging programme. Previously, Jenny spent 10 years researching optoelectronic devices in industry in addition to 6 years of research into quantum well solar cells as part of her PhD and post-doctoral research.

Dr. Suzie Sheehy
Accelerator physicist

Dr. Suzie Sheehy is an accelerator physicist at the University of Oxford and an award-winning science communicator and presenter. Within the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, she leads research into next generation high intensity hadron accelerators. She is interested in designing and understanding next generation particle accelerators for applications from cancer treatment to new energy sources.

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