International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes
United Kingdom

Institue for Particle Physics Phenomenology


Institue for Particle Physics Phenomenology
Address Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics
Department of Physics
University of Durham
Science Laboratories
South Rd
Phone +44 (0) 191 334 3811
e-Mail Dr. Jessica Turner
Research & Teaching

Durham University hosts the UK’s national centre of particle physics, the Institute of Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP). The Institute is home to researchers who investigate the intricate interplay between experimental data and theoretical frameworks in elementary particle physics. As one of the largest phenomenology groups worldwide, boasting a membership exceeding 50, we are at the forefront of this field.

Our research activities span a broad spectrum, ranging from the interpretation of data generated by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to the exploration of topics such as neutrino physics and dark matter. Since its establishment in 2000, IPPP scientists have collectively authored over 1,100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, amassing more than 100,000 citations.

Within our physics department, an extensive selection of physics courses is available, with many of the undergraduate theory courses being instructed by IPPP staff. Furthermore, in collaboration with our mathematics department, we offer a postgraduate MSc/PhD program in particle physics, featuring a diverse array of specialised lectures exclusively delivered by experts in their respective fields.

IPPP is actively involved in a wide range of outreach initiatives, continually expanding and evolving out list of engagements.

Our primary objective is to connect with students, as we firmly believe in bridging the gap between young minds and the fascinating world of fundamental science. To this end, we regularly visit schools, aiming to inspire and educate the next generation.

One impactful initiative we joined is “Celebrate Science”, an annual three-day science festival dedicated to sharing Durham University’s latest research to our local community. In 2023 we participated in the “Pint of Science” event in Durham, and we are committed to doing so again next year. It’s worth of mentioning that “Pint of Science” events take place in approximately 100 cities across 12 countries on five continents.

In 2017, we had the privilege of being selected from a pool of around 100 applicants to participate in the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London. This exhibition attracts over 14000 visitors each year, including 2000 school students, and it receives extensive coverage on TV, in the media and online. Our contribution, titled “Modeling the Universe”, spotlights the crucial role of simulations in contemporary particle physics research. It also elucidates some of the fundamental principles through interactive games. The exhibits were also showcased at the 2017 “Celebrate Science” festival, drawing the attention of approximately 8500 attendees.

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