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
Fax +44 (0) 191 334 3658
e-Mail Professor Alexander Lenz
Research & Teaching

The IPPP (Durham University) is UK's national institute for particle physics phenomenology - the interplay between experiment and theory in elementary particle physics. With more than 90 members we are one of the biggest groups in that field world-wide. Our research activities spread from interpreting the data obtained by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to understanding neutrino physics or Dark matter searches. IPPP scientists have authored more than a 1,100 papers in peer-reviewed journals since its founding in 2000 - accumulating more than 100,000 citations.

Our physics department offers a wide range of physics courses, many of the undergraduate theory courses are
taught by IPPP staff. In addition we run in collaboration with our mathematics department a post-graduate MSc/PhD programme for particle physics, with a very wide range of specialised lectures, taught exclusively by experts in the corresponding fields.

IPPP is engaged in a wide range of outreach activities.

They include short visits to schools and local activities such as the organization of the “Saturday Morning Physics” series of public talks. In 2017 we took part in the first “Pint of Science” event in Durham. The 2017 edition of Pint of Science took place in approximately 100 cities in 12 countries across 5 continents. We presented a general talk on the physics programme of the LHC, possible spin-offs and gauged the costs of building and running the LHC to be 2£ per year per UK inhabitant!

We were also chosen among roughly 100 applicants to take part in the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London in July 2017. Each year over 14,000 members of the public, including 2,000 school students, visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online. IPPP’s contribution, named "Modelling the Invisible", highlights the importance of simulations for modern particle physics research and explains some of the underlying principles through interactive games. The exhibits were also shown at Durham’s Celebrate Science school festival with about 8500 people attending.

More information about outreach can be found in the links below.
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