CfA: Summer School: Particle Physics at the Crossroads: (University of Wuppertal, Deadline Extended: February 28, 2018)

Submitted by Florian Boge (University of Wuppertal).


Second Call for Applications
The Research Unit Epistemology of the LHC invites applications for the Summer School Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics taking place 23-30 July 2018 in Wuppertal (Germany).

Extended deadline: 28 February 2018


Confirmed speakers


John Ellis
Margarete Mühlleitner
Christian Zeitnitz


Rafaela Hillerbrand
Chris Smeenk 
Kent Staley


Friedrich Steinle 
Catherine Westfall


Olof Hallonsten
Martina Merz

Aims & Scope
With the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics has been found. The “hunt” for the Standard Model particles has thus come to an end and new aims and challenges will take centre stage in the practice of particle physics: precision measurements of the Standard Model’s parameters, the search for particles beyond the Standard Model, motivated in part by cosmological evidence, and the exploration of yet uncharted experimental and theoretical territory. To meet these challenges ever more sophisticated and larger experimental facilities will be required as well as an ever more critical assessment of the virtues and shortcomings of various theoretical proposals. A better understanding of this new phase of particle physics calls for a concerted effort of physics and the social sciences reflecting on it.

Application Details
We invite up to 30 advanced students and early career researchers from the history, philosophy, and sociology of physics, as well as from physics itself to participate. The application process will be competitive and participants will be selected according to qualification and research interests. Assuming equal qualification, preference will be given to underrepresented groups. To apply, please send the following material in a single pdf file to no later than 28 February 2018:

– a letter of motivation, no longer than two pages,
– a cv in tabular form,
– and a list of publications (if available).

A selection of participants will be able to give short presentations of their own work as part of the school. The presentations will be followed by a commentary from a member of the Research Unit. In case you intend to give a presentation, you should add to your application:

– the title of your talk, and
– a short abstract (between 300 and 500 words)

We offer a number of stipends to participants with limited financing. The exact number and the amount granted will, however, depend on the needs of potential participants and will be determined at the conclusion of the application phase only.

To apply for a stipend, please also prepare and submit a letter, no longer than one page, explaining your financial situation.

To ensure equal opportunities, we are currently also organizing on-site child care. Please indicate in your application if you intend to bring your child or children (and if the latter, how many) with you to the school.

Upon request, the participants will receive a confirmation that the summer school is equivalent to a workload of 2 ECTS.

For further information and practical details, please refer to
or contact the organizers Adrian Wüthrich and Florian Boge using the email address