The 2008 European School of High-Energy Physics

Date and Place
of the School
Enquiries and

Herbeumont-sur-Semois, Belgium
8 June – 21 June 2008

The 2008 European School of High-Energy Physics (formerly the CERN-JINR School of Physics) will be jointly organized by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland together with the Belgian Fundamental Interactions groups, FNRS and Belgian Science Policy

The European School of High-Energy Physics is targetted particularly at students in experimental HEP who are in the final years of work towards their PhDs. Other schools, such as the CERN-FNAL Hadron Collider School may provide more appropriate training for young postdocs in experimental HEP, PhD students who have already attended the European school, and  senior PhD students in HEP phenomenology.

The Schools of Physics are designed to give a survey of up-to-date information, rather than to be a training course. An outline of each of the lecture courses and reading lists will be published on the web. It should be noticed that some pre-knowledge of the subjects is necessary in order to be able to profit fully from the lecture courses. Preference will be given to students who have connections with CERN and JINR member states either because of their nationality, or because of their institutional affiliation, or because they are involved in an experimental programme at a laboratory located in one of the member states.

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Date and Place of the School ^

The 16-th European School of High-Energy Physics will be held from June 8 to June 21, 2008 in Herbeumont-sur-Semois, Belgium. The lectures will be given in Eurovillage Ardennes "Les Fourches" which is a hotel/vacation resort which also provides conference facilities.
Eurovillage is located in Herbeumont, a picturesque village 25 km from Bouillon, 80 km from Luxemburg and 130 km for Liège.

Eurovillage Les Fourches (14 ha) is situated on a hilltop overlooking the valley of the Semois in the middle of extending woods.
Numerous activities are offered free of charge: covered swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, table tennis, climbing wall, volleyball, mini-golf, archery, badminton, basketball, petanque, playground. Walks and tourist trails. With participation: mountain biking, kayak, karting, golf.

A more detailed map of the area can be seen here.

"Les Fourches"

Accommodation ^

Students, faculty and staff of the School will be lodged in Eurovillage where also breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Students will share bungalows that are disseminated in a park.  Each bungalow offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with TV, a small kitchen and a terrace.
The lecture hall and the rooms for the discussion sessions are situated in the hotel main building. They will be equipped with computing and electronic communication facilities.

Scientific Programme ^

The preliminary scientific programme is as follows (Draft Programme):
Field Theory and Standard Model V. Rubakov, INR, Moscow
QCD M. Mangano, CERN
Flavour Physics Y. Nir, Weizmann Institute
Beyond the Standard Model I. Antoniadis, CERN
Neutrino Physics P. Hernández, University of Valencia
Cosmology M. Tytgat, ULB, Bruxelles
Heavy Ions C. Salgado, University of Santiago de Compostela
Further Issues in Fundamental Interactions J.-M. Gérard, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve
IceCube: Neutrino Telescope at the South Pole C. De Clercq, VUB, Brussel

There will be 32 lectures in all, each lasting about 75 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion.
Students will be encouraged to present their current research work in the form of a special poster session which is planned for Thursday, June 12.

Discussion Sessions ^

Discussion sessions, which are intended to clarify points that may be obscure from the lectures, will be held most afternoons and will last about 75 minutes.

The discussion sessions will be led by:
J.-R. Cudell Université de Liège
A. Gladyshev JINR, Dubna
S. Jäger CERN
L. Lopez Honorez ULB, Bruxelles
J. Andersen CERN
D. Naumov JINR, Dubna
Language ^

The working language of the School will be English. Participants should therefore have a good understanding of English to enable them to benefit from the School.

Proceedings ^

The School Proceedings will be published as a CERN Yellow Report in 2009. Each participant will receive one copy free of charge. Proceedings from earlier schools are available: 2006, 2005 , 2004 and 2003.

Travel ^

Students should arrange to arrive in Herbeumont for registration during the afternoon or evening of Sunday, June 8. The school will end on the morning of Saturday, June 21 after breakfast.
The nearest international airports are Brussels, 135 km or Luxemburg, 85 Km.

There is also an ariport "Charleroi/ Brussels South" which is used by low-cost companies.

The nearest railway station is Bertrix. Information about trains in Belgium can be found here.

More and up-to-date information about train/bus schedules, pick-up service, etc. will be posted at this web page in an upcoming announcement.

Cost ^

The cost of the School will be around 1850 Swiss Francs per student, and will cover tuition, board and lodging from dinner on Sunday June 8 to breakfast on Saturday June 21, 2008, as well as coffee, tea or cold drinks during the morning and afternoon breaks and some social activities. It does not include travel expenses from participants' home institutes to Herbeumont and back.

For participants from JINR and CIS there are special arrangements for paying the School Fee and for travel. For further information, please contact the JINR Organizing Secretary, Mrs. T.S. Donskova (see Enquires and Correspondence below).

Details concerning the method of payment of the fee will be sent together with the acceptance letters.

 Participation ^

The School is open to young physicists, preparing a PhD or equivalent in high-energy physics, with at least one year's experience working as experimentalists or phenomenologists. The number of students will be about 100, mostly from the CERN and JINR Member States, but a few may come from other countries which are not members. Personal contacts and informal discussions among the participants during leisure time are an important aspect of the School. For this reason, participants are asked to note that they should not be accompanied by family members or friends.

Application ^

Applications to attend the School should include:

For the Application Form remember to fill in ALL fields: use "N/A" when "Not Applicable".


Note that the APPLICATION DEADLINE is postponed to 16 March.

The application form for the 2008 European School of Physics should be completed and sent as soon as possible and must be received by the closing date of 16 March (changed).
A 100-word summary of your current work should be sent by completing the appropriate section in the Web application form.

The submission of the completed application form must be accompanied in parallel by a letter of reference and ranking from the student's professor or supervisor (signed and dated hard copy with letterhead of referee's institution). Applications without a reference letter will not be considered. The professor or supervisor's name and the date of the reference letter should be indicated in the appropriate boxes on the Web application form; and the letter should be sent to Danielle Métral, the CERN Organizing Secretary (see Enquiries and Correspondence below).

Students who wish to apply but who do not have a suitable browser for the Web application form should request a hard copy of the form from one of the Organizing Secretaries (see Enquiries and Correspondence), stating clearly their name and postal address. Their 100-word summary of current work should be sent by electronic mail to the CERN Organizing Secretary.

Candidates should ensure that their application, letter of reference and 100-word summary reach the CERN Organizing Secretary by 16 March, 2008.

The selection of the students will be made by the International Organizing Committee together with the local director; and all applicants will be informed early April whether or not they have been selected.

Organizing Committee ^
T. Donskova (JINR, Dubna) School Secretary
N. Ellis (CERN)
R. Fleischer (CERN)
E. Lillestol (CERN and University of Bergen) CERN Schools Director
D. Métral (CERN) School Administrator
A. Olchevsky (JINR, Dubna)

Local Organizing Committee:

C. De Clercq,VUB, Brussel
D. Favart, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve
J.-M. Frère, ULB, Bruxelles
R. Gastmans, KUL, Leuven - Local Director

International Advisors:

A. Sissakian (JINR, Dubna, Russia)
A. Skrinsky (BINP, Novosibirsk, Russia)
N. Tyurin (IHEP, Protvino, Russia)
Enquiries and Correspondence ^

All enquiries and correspondence related to the School of Physics should be addressed to one of the Organizing Secretaries:

Danielle Métral
Schools of Physics
CH-1211 GENEVA 23
Tatyana Donskova
International Department
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
RU-141980 Dubna, Moscow Region
Tel:   +41 22 767 9141 Tel:   +7 49621 63448 
Fax:   +41 22 767 5460 Fax:   +7 49621 65599
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