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Autumn brings 3 first year ATLAS PhD students to CERN

PhD students Marco Aparo, Meirin Evan (centre) and Daniela Kopeck in front of Meirin's poster

Marco and Daniela at Cern

This October, two new Sussex PhD students Daniela Koeck and Marco Aparo went to CERN, Geneva, to attend a week-long induction to the ATLAS experiment. The week started with an overview of the historical developments of ATLAS presented by the current ATLAS spokesperson, and an introduction to the different ATLAS working groups. With over 3000 scientists worldwide in the collaboration, the induction is an important part of learning what it means to be a member of ATLAS.

Daniela said: “I really enjoyed the induction week! It was very useful for us newcomers to ATLAS to learn how the collaboration operates and get an introduction to the analyse framework, and it was also really nice to meet our colleagues who work all over the world.”

An ATLAS software tutorial included an extensive set of overview talks, followed by hands-on sessions where the students had the chance to apply the techniques. The Early Career Scientist Board provided useful advice on how to start a PhD within ATLAS, followed by a welcome get-together, an important opportunity to get to know fellow ATLAS newcomers. Overall, the ATLAS induction day and software tutorial was a helpful guidance for newcomers to ATLAS while also offering useful updates and references for repeated attendees.

“This event gave me the opportunity to meet and have extensive discussions with other members of the collaboration and particular experts in certain areas. The week can be safely considered a great success!” said Marco. 

This October also saw Meirin Evans, another new arrival to the Sussex ATLAS group, visit CERN to present a poster and give a talk at the ATLAS Week, a tri-annual meeting for the 3000 strong collaboration. His poster and talk were presenting the latest developments of the ATLAS Open Data, an important and impactful deliverable from the experiment, which releases data, educational tools, software and documentation publicly, allowing in particular undergraduate physics students to do analysis with real ATLAS data. Both his poster and talk were well received by the collaboration.

 

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By: Justine Charles
Last updated: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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