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Physics Without Frontiers 2018: ICTP Program inspires young physicist in Nepal

With the aim of influencing and motivating young students to consider a career in scientific researches the third edition of  “Physics Without Frontier” kicked off at the Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel from 19-21 December. The three-day winter school was initiated by Dr. Suyog Shrestha (Postdoctoral researcher, Ohio State University/CERN) and Abha Eli Phoboo (Press officer, CERN) of ATLAS group, and introduced the physics behind the Large Hadron Collider to the students pursuing physics in Nepal.

This year the school mainly focused on high-performance computing to analyze and compute the real CERN data with the newly established computer facility at IT park, Kathmandu University. Dr Suyog and Abha, along with Dr Trisha farooque (Research associate from Michigan Univ./CERN)  and Dr Rajendra Adhikari (Project leader, HCP and assistant professor at Kathmandu university ) guided the students through the master classes with interactive lectures on particle physics and engaged them in the hands-on exercise using real LHC data. The event also presented a talk on careers in physics, highlighting details about the fields of researchers opportunities and new areas to explore.

In addition, the student witnessed the real day-to-day working of CERN physicist and revisited the physics behind the discovery of Higgs Boson and open ATLAS data analysis using ROOT. The school provided 34 student from undergraduate and graduate level of science and engineering background to participate in the masterclass.

During the program, Dr Suyog emphasized the investment in education and need of this kind of activities to foster science education right from the school level. Mahesh Ghorasaini, one of the participant said “ This kind of activities enabled us to interact with researcher and scientist from prestigious European research centre such as CERN and learn from their expertise. This approach of targeting student at the grassroots level has generated a lot of positive feedback from the participants. The team hopes that the program will continue to encourage budding physicist to pursue a research career and aims to conduct many such kinds of the program in future as well.

By: Sushil Adhikari

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