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Education and Outreach

In addition to our research activities, the Adelaide HEP group is involved in a number of education and outreach programs for school students and the wider community.

Through outreach activities we aim to do the following:

  • engage young people with the concepts of particle physics, and
  • develop public knowledge of Australia's role in the global quest for knowledge in this field of research.

Outreach activities undertaken at Adelaide include events organised as a part of the national CoEPP outreach programLink to external site. We host an annual particle physics masterclassLink to external site geared towards exposing year 11/12 high school students in South Australia to the physics of the Large Hadron Collider, in which students are able to analyse data and take part in remote visits to the ATLAS experiment at CERN and Fermilab.

We also offer students work experience activities and the opportunity to spend a week researching and learning about particle physics at CoEPP's Adelaide node. Please contact us for more details.

We interact with the general public through a variety of public lectures which occur periodically throughout the year, along with active participation in National Science WeekLink to external site. Information about forthcoming public lectures may be found on the calendarLink to external site maintained by the South Australian branch of the Australian Institute of PhysicsLink to external site (AIP SA).

The Science of Doctor Who

The Science of Doctor WhoAdelaide HEP group member Dr Martin White co-starred in the touring stage show "The Science of Doctor Who", presented in 2014 by RiAus in association with BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand. For further information, please visit the websiteLink to external site.

High-Energy Physics on the Web

A wide range of resources are available online for learning more about particle physics. The Particle AdventureLik to external site provides an introduction to particle physics concepts. Many other useful sites are collected at QuarkNetLink to external site and at The Particle AdventureLink to external site site, and are a good starting point for finding more information about particle physics. Quantum DiariesLink to external site, on the other hand, gives an insight into what it is like to be a particle physicist.

Resources for teachers and for those who are interested in more hands-on activities may be found in the material provided by CERNLink to external site, by the ATLAS collaborationLink to external site, including the Learning with ATLAS projectLink to external site (note: seems to need up-to-date Flash in order to display properly), and in the resources provided by the International Particle Physics Outreach GroupLink to external site. Included amongst these are several software packages that may be used to simulate particle detectors and collisions, such as HYPATIALink to external site (as used in our masterclasses), MINERVALink to external site and the Lancaster University Particle Physics PackageLink to external site.

High-Energy Physics

Room 126, Level 1
Physics Building
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, SA 5005


T: +61 8 8313 3533