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“Euroschool on Exotic Beams” celebrates 25th anniversary


The "Euroschool on Exotic Beams" has been a meeting place for graduates, doctoral students and young postdocs for a quarter of a century. Through high-ranked speakers, a good choice of relevant topics and attractive lectures, the school is ideally suited to prepare young scientists for their research work, e.g. at GSI and FAIR. The anniversary event at the end of August 2018 was celebrated at the University of Leuven in Belgium with a special symposium. Lectures were given by international experts in nuclear physics to review the progress made in recent decades. Many of the speakers were participants or lecturers of former Euroschool events.

The special symposium was embedded in the Euroschool week 2018, which took place in Leuven from August 26th to September 1st. The school covers general topics in physics of exotic nuclei, experimental and theoretical studies of nuclear structure and reaction dynamics, nuclear astrophysics, research on superheavy elements and interdisciplinary applications in medicine, energy and society.

The aim of the Euroschool is to promote young scientists at the highest level. The main activity is to provide an excellent lecture program that bridges the gap between the university education and the forefront research activities at the European accelerator-based large-scale laboratories. The lectures are given by invited experts of the field and focus on physics, techniques and applications related to modern nuclear research. The Euroschool trains new generations of young scientists from across Europe and helps them to establish contacts with the leading scientists in the field. Therefore, the school is an important asset to prepare the next generation of scientists for their research work at institutions such as GSI and FAIR.

The Euroschool is organized by its “Board of Directors”, an association of twelve European, internationally recognized research scientists and university professors. The chair is the GSI scientist Professor Christoph Scheidenberger. The annual school events take place in different countries and have typically 60 to 80 participants. Over the last 25 years, the Euroschool on Exotic Beams has had around 1200 participants. The first events took place in Leuven (years 1993-1998 and 2000) and were funded by the European Commission via a training and mobility program, while it is funded by various sources since 2006. Since then the school’s funding is based on a Memorandum of Understanding between several European laboratories, including GSI and FAIR, and universities. Since 2001, the school has travelled throughout Europe and took place at 15 different locations in eleven countries. The Euroschool on Exotic Beams is attended by participants from Europe as well as non-European scientists from North and South America, Australia, Africa, India, China and Japan.

Among other achievements, meanwhile five text books have emerged from this school, which are widely used by students and lecturers. (JL)


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This year's Euroschool participants.
Filip Van Loock