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Education and training

CERN plays an important part in advanced technical education. A comprehensive range of training schemes and fellowships attract many talented young scientists and engineers to the Laboratory. Most go on to find careers in industry, where their experience of working in a high-tech multi-national environment is highly valued.

CERN's programmes range from summer programmes for undergraduates studying physics and technical disciplines relevant to the Laboratory's work, through schools in particle physics, accelerator physics, and computing, to fixed-term postdoctoral Fellowships.

The class of 2000. Summer students posing beside BEBC, a famous CERN bubble chamber

The undergraduate programmes are designed to give young people a chance to work in a real research environment - valuable information for those on the verge of important career decisions. The schools in accelerator physics and computing were designed to train people to meet the needs of CERN, but their importance has grown much wider. Of the estimated 10 000 accelerators in the world, most are put to medical use, with just a small fraction in research laboratories. Through its accelerator schools, CERN shares its cutting-edge expertise with accelerator operators from all disciplines.

The summer schools in physics are designed for graduate students in particle physics, and have played an important part in bringing East and West together.

Every year, around 100 young physicists are treated to a fortnight of theoretical particle physics under the guidance of some of the most respected names in the field.

The tradition goes back more than 30 years, to 1962, when CERN held its first school of physics in Switzerland. At first, the school lasted a week and was aimed at students and qualified physicists alike.

The Joint JINR-CERN School at Henko, Finland in 1981

In 1964, the school was extended to two weeks and held at Herceg-Novi at the invitation of the Yugoslav Federal Nuclear Energy Commission. The following year, the school's goals were redefined with the emphasis being on teaching theoretical physics to young experimentalists. This has been the formula ever since.

To be continued

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