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ESR experience

First CMS Physics Object School in Bari

by Ioanna Papavergou

One of the best parts of being a physics PhD student is having the chance to broaden your knowledge by attending seminars and schools especially designed for helping you to be more efficient in your research. I was fortunate to have such an opportunity by attending the first CMS Physics Object School (POS) which took place from September 4th to 8th in Bari, Italy. Continue reading “First CMS Physics Object School in Bari”

CT-PPS Detector Alignment

by Giles Strong

Continuing on from my last post, in which I described part of the service work I am doing in the CMS experiment, I’ll now give an overview of the second project I work on, which takes place in the context of the CT-PPS sub-detector of the CMS experiment.

CT-PPS, located on both sides of the main bulk of CMS some 200 metres from the interaction point, stands for CMS-TOTEM Precision Proton Spectrometer. The experiment is a joint project Continue reading “CT-PPS Detector Alignment”

What could you do in a low-cost flight?

by Pablo de Castro

This post is the result of a self-imposed free-writing exercise while crossing on a plane, therefore it differs in format and content from my previous compositions. My aim was to write what I was thinking, without editing or overthinking. Here you go!

Continue reading “What could you do in a low-cost flight?”

My first weeks at CERN

by Ioanna Papavergou

It has already been almost 2 months since I arrived at CERN, but it certainly feels like a week. Being in such an interesting place, surrounded by some of the smartest people in the world, is a unique and inspiring feeling for a young researcher like myself. I was also lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to visit CERN in the beginning of my PhD, which greatly helped me to integrate to the CMS experiment. Continue reading “My first weeks at CERN”

Tau Identification At CMS With Neural Networks

by Giles Strong

Both the CMS and ATLAS collaborations are pretty vast, with around 5000 qualified scientist between them, and even more members working towards qualification. Everyone listed as ‘qualified’ will be listed as an author on any publication the collaboration produces, regardless of who actually did the major work for the analysis. Continue reading “Tau Identification At CMS With Neural Networks”

SciComm in Erice

by Giles Strong

Last week I, along with fellow network ESR Pablo, attended the International School of Science Journalism in Erice, on the Italian island of Sicily. As regular readers of this blog will know, scientific outreach plays an important role in our network activities, and I’d attended with the hope of gaining tips for better simplifying and presenting my research. Continue reading “SciComm in Erice”

Farewell Clermont-Ferrand

by Greg Kotkowski

Tight cooperation between nodes of the AMVA4NewPhysics network is an important aspect of our work. The members of the network (especially Early Stage Researchers) are encouraged to travel between the institutions. For this reason, I’ve spent the last 5 weeks in Clermont-Ferrand (France) at the Blaise Pascal University, where I’ve worked with another ESR, Fabricio, on an algorithm for the General Search of New Physics. Continue reading “Farewell Clermont-Ferrand”

Fuelling research II

by Giles Strong

Bloggers’ block strikes again; here’s a tasty recipe for a spinach and potato bake.


  • ~1 kg potatoes
  • ~250 g spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • ~300 ml cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Rosemary
  • ~1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • Cheddar or Parmesan

Continue reading “Fuelling research II”

My impressions on the RooStats Tutorial

by Greg Kotkowski

On the 19th of May I was very glad to take part in the RooStats tutorial organised by the AMVA4NewPhysics Network as a part of a workshop in Oviedo. RooStats is a ROOT library that uses the “RooFit” package, and provides classes to perform statistical analysis. The tutorial was attended by all the ESR from our Network, among which I was the only non-physicist. I am a statistician who does not use ROOT at all. For this reason, my attendance at the tutorial could seem Continue reading “My impressions on the RooStats Tutorial”

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