International Particle Physics Masterclasses

Target Audience

Highschool students (15-18 years old); core target group 17-18 years

What we offer

The masterclasses are an international event, each year several thousands students take part. Originally an event for the 2005 world year of physics organized by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG), it now takes place world-wide every spring over a period of about six weeks at over 212 institutes in 46 countries and over 13.000 participants. Austria is represented with locations in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and Linz.


The concept of the masterclasses is to allow the students to "live a day as particle physicist". They are invited to our institute, learn about the standard model of particle physics, latest results of research, get a guided tour through our institute, and then - after refreshments in our "workshop kitchen" - are ready to analyse real experimental LHC data themselves in small groups at the PC. In a video conference with CERN or FermiLab (together with all other masterclasses of the same day) results are compared and discussed. In a small quiz there is a winner of the day, and also a prize is awarded by CERN. Of course, all students receive a certificate of participation.


Of course, participation (and catering) is complimentary.




International Masterclasses 2017


The International Masterclasses will once again take place in 2017. The Masterclasses are organized at the Institute for High Energy Physics (HEPHY) and also for the first time at the Stefan Meyer Institut (SMI):

  • Monday, 6th March 2017 at Stefan Meyer Institut (SMI)

  • Thursday, 16th March 2017 at the Natural History Museum Vienna, organized by the Institute for High Energy Physics (HEPHY)

The masterclass is mostly held in German.

You can register for the Masterclass 2017 using the website Registration Masterclasses 2017. Registration deadline is 31st January 2017.


Information to the Institut for High Energy Physics (HEPHY) Masterclasses

Information to the Stefan Meyer Institut (SMI) Masterclasses