Swiss Institute of Particle Physics

CHIPP is an association uniting researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. It strengthens the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinates research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promotes public awareness of the field.

Prof. Philippe Mermod, particle physicist at the University of Geneva and at CERN
Prof. Philippe Mermod, particle physicist at the University of Geneva and at CERN
Prof. Philippe Mermod, particle physicist at the University of Geneva and at CERN

CHIPP reports with great sadness the untimely passing of Prof. Philippe Mermod. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family. He will be missed.


Obituary Peter Truöl
Obituary Peter Truöl
Obituary Peter Truöl

CHIPP mourns the loss of our colleague and friend Prof. Peter Truöl. He will be missed.


This is achieved by keeping a continuous dialogue between the particle physicists of different cantonal universities and federal institutes. CHIPP is recognized as the representative of Swiss particle physics both nationally and internationally. It awards yearly a Prize to a PhD student, supports workshops and conferences, organises PhD schools, and develops outreach projects.

CHIPP updates
Image: CHIPP, Switzerland
CHIPP updates
CHIPP updates (Image: CHIPP, Switzerland)

UPDATES: 20-9-2020

  • CHIPP President Prof. Rainer Wallny on the updated "European Strategy for Particle Physics, article by B. Vogel link

  • The start-up Positrigo uses findings from particle physics for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease link
  • Open position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at University Geneva link
  • Annual Report 2019 link
  • Swiss research initiative CHART works on particle accelerators of the future link
  • T2K Results Restrict Possible Values of Neutrino CP Phase Page
  • COVID 19 Swiss Task Force Page Updates
  • New article "University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland researches astroparticles of the Sun" article by B. Vogel link
  • New article "California-based neutrino researcher François Drielsma" article by B. Vogel link
  • Media update ! article
  • Update 2020 European Strategy Particle Physics
  • Update Plenary, Board, EB minutes
  • Unpdate Media links
  • The Balloon museum in Chateau d'Oex hosts the new temporary exhibition 'Art & Science' link_update
  • New article "About the movie "Les Particules" by Blaise Harrison", article by B. Vogel link
  • CHIPP Prize 2019 link
  • Plenary meeting 2019 link

Particle physics news


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BL4S logo
  • 17.09.2020
  • News
  • Press release

Geneva school wins “Beamline for Schools” 2020 competition

The delta+ is a type of baryon, the family of sub-atomic particles to which the more well-known proton and neutron belong. A team of physics enthusiasts at the International School of Geneva is working intensively on these extremely unstable elementary particles. In September they will travel to Hamburg for an experiment at the renowned particle physics research institute DESY. They owe this extraordinary research trip to winning this year's “Beamline for Schools” (BL4S) competition at CERN.
  • 08.07.2020
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  • Press release

Zurich particle physicists make headlines with XENON collaboration

Axions are elementary particles with extremely low mass. So far they exist only in the brains of theoretical physicists, nobody has observed them. Really? Measurement results at detector XENON1T in Italy make one sit up and take notice.
LHCP2020 conference
  • 29.05.2020
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  • Press release

CERN collaborations present new results on charmed particles at online conference

The ALICE, CMS and LHCb collaborations present new measurements that show how particles containing charm quarks can serve as “messengers” of hadrons and the quark–gluon plasma, carrying information about these forms of matter.
This media update is part of a series related to the 2020 Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2020) conference, taking place 25–30 May 2020.

CHIPP infos

Joint Annual Meeting SPS/OPG

Board meetings

The CHIPP Board meeting is composed by the professors with activities in experimental or theoretical particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics and the heads of the experimental and theoretical particle physics groups at Paul Scherrer Institute. Universities without activities in particle, astroparticle or nuclear physics may nominate one representative. Members that have retired from the active professional life or have acquired the status of Professor emeritus may be admitted as Honorary Board Members.
Group picture of attendees at the SWHEPPS 2016 workshop of CHIPP

CHIPP organisation

The Swiss Institute for Particle Physics (CHIPP) is an association according to Swiss law regrouping all the particle, astroparticle, and nuclear physicists holding a Master in physics and working for a Swiss institution, as well as the Swiss PhD nationals working at CERN.
Wins the CHIPP Prize 2018: Dr. Claudia Tambasco.
  • 29.08.2018

Claudia Tambasco honoured with CHIPP Prize 2018

In order for physicists at CERN to carry out their experiments for the understanding of matter, the large particle accelerator LHC must be operated with the utmost precision. Ensuring this precision both now and in the future was the overriding goal of a doctoral thesis that Claudia Tambasco recently completed at the EPFL in Lausanne. For this work, the young researcher was today (28.08.2018) awarded the prize of the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) at a ceremony in Lausanne.


c/o Prof. Dr. Rainer Wallny
ETH Zürich
HPK E 26
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich



Proton-Proton Collision (LHC, CERN)

CHIPP Outreach Portal

IPPOG collaboration

IPPOG Collaboration

European Particle Physics Communication Network

Executive Board

CHIPP Executive Board

  • Tatsuya Nakada (Chair)
  • Michele Weber
  • Adrian Signer
  • Günther Dissertori

CHIPP Administrator