Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP)

CHIPP, the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics, is an association uniting researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. The objectives of CHIPP are to coordinate and strengthen the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinate research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promote public awareness of the field.

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: 19-3-2020

  • 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

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Physicist Dr. Marina Battaglia is a senior researcher at the FHNW Institute for Data Science and works on the STIX project.
  • 19.03.2020
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University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland researches astroparticles of the Sun

Scientists at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have spent around ten years building the Spectrometer / Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX). Since 10 February, the research instrument is travelling to the Sun. It will provide accurate measurements of the solar atmosphere and the solar wind and will also cover the polar regions of the Sun that cannot be observed from Earth.
Hiking from one particle physics experiment to another: Dr. François Drielsma.
  • 04.03.2020
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California-based neutrino researcher François Drielsma

With its European particle physics laboratory CERN, Geneva attracts many researchers to Switzerland. This was also the case with François Drielsma (28). In a doctoral thesis supervised by Prof. Alain Blondel (University of Geneva), the Belgian-born scientist investigated a completely new way to build a particle accelerator.
Prof. Rainer Wallnt (ETHZ)
  • 31.01.2020
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Rainer Wallny on the CERN Future Circular Collider (FCC) project

Particle physicists from all over Europe are currently discussing the future of European particle physics, when the current ring accelerator LHC will be decommissioned around 2035. Next May, the decision could be taken launch technical and financial feasibility studies for the construction of a new, even more powerful particle accelerator.

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)

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IPPOG collaboration

IPPOG Collaboration

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Executive Board

CHIPP Executive Board

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

CHIPP Administrator