2-7 January 2019
Thon Hotel Skeikampen
Europe/Copenhagen timezone


Nordic Winter School on Particle Physics and Cosmology

The purpose of the Nordic Winter School is to introduce PhD and advanced Master's students to selected current topics in particle physics and cosmology. It will be held at the Thon Hotel Skeikampen, approximately 40 kilometers north of Lillehammer (200 km north from Oslo). You can find details about the area here.

List of lecturers:

Cliff Burgess: Effective field theory in cosmology and particle physics (slides, book)


John Donoghue: Gravity and effective field theory (Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4)


Tanja Hinderer: Gravitational waves, theory and observation (Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4)


Stefania Xella: Topics in Experimental Particle physics (Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4)


Antonella Garzilli: Neutrinos in astrophysics and cosmology (slides)



Subodh Patil: Introduction to cosmology and structure formation (slides)

Michael Trott: The Standard Model effective field theory (slides)

The school is limited to 40 students from the Nordic countries, and is subject to a selection. We expect to be able to cover all local costs + transportation between Oslo Airport and the hotel. Young post-docs are encouraged to participate as well. Exceptionally talented M.Sc. students can apply too.

Exceptionally qualified students from outside the region may be admitted on a case by case basis, and on the assumption that they can have their expenses covered by other sources.

Wednesday the 2nd and Monday the 7th will be days of travel, and bus transportation will be arranged from/to Oslo Airport Gardermoen on these dates. If you're accepted at the school, you should plan so that you can catch the bus at 2:00 PM on Jan. 2nd, and have a return flight no earlier than 1:00 PM on the 7th. Lectures will be held on Tuesday through Friday, with free time in the middle of the day for outdoor activities like cross-country and downhill skiing.


Thon Hotel Skeikampen
Hotellvegen 3 2652 Svingvoll NORWAY

This course aims to equip the participants with the tools necessary to connect theory to current and planned observations and experiments in particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics with emphasis on effective field theory techniques. The goal would be to cover topics not traditionally taught in standard graduate courses and offer an introduction to modern methods used at the forefront of current research. After some introductory lectures, students will get to see how these tools are applied towards understanding results from collider experiments, gravitational wave observations and observations of the large scale structure of the universe. The invited lecturers are internationally renowned experts in these subjects. The students are expected to gain an understanding of topics that are currently the focus of active experimental efforts. Emphasis will be on searching for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider, understanding the structure of our universe through observations from the LIGO constellation of gravitational wave detectors, and understanding the origin (and fate) of our universe through upcoming cosmic microwave background experiments and galaxy surveys. Students will be given topical introductions, along with an overview of the current state of the field and the open questions that confront it. All lecturers at the school will provide background material as well as making the content of their lectures available to the students. The students are also encouraged to present contributions on their current research projects, which will be a requirement for those students who wish to obtain credit for their participation.

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