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ATLAS Masterclass

Discover the world of High Energy Particle Physics by analyzing real data from the ATLAS Experiment

  • Explore a nearby university or research center

  • Learn about research topics and methods that are fundamental to particle physics

  • Analyze measurements on real data from the ATLAS particle physics experiment at CERN

  • Network with other high school students and researchers in a video conference to discuss results

What is ATLAS?

ATLAS is one of the two general-purpose detectors at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The ATLAS Collaboration consists of several thousand researchers, including over a hundred scientists from TRIUMF and Canadian universities, conducting research with the ATLAS detector. ATLAS attempts to answer questions regarding the basic building blocks and forces of nature. Ground-breaking research is continuously being done with ATLAS, including the discovery of the Higgs boson.


What is Masterclass?

Every year, ten thousand high school students in almost 200 universities or research centers from 50 different countries come together to unravel the mysteries of particle physics in the Particle Physics Masterclass. Participate in lectures from leading physics researchers, a live video conference with the ATLAS control room in Switzerland, and tours of the research facilities. Students will be able to experience what it is like to be a particle physicist by analyzing real data from the ATLAS project. At the end of the day, like all international research collaborations, students will join in a video conference with other Masterclass sites for discussion and combine their results.

TRIUMF has partnered with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria to bring the Masterclass experience to high school students in BC.  The events will be hosted by the local scientists involved in the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN. 

2017 Registration

ATLAS Masterclass will take place on Saturday, April 8th from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm in two different locations:

  • TRIUMF - 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C.  V6T-2A3      Map
  • Simon Fraser University - Shrum Science P-Bldg., 8888 University Drive, Burnaby B.C. V5A-1S6   Map

Registration is now closed for 2017. Registration for the next ATLAS Masterclass will open in early 2018.

Masterclass Information


Latest News

April 10, 2017: Thank you to all students who came out for ATLAS Masterclass!

February 20, 2017: Both TRIUMF and SFU are now full. Students who still wish to register will be placed on a waitlist.

February 8, 2017: There are 10 spaces remaining at SFU and TRIUMF is now full! Students who still wish to register will be placed on a waitlist.

February 6, 2017: Register now to confirm your spot at this year's ATLAS Masterclass: there are 10 spots remaining at TRIUMF and 20 spots left at SFU. 

January 23, 2017: Registration is now OPEN for TRIUMF and SFU for the 2017 ATLAS Masterclass. Please see the links above to register.