International Masterclasses in Particle Physics

On March 6, 2024, an international gathering convened for hands-on particle physics masterclasses. Participating universities included Valencia, Spain; Brookhaven, USA; Yerevan, Armenia; and KIU Kutaisi, Georgia. The event, hosted in Georgia, was meticulously organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Youth of Georgia, in collaboration with the Georgian Technical University’s Faculty of Informatics and Control Systems and the Nuclear Engineering Center.

The proceedings commenced with an uplifting opening ceremony, where participants were warmly welcomed by the esteemed Rector of KIU and distinguished guests from Kutaisi International University. Subsequently, attendees were treated to enlightening lectures delivered by Dr. Juansher Jejelava, Professor Alexander Sharmazanashvili, and Dr. Niko Tsutskiridze, all from Georgia.

Following the intellectually stimulating lectures, a practical session on the IPPOG (International Particle Physics Outreach Group) Exercises ensued. Mentors, including B. Kekelia, G. Mirziashvili, and N. Tsutskiridze, guided participants through engaging hands-on activities.

The event reached its zenith with an interactive quiz and a riveting CERN videoconference, expertly led by Dr. Tadej Novak from CERN, Switzerland. Participants were deeply engaged in discussions and exchanges at the forefront of particle physics research.

As the day drew to a close, participants were honored with the presentation of certificates, marking their successful completion of the masterclasses. The event not only fostered academic collaboration but also ignited a fervent passion for particle physics among the participants, promising a bright future for scientific exploration and discovery.

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