News & Events

4-8th October 2021

We held the first online Lund retreat training week for our PhD students. The focus this year was instrumentation and detection. We created an exciting programme that included inspirational talks from Anne L’Huillier, Sverker Werin, Stefano Cabrini and Heiner Linke. Throughout the week leading experts from across Europe and the US gave lectures on different topics in laser, accelerator and particle physics as well as nano sciences. The afternoons were reserved for more applied training. The students learnt how to write science blogs for a public audience and how to run simulations using COMSOL. The science blogs will be published later this year. Watch our News section for the announcement.

The training week concluded with a BBQ at the DESY campus in Hamburg and a dinner at a golf club in Lund. This gave the students and academics the chance to meet in person at least once. We would like to thank all of the lecturers, speakers and our PhD students for making our first training week a great success.

19th January 2021

HELIOS held its official virtual launch event. In the morning, directors Francesca Calegari and Mathieu Gisselbrecht introduced HELIOS to our first cohort of PhD students. This was followed by a number of talks about the instrumentation and analytical challenges in the fields of atomic, laser, particle and nano physics. In the afternoon, our students introduced their PhD projects, which vary from searching for dark matter to on-chip DNA analyses. The students also helped shaping the development of the HELIOS programme, by highlighting what skills and experiences they would like to gain during their PhD.

The event was a great success. We are very proud to have assembled this talented team with such a wide range of expertise, and it will continue to grow. We are looking forward to working together over the coming years and supporting and preparing our students for their future careers.