The Sixth International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology of the University of Nova Gorica

As part of the international consortium of doctoral networks in the field of elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology (IDPASC), the Laboratory for Particle Astrophysics of the University of Nova Gorica organized the sixth consecutive IDPASC 2016 event at the Lantieri mansion in Vipava, which was held from 21 May to 1 June 2016.

The Italian Institute of Culture in Slovenia (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Lubiana), the Instrumentation Technologies d.d. company, and the local Ajdovščina Administration (Občina Ajdovščina) funded the Network.

The IDPASC 2016 event resulted in the visit of more than thirty talented doctoral students from Austria, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia and Spain to Vipava. It consisted of four thematic sections, which covered the areas of ​​elementary particle physics, cosmology, astrophysics and neutrino physics. As part of the sections, the internationally renowned experts from France (LPTHE and the University of Sorbonne in Paris), Italy (from the astronomical observatories in Brera, Trieste and the University of Padua), Germany (DESY, Zeuthen) and Slovenia (the University of Nova Gorica and the Jožef Stefan Institute) acted as the lecturers.

Both students and teachers were amazed with the beauty of the Vipava valley and the Lantieri mansion. They appreciated the taste of local dishes and ice cream in the “Podfarovž Gregor Lisjak” restaurant and the “Bar pri Marjanci” bar. They also noted hospitality of the Vipava citizens. During the network, its participants had an opportunity of visiting the Student Wine Festival, which is annually conducted by the Graduate School of Viticulture and Oenology of the University of Nova Gorica. The foreign students were also very pleased with excursions to Piran and to the “Škocjan Caves” Park. They were especially impressed with the underground canyon.

The students of preparatory schools from Ajdovščina and Vipava also visited the open lecture by Professor Mark Cirelli (LPTHE and the Sorbonne University) about the “Secrets of Dark Matter”, which was organized as part of the IDPASC event.