Outreach activities


IGFAE hosts a Masterclass in particle physics on April every year. During this activity, we invite Galician high school students to participate and become high energy physicists for one day. The students take a day off from school to analyse data of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) under the supervision of IGFAE scientists. At the end of the day, the students discuss the obtained results in a video conference other scientists at CERN or Femilab, and with other participating institutes from around the world. This gives students the experience of working in an international collaboration, which is part of CERN’s everyday life.

The Masterclass at IGFAE is part of an annual program called International Masterclasses. Scientists at about 210 universities and laboratories host Masterclasses at their home institutions. The Masterclasses this year are organized from February until April in more than 50 countries worldwide.





In autumn 2015 a crew of the TV station VTv (grupo La Voz de Galicia), lead by Xavier Fonseca, traveled to Geneva, Bern and Berlin accompanied by IGFAE researchers to record two special series of the TV program “Historias del Tiempo”. This program gives the weather forecast every night at 9pm accompanied by a short five minute scientific report. The two video series consisted of one set of nineteen episodes to commemorate the centenary of Einsteins’ General Relativity and an special of eleven Particle Physics programs focused on CERN activities and beyond. These videos were shown on TV during spring, summer and fall of 2016 and also linked from “La Voz de Galicia” web page attaining tens of thousands of visions.

The scientific advising of the videos was done by José Edelstein, Javier Mas and Cibrán Santamarina (IGFAE) and the special was partially funded by IGFAE and Vicerreitoría de Comunicación e Coordinación of USC. Xavier Fonseca was awarded the VII CPAN outreach prize in the video modality for the CERN series of these specials. The two series of videos can be seen in his youtube channel.