PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series


PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

as a “Physics for Development” initiative in COVID times

The APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) is pleased to announce the PHYSICS MATTERS on-line colloquia series. The main goal of these on-line colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program of FIP is to support international engagement for APS among students and early career physicists, targeting developing community audiences, especially in a time when, due to the COVID pandemic, travel is difficult or even impossible.

Watch the PHYSICS MATTERS trailer below

Credits: @CERN, video editor and director: Samuel Hertzog, authors: Paola Catapano and Luisa Cifarelli

The first phase of the PHYSICS MATTERS series took place in the fall of 2020 from November to December, with weekly colloquia. These were pre-RECORDED video colloquia, each made available without registration for several days to ease its access no matter the time zone. All the speakers were asked to talk in a way that could stimulate curiosity and create a flow of ideas that is both educational and interesting to a broad community.
The recordings of the 2020 program can still be viewed from this web page (see below).
In 2021 we plan to continue the PHYSICS MATTERS series with LIVE on-line colloquia that will primarily target and involve some test centers, selected from within the partner countries of the SESAME project (Synchrotron-Light for
Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), a project supported by the APS.
Our goal is however to enlarge the audience to as many developing communities as possible and share those exciting colloquia with the public. Hence, FIP wants to build capacity and enable developing communities. The live events will be organized in coordination with in-country physics societies and knowledgeable diaspora to ensure good video connections. Of course, they will be also open to all APS FIP members and FIP friends.  

View Past Recordings


"Accelerating Science and Society" by Prof. Carsten P Welsch

Thursday November 30, 2023
16:00 CET  (10:00 ET)

Register Here

See short Introduction movie: Accelerators for particles and the cosmos!
Prepared in the framework of Accelerate Your Teaching MOOC (free registration too)

Carsten P Welsch (Liverpool University)


Carsten P Welsch is a Full Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool, and a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Council. He is also the Head of Liverpool’s Accelerator Science cluster based at the Cockcroft Institute, Director of two STFC Centres for
Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, LIV.DAT and LIV.INNO, and Coordinator of the pan-European EuPRAXIA Doctoral Network.
Professor Welsch studied physics and economics at UC Berkeley (US) and at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) where he completed his PhD in 2002. Following postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and at CERN, he established his pan-European QUASAR Group in 2007. He was appointed as Reader at the University of Liverpool in 2008, promoted to Full Professor of Physics in 2011 and served as Head of the Physics Department between 2016 and 2023. Under his leadership, Liverpool Physics became one of the UK’s top physics departments, ranked joint 3rd in REF2021 for their overall activities that are either internationally excellent or world-leading.
Professor Welsch is specialized in the design and optimization of particle accelerators and light sources with a focus on the development of underpinning technologies, in particular beam diagnostics techniques and data science. His research includes studies into high energy colliders, antimatter research, medical applications, as well as investigations into novel high gradient accelerators. He has been a partner in numerous national and international research projects, and the coordinator of 10 EU projects, including a large number of multinational research networks. He has been a member of numerous international advisory and programme committees and is a frequent speaker at international workshops and conferences (AIMBE).

Particle accelerators have numerous applications across many fields including fundamental research, medicine, electronics, environment and energy.
In this Physics Matters colloquium, I will talk about some of the latest advances in accelerator science, including micro accelerators, antimatter studies, next generation medical applications, and a vision for the future of particle physics. I will also discuss how advances in accelerator research have been driving innovation across a wide range of sectors. Finally, I will speak about how accelerator science outreach activities have fascinated audiences around the world and helped create a better awareness of this key technology.

Attendees of any APS in-person or virtual events are expected to meet standards of professional conduct as described in the APS Code of Conduct. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from future participation.