UnivEarthS Fall School
Since 2014, UnivEarthS organizes an autumn school that brings together about 30 students during a week to a special place.
The school is open to students in master’s or PhD from AIM, APC, IPGP and ONERA, to the scientists working on the UnivEarthS thematic (PhD students, postdocs, engineers and technicians). It also hosts high school science teachers via the association “Les cordées de la réussite”, and administrative staff.
The positive returns from this week of school are an encouragement to continue the mission of Labex: bring together researchers from different disciplines, and create interfaces between Earth Sciences and Physics of the Universe. Indeed, it is through this kind of event that UnivEarthS promotes interdisciplinarity and the connection between its various research areas.
The third edition of the Fall School was organized in Aci Trezza (Sicily) on 20-26 October 2016.
The school offered a series of three courses giving a panorama of a scientific subject in astrophysics or geosciences, starting from the foundations of the discipline and ending with an opening towards the cutting edge research in the field. The three subjects were:
- Earth as a living planet planet: internal dynamics (Claude Jaupart, IPGP)
- Life in the Universe: exobiology (Sylvain Chaty, AIM)
- The life of astroparticles (Étienne Parizot, APC)
These courses were complemented by two lectures: the first on the geodynamics of Sicily and volcanology of Etna by Edouard Kaminski, IPGP, and the second one on the ANTARES and KM3Net neutron telescopes by Véronique Van Elewyck, APC.
The school also included an excursion to Mount Etna and a visit to the the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Catania, in connection with the European project KM3NeT (neutrino submarine observatory).
Returns from school participants are extremely positive; they were all “satisfied” or “very satisfied” according to the online survey performed at the end of the school. They stressed the interest and quality of the courses, as well as the opportunity they offer to discover subjects that do not belong to their research field.