DESY welcomes 102 summer students from 28 countries

Seven-week programme for young scientists begins

Credit: DESY

This year’s summer student programme has just begun at DESY’s Hamburg and Zeuthen sites. For seven weeks, 102 young scientists from 28 countries will get a glimpse of the different areas of research carried out by Germany’s largest accelerator centre. That makes DESY’ summer school one of the largest and most international in the whole of Germany.

The 85 students visiting the Hamburg site and the 17 students visiting the Zeuthen site will not only be learning the theoretical foundations of accelerator, particle, astro-particle and x-ray physics, but also be involved in the practical work taking place in on-going research projects. This will give students attending the summer school a deep insight into day-to-day life as a scientist.

“But it is not just the science that is crucial to the students – a strong focus also lies on the contact between the students themselves,” explains Olaf Behnke, one of the organisers from Hamburg. “The wide variety of countries represented creates a very special atmosphere.”

It is above all the internationality and the practical experience that make DESY’s annual summer programme so popular among students. As a rule, the number of students applying considerably exceeds the number of available places. Applications can be submitted starting in December of the previous year. For the summer student programme of 2018, applications will be accepted from 15 December 2017 until 31 January 2018.