The theme of the 2018 edition of the school is “What’s Next: Challenges and Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Fundamental Physics“.
Celebrated by the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017, the detection of gravitational waves heralded a new era for the investigation of cosmic objects with multiple cosmic messengers. Still, multi-messenger astronomy is just one of the many challenges physics research will face in the next future. From the search for new elementary particles to the ongoing hunt of dark matter’s components, from the quest for smaller and cheaper accelerators to the technologies requested by the advent of big data science, a whole range of exciting opportunities is opening up, both theoretical and experimental.
However, none of this will succeed if the scientists’ efforts will not be understood and supported by the general public and the policymakers. It will be the task of science journalists and communicators, along with the scientists themselves, to ensure that this happens.
Therefore, the course will provide, through scientific lectures, discussions and interactive sessions, the appropriate tools for journalists and communicators to cover in the most fitting and engaging way the progress of physics research in the coming years.