iCSC Frequently Asked Questions

Why an inverted CSC?

Because we noted that at regular CSCs, the sum of the knowledge of the students often exceeds that of the lecturer teaching at that time, and that it is not infrequent  to find someone in the room who knows more than the lecturer on a particular aspect. Why not to try and exploit this?  This is the idea behind  iCSC, which was prototyped in 2005.

Who will provide lectures?

Only selected CSC2011 and CSC2012  students.

When and where?

25-26 February 2013, at CERN,  Building 513, Room 513-1-024 (first floor)

Who can attend?

Anyone interested, attendance is fully free

Should I register?

This is not mandatory if you work on the CERN site. But it is recommended:  If you do register, you will get a hard-copy of the lecture handouts (first registered, first served). This will also help us for the logistics.

I am not at CERN, may I attend?

Yes as long as you have some connection to CERN.

  • If you already do have CERN access card, just use it to enter the site.

  • If you have no CERN access card, you are expected to provide the name of someone at CERN (a guarantor) who will vouch for you.

    • Register by email with the name of your guarantor.

    • After verification with the guarantor, an access card will be prepared for you.

    • Failure to do so will prevent you to enter the site.

How is the programme organized?

The school lasts one and a half day. Lectures are logically clustered into two main themes and two special lectures.

May I attend only one theme?

Yes of course, attendance is fully free.

May I attend only one or a few lectures?

Yes. Lectures, though most of them form a consistent series, are structured to be followed rather independently. Some have more "fundamentals" components, other tackle more in-depth topics.

However, to avoid disturbing classes, we ask you to not enter or leave the classroom during lectures. There is always at least a ten-minute break between any two consecutive lectures, so that participants can easily come in or quit the classroom between lectures.

Will there be handouts?

Yes, a printed version for those who have registered (first registered, first served), and web access for the others.

I am a former CSC2012 student. Anything special for me?

Yes, as a former CSC2012 student in Uppsala, if you register, you are welcome to participate in a dinner in Restaurant No. 1 on Monday  25 February  at  19.00 hours. If attending the dinner, confirm your participation in your registration email.

Where does the programme come from?

CSC2011 and  CSC2012 students interested in contributing in iCSC-2013 made proposals via an electronic discussion forum. The school theme coordinators selected the best / most relevant proposals . Mentors were then appointed for every lecture, to review the content and control the quality of the material

Is there a common dominator between themes?

Yes, the idea is that the lecturers go one step further than the tuition delivered at the main CSC, focusing on novel ideas and technologies. Most of what will be taught at iCSC has rarely been taught at CERN before.