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MOOC : communicating knowledge to a large public

Pierre Binétruy : Shooting of Gravity!

New ways for the dissemination of scientific knowledge have recently appeared. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) represent a new way of reaching a large interested public, using innovative technologies and teaching skills. They also create a community thanks to forums, interactive exercises and hangouts.

Gravité!, first MOOC of the Endowment Fund, which took place in the spring of 2015, presents the fascinating world of the Universe without any mathematical formula!

Gravity! the second MOOC proposed by the Endowment fund is addressed to an English-speaking public. With a format similar to the French Gravité!, it has been launched in the Fall of 2015 on the British platform Futurelearn, with an impressive success (70 000 registered learners throughout the world).

Donations received by the endowment fund are used to meet the costs of achieving MOOCs: materials for the realization of MOOCs, filming, editing, animation, communication ...

 

Discover the teaser of the MOOC Gravity!

Register your interest in the English Mooc Gravity! on Futurelearn

While waiting for the French 2016 edition, find the full program of Gravité! on France Université Numérique

Or visit our site Gravity.paris dedicated to the current events on the gravity

 

Teaching the Universe: Training educators

It is a challenge for teachers to answer all the questions that young people have on the Universe, to satisfy their curiosity on topical issues, to generate scientific vocations…

The training workshop « Teaching the Universe » focuses on the main concepts in the field and helps teachers to become familiar with them through different means: basic experiments, interviews, concept maps…

The Endowment Fund supports the annual training workshops « Teaching the Universe ». These 3-day workshops are open each Fall to some 40 high-schools teachers.

                                                             

Teachers questioning G.Smoot

Donations received by the endowment fund allow to support the costs of organizing workshops: meeting room rental, meals, accommodation ...

Find past years Teaching the Universe video and presentations on this site

 

Master grants

The Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics is receiving numerous applications from foreign master students for an internship in the Paris laboratories in order to profit from the excellent scientific environment and learn about research methodology. For the last two years, the Centre has initiated a visit programme to welcome some of the best of these students.

The Endowment Fund grants master scholarships of an amount of 6 000 euros to foreign students for a several month visit. Donations received by the Endowment Fund allow to finance the travel and local expenses for the foreign student, as well as the costs of management and research necessary to the realization of their project.

Scholarships are granted by the Fund on presentation of candidates by the laboratories.

 

Doctoral grants

Some ten doctoral theses are defended each year in the AstroParticle and Cosmology laboratory of Paris Diderot University, about four times as many in all the laboratories associated with the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics. Detection of gravitational waves with the Virgo interferometer, search for dark matter, origin of cosmic rays, large survey of galaxies with the Euclid space mission… There are numerous research fields which attract excellent students.

The Endowment Fund grants doctoral scholarships of a total amount of 130,000 euros for a three year Ph.D. Donations received by the Endowment Fund allow to finance the salary of the PhD students as well as the costs of management and research (equipment, consumables, travel expenses ...) necessary to the realization of the thesis.

Scholarships are granted by the Fund on presentation of candidates by the PCCP. The theses are then made in one of the associated laboratories, and the student is an active member of PCCP for the duration of his/her thesis.

 

Post-Doctoral grants

The Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics has developed an annual programme of post-doctoral grants called « PCCP fellowships ». Each year, more than 150 young researchers have applied to this programme. Research themes are those covered by the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics, from cosmology to gravitation. The « PCCP fellowship » programme has reached international recognition and attracts yearly some of the best prospective postdocs. PCCP fellows are essential to Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics: they actively participate in the scientific animation of the Center and they profit from its international prestige to boost their own career.

The Endowment Fund grants post-doctoral scholarships of an amount of 150,000 euros for two years. Donations received by the Endowment Fund allow to finance the salary of the post-doc and the costs of management and research (equipment, consumables, travel expenses ...) necessary to carry out the research.

Scholarships are granted by the Fund on presentation of candidates by the laboratories.

 

Conference: « Cosmological frontiers in fundamental physics »

For the last several years, the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics (with the collaboration of the AstroParticle and Cosmology laboratory) has organised an annual scientific workshop with the Solvay Institutes in Brussels and the Perimeter Institute of Waterloo, Canada. This workshop is organised in turn in Paris, Brussels and Waterloo. It allows the scientific community to discuss the latest theories and results in the physics of the Universe and gathers some of the best internationally recognized scientists, such as Stephen Hawking who joined several editions, the latest of which in Brussels in 2015. The conference is supported in Brussels by the famous Solvay Foundation, which initiated similar conferences in the 1920’s and by Mike Lazarides, founder of Blackberry, for the Perimeter Institute.

The donation will support the organisation of this prestigious conference by the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics in Paris.

Brussels 1911 : First Solvay congress

Find the Solvay conferences programme.

 

Research Programs

"Nobels" Academy at APC 2013

The Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics is implied in many high profile research programmes. Some of them are technological ones, such as the development of new detectors for cosmology. Others are linked to data processing in connection with large experiments, with a special emphasis in problems such as big data, data mining and the use of the cloud. At last, some research programmes prepare the large projects of the next decade, particularly the exploration of the Universe thanks to the eLISA gravitational wave space observatory.

Donations received by the endowment fund are used to co-finance specific projects within the major international research programmes, to initiate new innovative projects or to accelerate the analysis of the large data sets collected by various space missions.

Find the APC Laboratory scientific projects on YouTube

 

Art and science

Attila Csorgo - Squaring the Circle

The science of the Universe is a subject that draws questioning, wonder and imagination. Big Bang, black holes, dark energy, early Universe, vacuum energy are a source of inspiration for artists. Artists’ creativity feeds also the scientist mind. In order to facilitate a crossed-fertilization between art and science, the Paris Centre for Cosmological Physics opens its laboratories to artists in residence. The Endowment Fund grants artist residences thanks to a call for proposals.

The Endowment Fund grants artist residences of an amount of 18 000 euros for three months.

Donations received by the Endowment Fund are used to support the residence of the artist in the laboratory and the necessary material for the artistic production.

Scholarships are awarded by the call for projects on the Endowment Fund.

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