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KSETA Topical Courses February/March 2024

The next topical courses of KSETA will be held from February 19th to March 1st, 2024.

The following courses are offered:

  1. The Standard Model Effective Field Theory: theory and phenomenological applications (broader; all)
    Ilaria Brivio (University of Bologna)
  2. Dynamics of spacetime: gravitational waves and cosmology (broader; all)
    Bjoern Malte Schaefer (Uni. of Heidelberg) (materials)
  3. Scientific Writing (better; all)
    CJ Fitzsimons (Leadership Sculptor) (course description, materials)
  4. Ethics in the lab (better; all)
    Alexander Bagattini (KIT)
  5. Brane Dynamics (deeper/broader; Theoretical Particle Physicists)
    Marco Bonetti (KIT)
  6. Introduction and practical exercises: Detection of ionizing radiation (broader; for students without practical knowledge of ionizing radiation)
    Joachim Wolf (KIT)
  7. Electroweak symmetry breaking and physics of extended Higgs sectors (broader; Particle and Astroparticle Physicists)
    Georg Weiglein (DESY) (Materials)
  8. Acceleration and transport of galactic cosmic rays (broader; Astroparticle Physicists)
    Philipp Mertsch (RWTH AAchen) (Materials)

KSETA Topical Courses September/October 2023

The next KSETA Topical Courses will be held from September 18th to 25th, 2023 and from October 2nd to 6th, 2023.

The following courses are offered:

  1. FPGA programming with hands on (broader; all)
    Timo Muscheid (KIT) and Lukas Scheller (KIT)
  2. Presenting Science: How to prepare a scientific presentation with impact! (better; all) (materials)
    Cigdem Issever (HU Berlin)
  3. Medical Physics in Radiation Therapy (broader; all)
    Niklas Wahl (DKFZ), Tim Gehrke (DKFZ) and Oliver Jäkel (DKFZ)
  4. Philosophy of Science (broader; all)
    Rafaela Hillerbrand (KIT)
  5. The BPHZ theorem: a decisive turn in the history of quantum field theory (deeper; Theoretical Particle Physicists) (materials)
    Sergey Volkov (KIT)
  6. Tools and Techniques for Sustainable Research Software Development (broader; all)
    René Caspart (KIT) and Michele Mesiti (KIT)
  7. Julius Wess Lecture - Selected Topics on Instrumentation for Particle and Astroparticle Physics
    Elena Aprile (Columbia University, USA) (Mehr info.)

KSETA Topical Courses March 2023

The next KSETA Topical Courses will take place from March 6 to 17, 2023. Most courses will take place in room 6/1, building 30.23, despite the course “Basics of Science Communication” which will take place in room 3/1, and the “Chip design course” which will be held entirely online. The registration is open till 26th of February.

The following courses are offered:

  1. From the trees to the forest: neutrino
    masses and connections to new physics
    (deeper; for  theoreticians)
    Michael Schmidt (UNSW, Sydney)
  2. Superconducting Quantum Technology (broader; all)
    Sebastian Kempf
  3. Multi-Messenger Data Analysis (deeper; for astroparticle physicists)
    Markus Ahlers (NBI, Copenhagen)
  4. Modern Machine Learning for Particle
    (broader; all)
    Claudius Krause (Uni. Heidelberg)
  5. Basics of Science Communication (better; all) - Number of participants limited to 12
    Christian Scharun (NaWIK)
  6. Solving problems in High Energy Physics with
    the help of Mathematica
    (and other tools) (broader; all)
    Thomas Hahn (MPP, München)
  7. Chip design course (broader; all) (lectures, lectures with comments)
    Ivan Peric

KSETA Topical Courses February 2022

  1. Introduction to general relativity for experimentalists (broader)
    E. Hackmann (Bremen) (part I-III, part IV)
  2. Monte Carlo simulations (broader)
    S. Gieseke (KIT) (lecture)
  3. Statistical methods in particle physics data analysis (broader)
    A. Meyer (DESY) (course materials, log-in details)
  4. Introduction to Parallel Computing on multiand many-cores architectures (broader) - max. 20 Teilnehmer
    F. Pantaleo (CERN) (course materials)
  5. FPGA programming / signal processing (broader) - max. 16 Teilnehmer
    O. Sander et al. (KIT) (lecture)
  6. Managing physical and mental health in a high-stress environment (better) - max. 12 Teilnehmer
    M. Maurer (Training Scientists) (lecture)

KSETA course of Dr. Ingo Allekotte

From December 7 to 10, 2021 Dr. Ingo Allekotte from Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina, gave a series of online lectures on the Cosmic Rays of the Highest Energies. This lecture is part of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics and the Helmholtz International School HIRSAP between UNSAM and KIT. The lecture materials can be found under the following link: Lecture.

KSETA Topical Courses October 2021

  1. Introduction to quantum physics (broader)
    U. Husemann (KIT) (part I, part II)
  2. OLED-displays: From fundamental solid state physics to a multi-billion € industry (broader)
    U. Lemmer (KIT) (lecture)
  3. Introduction to Machine Learning and Deep Learning (broader)
    S. Kast (Bosch) (lecture)
  4. Baryogenesis (deeper) 
    M. Shaposhnikov (EPFL) (lecture)
  5. Scientific Journalism (better) 
    R. Krauter (Deutschlandradio) (file I, file II, file III, lecture, lecture recording)
  6. Broad introduction into modern experimental particle physics (broader)
    F. Hartmann (KIT) (lectures)
  7. Low-Temperature (Superconductive) Detectors (broader)
    S. Kempf (KIT) (lecture)
  8. Neutrino mass phenomenology (broader)
    W. Rodejohann (MPIK) (lectures and extra material)

KSETA Topical Courses March 2021

  1. Scientific presentation (better) Maximal 12 Teilnehmer!
    E. Magyarosi
  2. Organic Semi-conductors (broader)
    W. Wenzel (INT), A. Colsmann (LTI)
  3. Introduction to astroparticle physics (broader)
    D. Kang (IAP), D. Veberic (IAP) (part I) (part II) (part III) (part IV)
  4. Statistical methods in particle physics data analysis (broader)
    A. Meyer (DESY) (part I) (part II)
  5. High Performance Computing at KIT (broader)
    J. Buchmüller, M. Götz, S. Braun (SCC) (part I) (part II) (part III)
  6. Observational Cosmology (broader)
    H. Hildebrandt (Uni Bochum) (recording I) (recording II) (recording III)


KSETA Topical Courses, September/October 2020

  • Feynman Diagrams in Condensed Matter Theory (broader; for theoreticians and experimentalists)
    Markus Garst (TFP) (materials)
  • Projectmanagement (better; for all)
    Udo Erdmann (TIBER)
  • Scientific writing (better; for all). 
    Note: number of participants limited to 12! 
    C. Fitzsimons
  • Neutrino physics (broader; for theoreticians, experimentalists and engineers)
    Th. Schwetz-Mangold (lecture 1, lecture 2, lecture 3, lecture 4)
  • Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics (broader; theoreticians and experimentalists)
    Roderich Tumulka 
    YouTube video with the course:
  • System-on-Chip (ASIC) (deeper; experimentalists and engineers)
    I. Peric (IPE) 
  • Introduction to Machine Learning and Deep Learning (broader; for theoreticians, experimentalists and engineers)
    Simon Kast (Bosch)



KSETA Topical Courses, September/October 2019

  1. Introduction to quantum computing (broader; for all)
    M. Marthaler (HQS GmbH), I. Pop (PHI)
    (Due to very large files we kindly ask you to contact Beatrix von Puttkamer, if you want to download the material of M. Marthaler)
  2. Understanding Machine Learning Methods (deeper; for specialists)
    Stefan Wunsch (ETP) (presentation and material)
  3. Advanced topics in QCD: Soft-Collinear-Effective-Field-Theory, resummation
    (deeper; for theoreticians)
    Guido Bell (Uni Siegen) (part I), (part II), (part III), (part IV)
  4. Human made Climate Change: Facts, Mechanism, Causes (broader; for all)
    Thomas Leisner (IMK) et al. (part I), (part II), (part III), (part IV)
  5. Graph Theory (with connection to Feynman diagrams) (broader; for theoreticians)
    S. Schlag, D. Hespe, S. Lamm (ITI)
  6. Symmetry principles of particle physics (broader; for experimentalists)
    Ulrich Nierste (TTP), Matthias Linster (TTP)
  7. Observational Astronomy (broader)
    Victoria Grinberg (Uni Tübingen)
    (Due to very large files we kindly ask you to contact Beatrix von Puttkamer, if you want to download the material of Victoria Grinberg)
  8. Basics of Machine Learning (broader; for all)
    Simon Kast (Bosch)



KSETA Topical Courses, April 2019

  • Introduction to Regge theory and Gribovs Reggeon calculus (deeper; for theoreticians)
    Klaus Werner (U Nantes) (presentation)
  • Machine learning, deep learning (broader; for theoreticians, experimentalists, engineers)
    Gregor Kasiezka (DESY) (presentation)
  • Applying Python in Scientific Computing (broader; for theoreticians, experimentalists, engineers)
    Manuel Giffels (KIT)
    (Due to very large files we kindly ask you to contact Beatrix von Puttkamer, if you want to download the material of Manuel Giffels)
  • Introduction and use of Raspberry Pi
    (broader; for theoreticians, experimentalists, engineers; max. 20 participants)
    Bernhard Siebenborn, Christoph Heidecker (KIT) (presentation)
  • Introduction to string theory (broader; for theoreticians)
    Erik Plauschinn (LMU) (presentation)
  • Gamma-ray astronomy (deeper)
    Gernot Maier (DESY) (room 10/1!) (presentation)
  • Scientific Journalism (better; for all)
    Ralf Krauter (Deutschlandradio) (presentation)



KSETA Plenary Workshop, February 2019

Pictures of the cooking course: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)



KSETA Seminar with Prof. Francis Halzen (Wess Lecture), October 2018

High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics (presentation)



KSETA Topical Courses, September/Oktober 2018

  • Unitarity methods (deeper; for theoreticians)
    Fernando Febres Cordero (U Freiburg)
  • Probing the early Universe with Gravitational Waves (broader; for experimentalists, theoreticians)
    Daniel Figueroa (EPFL)
  • Physics of cosmic accelerators (deeper; experimentalists, for theoreticians)
    Foteini Oikonomou (ESO, Munich) (Generic Source Properties) (Steady Sources) (Transient Sources)
  • Cosmology: expanding space and expanding confusion (deeper; for theoreticians)
    Björn Malte Schäfer (U Heidelberg)
  • Applied Bayesian Data Analysis in Astroparticle Physics (deeper; for experimentalists, theoreticians)
    Kevin Kröninger (CERN)
  • Nonrelativistic QCD (deeper; for theoreticians)
    Alexander Penin (U Alberta, Canada)
  • What to do after leaving science (better; for all)
    Udo Erdmann (TIBER)
  • Self-assessment and Application (better; for all; max. 15 participants)
    Doris Brenner (extern)



KSETA Topical Courses, March 2018

  • General theoretical concepts on particle physics (broader; for engineers and experimentalists) Monika Blanke (KIT) (Presentation)
  • What do I need, if I will leave science towards industry? (better; for all) Udo Erdmann (TIBER)
  • Scientific writing (better; for all) William Uber   (Doc 1)  (Doc 2)  (Doc 3)  (Doc 4)
  • Classical solutions for elementary particle physics (broader; for theoreticians) Frans Klinkhamer (KIT)
  • How to write maintainable software (broader; for all); Martin Heck (KIT)
  • From the farmers' almanac to exascale computing – the challenge of predicting the weather (broader; for all) Peter Knippertz (KIT) (Presentation)
  • Particle physics for astroparticle physicists (broader; for astroparticle physicists) Roger Wolf, Matthias Mozer (both KIT) (Download material here)



KSETA Seminar with Prof. Robert Klanner (Wess Lecture), January 24 - 26, 2018



October 2017 – KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (UNSAM)

Scientific Philosophy


Particle acceleration in astrophysics



KSETA Topical Courses, September 2017

  • Software Design for Scientists (better); Benedikt Hegner (CERN)
  • Introduction to Multivariate Classification: Traditional Techniques and Deep Learning (better); Thomas Keck (KIT)
  • Quantum Field Theory for Experimentalists (broader); Michael Rauch (KIT)
  • Neutrino Physics and neutrino Oscillations (deeper); Christian Weinheimer (Uni Münster) (Presentation)
  • Self-assessment and Application (better); Doris Brenner (Personal Trainer)
  • General Theoretical Concepts on Particle Physics (broader); N.N. – postponed to spring 2018
  • Introduction to Graph Theory (broader); Daniel Funke (KIT)
  • Modern Silicon Detectors (deeper); Ivan Peric (KIT)



KSETA Topical Courses, March/April 2017



KSETA Topical Courses, September 2016



KSETA Seminar with Prof. Lisa Randall (Wess Lecture), July 7 - 8, 2016

  • Lecture 1: New Ideas about Dark Matter (pdf, 2 MB)
  • Lecture 2: Warped Geometry – Consequences and Signatures (pdf, 8 MB)



KSETA Seminar with Prof. Esteban Roulet, July 4 - 15, 2016



KSETA Topical Courses, April 2016

  • The Philosophy of Physics (better); Norman Sieroka (ETH Zürich)
  • Slavnov-Taylor-Identities and SUSY breaking in Dimensional Reduction (deeper); Dominik Stoeckinger (TU Dresden)
  • Particle Physics for Engineers (broader); Marc Weber (KIT/IPE)
  • Data Visualization and Presenting (broader); Siemon Niemes (KIT/ETP) (pdf 400 kB)
  • Introduction to computer aided design (CAD) (broader); Thomas Huber (KIT)
  • Introduction to neutrino physics (broader); Michael Wurm (Univ. Mainz)
    (pdf I, 7 MB), (pdf II, 19 MB), (pdf III, 23 MB), (pdf IV, 18 MB)



KSETA Topical Courses, Oktober 2015

  • Introduction into the concepts of theoretical particle physics for experimental physicists (broader); Monika Blanke (KIT/TTP and IKP) (pdf, 11 MB)
  • Particle physics for engineers and others (broader); Marc Weber (KIT/IPE)
  • Modern silicon detectors (deeper); Ivan Peric (KIT/IPE) (pdf, 6 MB)
  • Effective Field Theory (deeper); Thomas Becher (Uni Bern) (pdf 1, 6 MB) (pdf 2, 2 MB) (pdf 3, 3 MB) (pdf 4, 4 MB)
  • Time and Selfmanagement in Science (better); Sita Schanne (Uni Heidelberg)
  • How to write a world class paper – workshop on International publishing (better); (Henri van Dorssen, UK; Dagmar Gebauer, D; both Elsevier)
  • Multivariate data analysis: New techniques and developments in the recent years (broader); Stefan Ohm (DESY Zeuthen) (Materials)
  • Parton Shower Monte Carlo (broader); Stefan Gieseke (KIT/ITP)
  • What do I need, if I will leave science towards industry? (better); Udo Erdmann (TIBER)(pdf, 4 MB)


"Silicon Detectors: Principles and Technology" with Carl Haber, October 21 - 23, 2015

      Materials: pdf, 11 MB


KSETA Seminar with Prof. Arkady Vainshtein (Wess Lecture), June/July 2015


KSETA Topical Courses,  March 2015



KSETA Plenary Workshop in Durbach, March 2015


Wednesday, March 4:

  • Nuclear input for supernova and explosive nucleosynthesis calculations (Karl-Heinz Langanke, GSI Darmstadt) (pdf, 3,5 MB), (Video 1, 7 MB)
  • Mechanism for a bounded and discrete mass spectrum of fermions (Lu Yang, ITP) (pdf, 200 KB)
  • Simulation of multi-jet events (Johannes Bellm, TTP) (pdf, 4 MB)
  • Detector development (Frank Hartmann, KIT) (pdf 20 MB)
  • Shielding concepts for next generation DM experiments (Geertje Heuermann, IKP) (pdf, 16 MB)
  • A High-Performance Smart Camera platform for Scientific Applications (Uros Stevanovic, IPE) (pdf, 12 MB)


Thursday, March 5:

  • Probing Cosmological Models with the Cosmic Microwave Background (Jochen Weller, Univ. Munich, Sternwarte)
    (pdf, 8 MB)
  • Higgsbosonmassen in Supersymmetrie (David Kunz, TTP) (pdf, 2 MB)
  • CMS Level 1 Track Trigger – An FPGA Approach (Tanja Harbaum, ITIV) (pdf, 6 MB)
  • Neutrino mass and cosmology (Kai Zuber, TU Dresden) (pdf, 17 MB)
  • Jet Production in Top-Quark Pair Events Measured with CMS (Alexis Descroix, ETP) (pdf, 5 MB)
  • Ultra-high energy cosmic rays: the discovered and yet unknown (Alexander Schulz, IKP) (pdf, 14 MB)
  • CMOS Sensors (Ivan Peric, KIT) (pdf, 10 MB)


Friday, March 6:

  • Methods for precision calculations (Thomas Gehrmann, Univ. Zürich) (pdf, 3 MB)
  • Work function studies of gold surfaces for the Rear Wall of the KATRIN experiment (Kerstin Schönung, TLK) (pdf, 23 MB)
  • CMS Pixel Upgrade (Stefan Heindl, ETP) (pdf, 9 MB)
  • Beautiful ways to new physics (Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer, Univ. Heidelberg) (pdf, 2 MB)
  • Belle II-PXD Hit-Recovery by Online-Cluster-Analysis on FPGAs (Steffen Bähr, ITIV) (pdf, 8 MB)
  • Analysis of Higgs to Tau-Tau events with the CMS detector (Thomas Müller, ETP) (pdf, 5 MB)
  • Computing and data handling for weather forecast (Gerhard Adrian, DWD) (pdf, 10 MB)




Lectures with Prof. Gustavo Romero, October/November 2014


KSETA Seminar with Prof. Takaaki Kajita (Wess Lecture), July 2014


KSETA Topical courses, April 2014

  • Projekt management (better); Udo Erdmann, Fa. Tiber
  • Applying Python in Scientific Computing (broader); Benjamin Fuchs, KIT (zip, 800 KB)
  • High Energy Neutrino Astronomy (broader); Thierry Pradier, IPHC, CNRS HE (pdf, 17MB), LE (pdf, 25 MB)
  • Introduction and use of Raspberry Pi (broader); Hermann-Josef Mathes, KIT presentation (pdf, 2MB), examples (winRAR, 17KB), handout (pdf, 21 KB)
  • Writing the doctoral thesis (better); Beate Bornschein, KIT (zip, 11 MB)
  • Multivariate methods of data analysis (TMVA) (broader); Helge Voss, CERN (pdf, 150 KB)
  • Parallel Software Design for Scientists (broader); Benedikt Hegner, CERN
  • Scientific presentations (better); Erika Magyarosi, extern



KSETA Plenary Workshop in Bad Herrenalb, February 2014


Monday, February 24:

  • Welcome and Introduction (Prof. Johannes Blümer, IKP, Prof. Ulrich Nierste, TTP) (pdf, 7 MB)
  • Composition of space-time (Gia Dvali, LMU) (pdf, 9 MB)
  • High-precision activity monitoring of the KATRIN tritium source by beta induced x-ray spectrometry (Marco Roellig, ITEP) (pdf, 19 MB)
  • Radiation hard silicon detectors (Martin Printz, ETP) (pdf, 4 MB)
  • Discovery of a Higgs boson - The role of theory (Robert Harlander, Univ. Wuppertal) (pdf, 14 MB)
  • First evidence for Higgs decays into Tau leptons (Joram Berger, ETP) (pdf, 4 MB)
  • Enhancing the Sensitivity of Raman Spectroscopy for Tritium Gas Analysis (Simone Rupp, ITEP) (pdf, 3 MB)


Tuesday, February 25:

  • LHC Computing: Achievements and Outlook for the Future (Ian Bird, CERN) Teil 1 (30 MB) , Teil 2 (6 MB)
  • How helicopters help chasing cosmic rays (Felix Werner, IKP) (pdf, 5 MB)
  • Ultra fast X-ray imaging of dynamic processes in science with GPUs (Matthias Vogelgesang, IPE) (pdf, 1 MB)
  • Probing inflation with the cosmic microwave background (Subir Sarkar, Oxford) (pdf, 17 MB)
  • The radio sound of cosmic rays (Daniel Huber, IKP) (6 MB)


Wednesday, February 26:

  • Neutrino physics (David Wark, Oxford) (pdf, 7 MB)
  • Rare decays of B mesons (Thomas Hermann, TTP) (pdf, 2 MB)
  • First measurements with the KATRIN spectrometer (Stefan Groh, ETP) (pdf, 6 MB)
  • Stability of the ground state in the Standard Model (Max Zoller, TTP) (pdf, 200 KB)
  • The transition from a galactic to an extra-galactic origin of cosmic rays (Sven Schoo, IKP) (pdf, 5 MB)
  • Astroparticle physics (Christian Weinheimer, Univ. Münster) (pdf, 16 MB)
  • The new data acquisition system for the EDELWEISS Dark Matter experiment (Bernhard Siebenborn, KIT) (pdf, 29 MB)
  • Atmospheric Influence on Cosmic Ray Detection (Stefanie Falk, IKP) (pdf, 3 MB)


KSETA Topical courses, October / November 2013


KSETA Topical courses, February 2013

  • Elementary particle physics and cosmology for engineers (and others)
  • Informatics: Big-Data Tools - part 1 [pdf, 5.6mb], - part 2 [pdf, 2.2mb], - part 4 [pdf, 4.8mb]
  • Parallel software design for scientists [zip, 34mb]
  • Electronics for detector builders [pdf, 700kb]
  • Monte Carlo Event Generators [pdf]
  • Introduction to astroparticle physics, cosmology and neutrino physics [pdf]
  • Detector technology in direct Dark Matter searches - part 1 [pdf, 7.4mb] - part 2 [pdf, 11.3mb]