For the past four years, The International Summer School in Theoretical Physics has brought together young scientists as well as honorary guests to discuss current issues in the field and present their research and findings.

This is the second year that the summer school, which is held at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA), has been funded by FAR through the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF). Other funders include the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (a part of UNESCO), and the Regional Doctoral Program in Theoretical and Experimental Particle Physics, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation.

The summer school, which runs for six days, hosts about 50 Master’s, PhD and postdoctoral students from places like Armenia, Iran, Georgia, Russia, Greece, Turkey and Ukraine.

Camal Hajian, a postdoc from the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences IPM in Tehran, has attended the school every summer since it started. “First of all, it is a great way of keeping in touch with fellow physicists while also making new connections,” Hajian said. “The school provides interesting opportunities. Last year, I met a scientist from Russia and we started a project and published a paper together.”

“This school is very important for Armenia as it is being recognized, which leads more scientists to want to do their PhDs in Armenia. It also is very good for Armenia in general,” said Armen Nersessian of Yerevan Physics Institute and Yerevan State University, and an organizer of the summer school.

Professor Elias Kiritsis from Crete University also highlighted the school’s importance in terms of connecting scientists across the region as well as creating a platform for them to share their ideas and research results. “Any summer school is very important as you can’t bring all people to Europe or to the United States so it is good to organize the schools in other regions like this one. From what I can see and from the discussions I’ve had with the students, it seems the summer school was effective.”