Summer Program Introduces Students to Cutting-Edge Physics

On July 14th, brilliant high school students from across the globe will head to Canada’s Perimeter Institute to attend the International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP), an intensive two-week program that tackles modern physics concepts from quantum to cosmos.

July 14, 2016 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – They are coming from across the globe to study the quantum world and our expanding universe at the world’s largest theoretical physics research hub. Forty exceptional secondary-level students – coming from as far afield as Hong Kong, Germany, and Chile – will attend the International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP) at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics from July 14 to 27, 2016.

Over a two week period, participants will tackle quantum mechanics, special and general relativity, the cosmic microwave background, black holes, and gravitational waves, while receiving mentorship from Perimeter researchers. They will also hear from award-winning theoretical physicist Lee Smolin, as well as quantum experts Rob Spekkens and Lauren Hayward, cosmologist Matt Johnson, and Perimeter Director Neil Turok. Participants will also visit the Institute for Quantum Computing (an experimental quantum science research centre at the University of Waterloo) and SNOLAB (an underground neutrino and dark matter lab two kilometres beneath Sudbury, Ontario).

“These students really are the next generation of exceptional physics talent,” says Greg Dick, Director of Educational Outreach at PI. “The ISSYP program is meant to spark their imaginations, challenge their physics knowledge, and prepare them for the pursuit of physics at the university level.”

RBC Foundation is the Presenting Partner of ISSYP.

More information on the ISSYP program, including important dates, eligibility requirements, and a full list of 2016 participants, can be found at

Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.


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