Training the next generation of accelerator scientists and researchers is one of the core missions of the Cockcroft Institute. We presently train around 1/3 of European postgraduates carrying out research in accelerator science.

Our series of postgraduate-level lectures are provided as a free online resource. Presented at our main Daresbury Campus and also available online (both live and recorded), our introductory courses are given annually during the autumn semester, with advanced courses given in the spring/summer semester. Our taught material covers topics under the themes of general accelerator science, RF systems, beam dynamics, magnets and short-wavelength accelerators (such as plasma and dielectric accelerators). All lectures are given by internationally-respected physicists and engineers.  An exciting seminar series augments this, and we invite both internal and external speakers to present their world-leading research at the CI.

In addition, CI has been the driving force behind a number of European training initiatives in accelerator science and technology. Through the DITANET (beam diagnostics), oPAC (Optimization of Particle Accelerators), LA³NET (Laser Applications at Accelerators), OMA (Optimization of Medical Accelerators) and AVA (Accelerators Validating Antimatter physics) projects, CI researchers have proposed and coordinated some of the largest training initiatives in Europe – in any scientific area.

The CI also organizes many events including international schools, topical workshops and conferences for the wider accelerator community. You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed about all upcoming events.

You can join the Cockcroft Institute through an internship or PhD opportunity.

Any questions or feedback should be addressed to:
Professor Andy Wolski, Head of Education and Training or Dr Lee Jones, Head of Outreach