On Thursday, November 16th, 2017, the Physics Department at An-Najah National University concluded the activities of the Second Winter School of High Energy Physics in Palestine (WISHEPP II) which were held over a week from November 12th – November 16th, 2017.
The conclusion ceremony was held at the Faculty of Science meetings room in the New Campus in the presence of Dr. Sabri Saidam, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Professor Maher Natsheh, Acting President of An-Najah, An-Najah vice presidents and assistants, Dr. Raed Koni, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Maen Ishtaiwi, Head of the Physics Department, Dr. Ahmed Bassalat, Chair of WISHEPP and staff member at the Physics Department, Prof. Achille Stocchi, Director of LAL and Co-Chair of the WISHEPP, and Mr. Patrick Fassnacht, representing CERN as well as other notable guests and attendees.
Prof. Stocchi gave a presentation on the Winter School phases and activities. He commended the University staff and students for their efforts in making the event a success. He also announced that the 3rd Winter School will be held on November 15th, 2018.
In his speech, Dr. Saidam stressed the importance of attracting as many school students to enroll in the physics programme.
He also announced that the school representatives discussed with the European partner the establishment of a centre of excellence in high energy physics in Palestine and that the University will soon sign an agreement to develop the protocols to establish this centre.
Dr. Bassalat mentioned that through the 2nd Winter School, we were able to offer five scholarships (in the first phase) to the physics students in cooperation with LAL, two of which will include conducting a research over three months and three of which will be over five months. He added that the scholarships will be completed with full MSc scholarship programmes at LAL.
He also said that the centre idea generated through an agreement between An-Najah National University and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the one hand and the Ministry of Education and CERN in the other.
At the end of the ceremony, the participants were offered plaques, certificates and gifts.