TIARA Survey

Education and Training

A survey of the provision of training in accelerator science was performed between September 2011 and January 2012. Approximately 100 institutes were contacted in the TIARA member states: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In addition to those from the TIARA member states, responses were received from several institutes in Greece and the Netherlands. A total of 88 institutes provided data for the survey.



Trainee types

In order to account for the population differences, the number of trainees for the year 2011 was normalised by the population of each country. With this normalisation, the spread in accelerator science student numbers between countries is much reduced, though there are still large differences between the relative populations being trained in different countries.


Distribution of the percentage of formal training time that is spent on accelerator science, reported by institutes that offer formal training to each category of trainee. The majority of accelerator trainees spend less than 50% of their training time on accelerator science.

Career destinations

Accelerator schools

Accelerator schools represent an important training mechanism. In 2011, institutes reported sending 339 people to attend international and/or national accelerator schools. The most attended international schools are the CERN Accelerator Schools (CAS), the Joint Universities Accelerator School (JUAS), the U.S. Particle Accelerator Schools (USPAS) and the Linear Collider School. CERN sends a significant number for training to the CAS. Poland sends a significant number for training at its WILGA school.

For more information, see the Education and Training Survey Report.

To access all the results of the TIARA education and training survey, click here.