Meet our Team



S’Cool LAB is run by an international team of physics education researchers and support personnel.

Click on any of our pictures below to find out more about what each of us does!

Alexandra
PhD Student &
Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Jansky

PhD Student & Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Jansky is a high school teacher for physics and mathematics. She is currently working on her PhD project in physics education research at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with the University of Vienna. She is interested in students’ conceptions and the educational use of new technologies (for example: Pixeldetectors or 3D printers).


Joined S'Cool LAB: July 2015

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: X-rays Workshop

Favourite particle: Strange quark

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Alex
PhD student &
online learning manager

Alex Brown

PhD student & online learning manager

Alexander Brown has a background in hands-on science communication in Bristol and Bath, UK. He is currently carrying out a PhD at the Institut Universitaire pour la Formation des Enseignants at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research looks into the use of online learning tools to prepare high school students for visits to CERN’s S’Cool LAB and teachers’ motivations for field trips.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: DIY Cloud Chambers

Favourite particle: Up quarks

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Irtaza
Technical Student &
Computer engineer

Irtaza Syed

Technical Student & Computer Engineer

Irtaza has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and he is currently approaching his master's degree in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is presently working on various development projects at CERN, Geneva in cooperation with his university in Karlsruhe. Irtaza is interested in designing and developing interactive systems which is also the field of specialization of his master studies.


Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2017

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Favourite particle: Charm Quark (because it's charming)

Jeff
S'Cool LAB Architect &
Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff Wiener

S'Cool LAB Architect & Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff worked as a high school teacher for physics, philosophy, and psychology in Vienna, Austria. He then joined CERN to pursue his PhD in physics education research in cooperation with the University of Vienna through the Austrian Doctorate Programme. His research goals focused on how to adequately integrate particle physics into modern curricula. During his PhD studies he also served as project manager for S'Cool LAB by designing and developing the lab in its initial phase. Hence, he is also responsible for the fantastic word-play joke which became the name of S'Cool LAB. Nowadays, Jeff is managing CERN's national and international teacher training programmes.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2013

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Gluons

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Julia
PhD student &
S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe

PhD student & S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe a senior fellow managing S'Cool LAB, and investigating cognitive and affective effects of its hands-on learning opportunities. After studying physics, mathematics, and education at the University of Dresden, Germany, Julia started her PhD studies in physics education research at CERN in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her current (research) interests include students’ conceptions in particle physics, low-cost 3D-printable particle physics experiments, and science identities.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2014

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Positron-Emission-Tomography (PET)

Favourite particle: W+ Boson (because it's positive and it loves interactions)

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Lachlan
Highschool teacher for
Physics, Chemistry & Maths

Lachlan Paul Mcginness

Highschool teacher for Physics, Chemistry & Maths

Lachlan McGinness is a high school physics, chemistry and mathematics teacher. He has a background in physics education research and has worked as a science communicator at Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. Lachlan is currently the teacher in residence for on the S’Cool LAB team. He is developing affordable classroom resources that can be used by teachers including 3D-printable resources.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2018

Favourite experiments: Quadropole Ion Trap (He doesn't get a choice)

Favourite particle: Photon (He loves colour and light)

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Oliver
PhD Student &
Applied Physics

Oliver Keller

PhD Student & Applied Physics

Oliver Keller holds a diploma in engineering and worked on embedded systems in the industrial sector before joining CERN in 2013. His M.Sc. thesis in applied physics was carried out in the CERN MediaLab which resulted in a novel tool to visualise radioactivity using CERN's pixel detector technology. He is currently developing further educational tools and experiments for the S'Cool LAB within a PhD project in cooperation with the University of Geneva. Oliver is passionate about making things and an advocate of open standards, data and methods.


Joined S'Cool LAB: January 2016

Favourite experiments: Hunting cosmic particles and natural radioactivity

Favourite particle: Muons

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Sascha
Head of Teacher &
Student Programmes

Sascha Schmeling

Head of Teacher & Student Programmes


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Susanne
Teacher in Residence

Susanne Dührkoop

Teacher Residence

Susanne worked as a high school teacher for physics and mathematics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She joined the S`Cool LAB team as “Teacher in Residence”, focusing on low cost, 3d printable DIY Experiments. She`s especially interested in the use of DIY experiments to create a fascination about physics and to make students ask questions about physics.


Joined S'Cool LAB: April 2018

Favourite experiments: Superconductivity

Favourite particle: Muons (because it's hard to stop them)

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Vincent
Technical Support

Vincent Frederic Darras

Technical support

Vincent is an operation technician who has been working at CERN since 1999, and holds a diploma in process industries from TETRAS Annecy University.
1999-2001: Solid State Detectors Section (aging test)
2001-2009: Building and commissioning electrical systems for gas detectors in CERN's physics department
2009-2014: Control process for cryogenics system in the LHC with LHe at 1.9 Kelvin to cool down 27 kms of superconducting magnets
2014-today: Joined the exhibition team and in 2015, S'Cool LAB at CERN


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Dark matter


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Former members of the S'Cool LAB Team


2018:

Kitti Lai 10/2016-11/2017 (IT technical support)


2017:

Zuzana Juskova 09/2016-08/2017 (administrative support)

Mihaly Vadai 04/2017-08/2017 (electronic engineering)


2016:

Nikolaos Kokkinis Ntrenis 09/2015 - 09/2016 (Technical support IT)

Eva Tolosa 02/2015 - 09/2016 (Administrative support)

Daniela Pfeiffer 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Positron-Emission-Tomography)

Lukas Mientus 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Plasma-Wakefield-Acceleration)

Tiago Gonçalves 06/2016-08/2016

Christoph Weller 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)

Magnus Reifenrath 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)


2015:

Lea Prüfer 09/2015 (Master student, topic: muon detectors)

Christos Lougiakis 10/2014 - 09/2015 (Technical support IT)

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