About us

IPPP and Durham University

IPPP is the national Institute for particle physics phenomenology – the bridge between theory and experiment in the study of the tiny building blocks of all matter in the Universe and of the fundamental forces that operate between them, founded in Durham in 2000 as a joint venture of Durham University and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). With an international team of more than 90 scientists, PhD students and support staff, the IPPP is one of the largest phenomenology centres in the world. IPPP scientists have authored more than a 1,100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and were  involved in the organisation of more than 180 scientific meetings.  Our research sheds light on the composition of the Universe, its fundamental constituents and their interactions. Within the IPPP, we have a dedicated team working on measurements of neutrino properties and how this improves our understanding of the underlying theory.

IPPP in 2017


Durham University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its Top 100 position in both the overall QS World University Rankings 2018 and the THE World University Rankings 2018. Nationally, Durham is one of the UK’s top performing universities and is ranked fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2018, fifth in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018. Durham has always been a modern, forward-looking University with a medieval World Heritage Site at it’s heart. It was one of the first universities to admit women on an equal footing to men (1890) and the city led in the development of science and established one of the earliest observatories in England.


Hyper-Kamiokande UK

The Hyper-Kamiokande UK group at Imperial College, London, in 2017

The Neutrino Group at Queen Mary University of London is working on a range experiments dedicated to uncovering the properties of the neutrino. The research group consists of three internationally recognised academics, four post-doctoral research staff and six current PhD students and is supported by computing and technical staff. The highly successful group has attracted European grants for their work and has been privileged to be a part of two teams awarded the 2016 Breakthrough prize and been part of experiments awarded the Physics 2008 Nobel prize and the 2015 Nobel prize that have uncovered some of the properties of the neutrino. The group currently has leading roles in the currently running experiments: Super-KamiokandeT2KSNO+, and has a prominent role in IceCube, that are producing fascinating pieces of the origins of the Universe puzzle. The group jointly (together with the host institution ICRR in Japan) leads the international Hyper-Kamiokande experiment that will continue to produce surprises for the physics community for decades to come.

Founded in 1881 as the original “red brick”, the University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £495 million, including £94 million for research. Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide, Liverpool is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities. The University has 33,000 students, 7,500 of whom travel from all over the world to study here, and 211,000 alumni in 171 countries.  The Liverpool neutrino group founded in 2005 consists of 6 academics, 8 research staff and 13 PhD students. They play a leading role in the T2K, Hyper-Kamiokande, DUNE, SBND and SNO+ experiments, drive detector development through the Ariadne experiment and conduct applied antineutrino research applying our techniques to nuclear reactor monitoring.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Particle Physics Department / STFC covers particle physics experiments over the entire energy range and is significantly involved in all areas. The department has significant presence in the neutrino sector with involvement in the currently running T2K long-baseline neutrino experiment and MICE (Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment) that is necessary for a future neutrino factory. Essential contributions to the next generation long-baseline neutrino experiments DUNE in USA and Hyper-Kamiokande in Japan are also provided by the department.

At Edinburgh Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics we seek an understanding of the fundamental particles of nature and the interactions (forces) governing their behaviour. In particular, we seek to explain the dominance of matter over anti-matter through the study of the leptonic CP violation with DUNE and Hyper-K. Extensive distributed Grid computing (GridPP) is used to store and analyse the vast quantities of data that are produced in these endeavours.

The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group is dedicated to probing the Standard Model of particle physics with state-of-the-art physics experiments that test the model at high precision. Group members lead many of the current and future international experiments at CERN (Europe), Fermilab (USA), and KEK (Japan). The Group conducts a programme of state of the art detector development and accelerator R&D. In addition it is actively involved in the development of Grid computing technologies.

The Lancaster Experimental Particle Physics group is involved in experiments at CERN (ATLAS), Japan (T2K/Hyper-K), USA (LAr neutrino programme) and Canada (SNO+), that are studying particles to determine the ultimate structure of matter and the forces of nature. Our neutrino programme uses data from existing experiments to understand the behaviour of neutrinos and their interaction with matter. We are also leading aspects of the design of next generation neutrino experiments.

Oxford has one of the oldest neutrino physics groups in the UK, dating back to the early work of Don Perkins at CERN. Oxford was the only UK group in the Nobel Prize-winning SNO experiment, and has been heavily involved in its follow-up experiment SNO+ as well as in the long baseline experiments MINOS, T2K, Hyper-Kamiokande and DUNE, as well as becoming a part of the Super-Kamiokande experiment.

The Royal Holloway University of London Particle Physics Group  has significant involvement in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as well as a strong presence in the long-baseline neutrino experiment T2K in Japan and dark matter experiments. Research on the accelerator technologies required to build future accelerators is carried out in the John Adams Institute as well as R&D for future detector systems. The group is also involved in Grid computing.

The University of Sheffield Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics Group has significant involvement in a wide range of particle physics and Dark Matter experiments spanning the entire energy range. In the neutrino sector the group consists of 5 academics and works on the running T2K long-baseline neutrino experiment in Japan and the planned next generation experiments: DUNE a long-baseline experiment in USA and Hyper-K a long-baseline experiment in Japan as well as the next generation neutrino factory.

The University of Warwick Particle Physics Group has significant involvement in a wide-range of particle physics experiments: ATLAS, Dune, Hyper-K, LHCb, Neutrino Factory and MICE, T2K and Detector Development. The group dedicated to neutrino research consists of four academics and two post-doctoral researchers. The group plays important roles in the currently running neutrino experiments T2K and MICE and future experiments Dune, Hyper-K and the Neutrino Factory.

Cambridge Consultants

Through its partnership with Durham University, Cambridge Consultants has developed NeutrinoScope – the free Apple iOS app that offers an augmented reality view of how neutrinos behave in the world around us. Cambridge Consultants develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues. The company helps its clients turn business opportunities into commercial successes, whether they are launching first-to-market products, entering new markets or expanding existing markets through the introduction of new technologies.  With a global team of more than 800 staff, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical technology, industrial and consumer products, digital health, energy and wireless communications.

The Cambridge Consultants team

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