euspen talent programme challenge 2020

2020 Challenge

The “CLIC” Challenge:

The aim of the competition is to develop sustainable and affordable alignment solutions for the next generation particle accelerator at CERN. The winning solution has the potential to be implemented over 40,000 parallelepipeds that will ensure alignment of the proposed 50 km Compact LInear Collider (CLIC) currently under study.

STEP 1: Develop a solution to our ‘virtual challenge’

STEP 2:  The top 3 teams will be invited to CERN to develop their virtual challenge solution into reality. Individuals will be placed into multi-disciplinary international teams. One team will be crowned the winner

Due to the current pandemic, euspen‘s 20th International Conference & Exhibition took place as a virtual conference.  It is hoped (once governmental travel restrictions allow),  future challenges will once again be physical and we can provide students from the top three teams, complementary access to the conference and exhibition and a contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation.

9 Teams and Pitch Presentations

Teams and Pitch presentations

We initially had 9 teams comprising of 27 students who participated in the virtual challenge.

All teams were given names relating to CERN detectors.  Despite the extraordinary conditions of 2020, we still had pitch presentations from 6 teams.  The presentation can be found here >>>ETP-2020-VC-v5<<<

Team 1 CMS Philippa Hazel (UK)  David R. Cayll (US) Jonas Behme (DE) 
Team 2 ATLAS Shuhei Masuda (JP)  Maxim Vanrusselt (BE) Olaide Felix Olabode (UK) 
Team 3 ALICE  Josip Brčić (HR)  Joe Eastwood  (UK) Shuzo Masui (JP) 
Team 4 LHCb   Mateo Berković (HR)  Dario Loadli (DK) Kumar Arumugam(US) 
Team 5 ATRAP Liam Connelly (US)  Adrián Miqueo (ES) Ellia Sbettiga (IT) 
Team 6 ASACUSA Thao Ho (ES)  Yue Liu (UK) Dipankar Behera (US) 
Team 7 TOTEM Martin Kain (DK)   Tomislav Bazina (HR) Marco Menoncin (IT) 
Team 8 GBAR Dominik Jurinić (HR)  Sveva Murra (IT) Sam Peerlinck (BE) 
Team 9 ALPHA Jasper Corens (BE)  Thor August Schimmell Weis (DK) Eleonora Iunusova (SE) 
And then there were 3

The three top teams who were going to be invited to CERN were:

Team 3 – ALICE
Team 4 – LHcB
Team 5 – ATRAP

The Winning Team is…

The prototypes were designed and created and after much deliberations, we are thrilled to announce the winning team in 1st place was awarded to: Team ALICE.


On behalf of euspen and its Talent Organising Committee, congratulations on this wonderful achievement.  Joe, Josip and Shuzo, you should be extremely proud of yourselves in designing and developing your platform under these extraordinary circumstances.


The 2nd place award was given to Team ATRAP; well done to Liam, Adrián and Elia


and the team in 3rd place was Team LCHb; again well done to Mateo, Dario and Kumar.

A video presentation of the three winning teams’ platforms will be shared in the coming weeks!

Click here to participate in our new 2021 Challenge

National Heat Organisers

 With special thanks to the following national heat organisers:

  • Belgium – Prof. Dominiek Reynaerts & Prof Han Hatjema, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE
  • Croatia – Prof. Dr. Sasa Zelenika & Ervin Kamenar, University of Rijeka, HR
  • Czech Republic – Dr Otakar Horejš, Czech Technical University, CZ
  • Denmark – Prof. Hans Nørgaard Hansen & Dr Matteo Calaon, Technical University of Denmark, DK
  • France – Dr Helene Mainaud Durand, CERN, CH
  • Germany – Dr Oltmann Reimer, LFM, Bremen, DE
  • Italy – Prof. Enrico Savio & Dr Simone Carmignato, DIMEG – Università di Padova, IT
  • Spain – Prof. Jose A. Yagüe-Fabra, University of Zaragoza, ES
  • Sweden – Dr Andreas Archenti, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, SE
  • UK – Prof. Liam Blunt & Prof. Richard Leach , University of Huddersfield; University of Nottingham, UK
  • ASPE Representatives – Brian O’Connor, Stuart Smith, Luis Aguirre, USA
  • JSPE Representatives – Prof. Satoru Takahashi, Dr Kazutoshi Katahira, JP