The U.S. Particle Accelerator School, the CERN Accelerator School, the Asian Committee on Future Accelerators and the Budker Institute for Nuclear Physics in Russia are partners in organizing the Joint International Accelerator School. This international series compliments the other schools by providing in-depth courses in specialized areas. The immediate purpose of the Joint International School is to better our relations by working together on an advanced topical course every few years, alternating between the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and Russia. It is also hoped that these schools will foster a collaborative atmosphere among the accelerator communities of the four regions in scholarly work, both writing and teaching.

This international programme provides educational opportunities for young scientists and engineers in this important and growing field and encourages students to work in accelerator physics. In particular, the programme is intended for individuals with professional interests in accelerator physics and technology, for graduate students, for post-docs and for those working in accelerator-based sciences. The programme consists of intensive lectures, seminars and mini-courses on the wide range of technologies that form the base of the beam/accelerator field.

In 1985, the US Particle Accelerator School and the CERN Accelerator School jointly organized their first programme. In 1994, Japan joined the partnership. In 1998, Russia formally joined the effort.
Since new member states have joined the effort, the school has been given a new name in 2022: International Accelerator school (IAS).

The first IAS course will be hosted by the Canadian Light Source (CLS), in collaboration with TRIUMF and CERN, in Saskatoon in 2023 with the theme of Superconducting Science and Technology for Particle Accelerators. More information can be found here.

Previous joint accelerator schools

Year Course Venue Proceedings
2019 Ion Colliders Dubna, Russia  
2017 RF Technologies Hayama, Japan  
2014 Beam Loss and Accelerator Protection Newport beach, California, USA CERN-2016-02
2013 Introduction to Particle Accelerators (Regional session) Shizuoka, Japan No proceedings
2011 Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers Erice, Italy No proceedings
2002 Frontiers of Accelerator Technology in Linacs Long Beach, California, USA World Scientific, 2004
2000 Frontiers of Accelerator Technology: High Quality Beams St. Petersburg, Russia AIP, 2001
ISBN 0-7354-0034-2
1998 Beam Measurement Montreux, Switzerland World Scientific, 1999
ISBN 981-02-3881-9
1996 Frontiers of Accelerator Technology: RF Engineering for Particle Accelerators Hayama-machi, Japan World Scientific, 1999
ISBN 981-0203838-X
1994 Frontiers of Accelerator Technology Maui, Hawaii, USA World Scientific, 1996
ISBN 981-02-2537-7
1992 Frontiers of Particle Beams: Factories with e+e- Rings Benalmadena, Spain Lecture Notes in Physics
No. 425 Springer-Verlag
1990 Frontiers of Particle Beams: Intensity Limitations Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA Lecture Notes in Physics
No. 400 Springer-Verlag
1988 Frontiers of Particle Beams: Observation, Diagnosis and Correction Anacapri, Italy Lecture Notes in Physics
No. 343 Springer-Verlag
1986 Frontiers of Particle Beams South Padre Island, Texas, USA Lecture Notes in Physics
No. 296 Springer-Verlag
1985 Nonlinear Dynamics Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy Lecture Notes in Physics
No. 247 Springer-Verlag