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SUSSP - Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics


The Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics, SUSSP, was established in 1960 by four ancient Scottish Universities (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews) to contribute to the dissemination of advanced knowledge in Physics and the formation of contacts among scientists from different countries through the setting up of a series of annual summer schools of the highest international standard. The subject area of each school would be such as to reflect the research interests of one or more of these Universities. The number of Scottish Universities supporting SUSSP has increased to include Dundee, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, West of Scotland and Strathclyde. In the early years, one School was held annually but with the recent increase in the number of Scottish Universities, it has been possible in some years to hold two and sometimes three Schools.


Each School is organised by its own Executive Committee which is responsible for inviting lecturers of international standing to contribute an in-depth lecture series on one aspect of the area being studied. The participants come from all over the world and are mostly at the post-graduate or post-doctoral stage of their careers. Schools are typically of two or three weeks duration and are held in one of the many historical beauty spots within Scotland where quiet surroundings enable participants and lecturers to interact in a relaxed and effective way. In addition to the formal programme of lectures and seminars, an extensive social programme is included to contribute to the overall informal atmosphere which has become the tradition of SUSSP.

Governing Committee

The Governing Committee is responsible for overseeing and supporting the ongoing series through the Organising Committees. The Governing Committee comprises the appointed Trustees, namely the Governing Committee Office Bearers, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance representative for each of the eight SUPA universities (the SUPA Executive Committee) and two elected independent representatives.


In addition to financial contributions from the participating Scottish Universities, SUSSP was, from the beginning, indebted to the Scientific Affairs Division of NATO for generous support through ASI awards. More recently, support has been made available by the European Commission, by the UK research councils, STFC and EPSRC, and by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). From 2007, funding was also been made available through a Memorandum of Understanding between STFC, EPSRC and the European Science Foundation (ESF). There are currently no such agreements in place and the Executive Committee of each School seeks its own funding from appropriate sources.


An important aspect of each school is the wider dissemination of knowledge through the publication of the proceedings of each School in the SUSSP series. Recent editions have been published in the Scottish Graduate Series by Taylor & Francis through their CRC Press division which now markets existing titles and has assumed responsibility for volumes up to and including those of the 2009 School. From 2010, proceedings were published in the Scottish Graduate Series by Springer. Since 2014 hard copy proceedings have been replaced by audio-visual recordings posted online.

Upcoming Schools



  High-Pressure Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction Summer School


Previous Schools

79  2023    Photonics Sensors and Spectroscopy
78  2023    High Pressure
77  2022    Stardust to Extrasolar Planets: Dynamics of exoplanetary and solar system bodies
76  2021    Photonic Imaging, Sensing & Analysis
75  2019    Nuclear Physics
74  2018    Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Photonics
73  2017    Gravitational Wave Astronomy
72  2016    Photonic Systems for Sensing and Metrology
71  2015    Frontiers in Quantum Dynamics and Quantum Optics
70  2014    International Neutrino Summer School
--  2013    Computational Astrophysics (cancelled)
69  2012    LHC Physics
68  2011    Laser Plasma Interactions and Applications
67  2011    Quantum Coherence and Quantum Information
66  2010    Ultrafast Non-Linear Optics
65  2009    LHC Physics
64  2008    Advanced Techniques in Electron Spin Resonance
63  2008    High Pressure Physics
62  2007    Extra-Solar Planets
61  2006    Neutrino Physics
60  2005    Laser Plasma Interactions
59  2004    Soft Condensed Matter Physics in Molecular and Cell Biology
58  2004    Hadron Physics
57  2003    Large Hadron Collider Phenomenology
56  2002    Ultrafast Photonics
55  2001    Heavy Flavour Physics
54  2000    Restless Universe: Applications of Gravitational N-Body Dynamics to Planetary, Stellar and Galactic Systems
53  1999    Soft and Fragile Matter: Nonequilibrium Dynamics, Metastability and Flow
52  1998    Advances in Lasers and Applications
51  1998    Muon Science
50  1998    Semiconductor Quantum Optoelectronics
49  1997    Physical Processes in the Coastal Zone
48  1996    Generation and Application of High Microwaves Power
47  1995    Laser Sources and Applications
46  1995    General Relativity
45  1994    Laser-Plasma Interactions 5: Inertial Confinement Fusion
44  1994    Simple Quantum Systems
43  1994    Determination of Geophysical Parameters from Space
42  1993    High Energy Phenomenology
41  1992    Spatial Complexity in Optical Systems
40  1992    Quantitative Microbeam Analysis
39  1991    High Temperature Superconductivity
38  1991    Physics of Nanostructures
37  1990    Pattern Recognition and Image Processing
36  1989    Physics of the Early Universe
35  1988    Laser-Plasma Interactions 4
34  1988    Optical Computing
33  1987    Astrophysical and Laboratory Spectroscopy
32  1987    Computational Physics
31  1986    Localisation and Interaction
30  1985    Synchotron Radiation
29  1985    Laser-Plasma Interactions 3
28  1985    Superstrings and Supergravity
27  1984    Fundamental Forces
26  1983    Statistical  and Particle Physics
25  1983    Quantitative Electron Microscopy
24  1982    Laser-Plasma Interactions 2
23  1982    Lasers: Physics, Systems and Techniques
22  1981    Magnetism in Solids
21  1980    Gauge Theories and Experiments at High Energy
20  1979    Laser-Plasma Interactions 1
19  1978    Metal Non-metal Transitions in Disordered Solids
18  1977    Nuclear Structure Physics
17  1976    Fundamentals of Quark Models
16  1975    Non-linear Optics
15  1974    The Helium Liquids
14  1973    Phenomenology of Particles at High Energy
13  1972    Electronic and Structural Properties of Amorphous Semiconductors
12  1971    Atoms and Molecules in Astrophysics
11  1970    Hadronic Interactions of Electrons and Photons
10  1969    Quantum Optics
9  1968    Physics of Hot Plasmas
8  1967    Methods in Solid State and Superfluid Theory
7  1966    Particle Interactions at High Energy
6  1965    Phonons in Perfect Lattices and in Lattices with Point Imperfections
5  1964    Nuclear Structure and Electromagnetic Interactions
4  1963    Strong Interactions and High Energy Physics
3  1962    Polarons and Excitons
2  1961    Fluctuation, Relaxation and Resonance in Magnetic Systems
1  1960    Dispersion relations