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Training for teachers

Since it was created in 2001, the SOLEIL synchrotron has based its educational activities on the link between teaching and research.
These activities are organised around three major themes:

• training for teachers

welcoming and informing school pupils and students

developing learning tools

As training for teachers, each year we offer courses with the Academic Plan for Training teachers from the Versailles, Paris and Créteil education authorities.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, three courses are on offer:



Infrared spectroscopy and NMR

Directly linked to the programmes in secondary schools, this course has been developed together with the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Université Paris Sud, Orsay) over the past three years.

It provides the bases of infrared spectroscopy and NMR and opens up the way to using these techniques in different fields, including in research and imaging, and not only in chemistry, as is the case in the programmes for the French scientific baccalaureate.

It gives access to different instruments (visits to laboratories and presentation of equipment) and is a chance to meet scientists who are specialised in these fields.

For Versailles:



The synchrotron SOLEIL, sciences and innovations

The aim of this course is to introduce teachers to all the scientific disciplines, the operation and the research applications of this important device. It is also a chance for them to visit SOLEIL, guided by lines of light scientists, but also by particle acceleration engineers. Lastly, the course is an introduction to the teaching tools on offer at SOLEIL, and the kinds of visit that are available for school pupils and students.

For Versailles:

For Paris:



Discovering the infinitely small

As well as these two courses, SOLEIL has been asked by LAL – Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire, in Orsay – to take part in the second part of the course "Discovering the infinitely small" (Paris, Versailles and Créteil education authorities), presenting the main instruments used to study the infinitely small.

For Versailles: