What is an Erasmus Intensive Programme?

An Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) is a short and intense programme of study which brings together students and teaching staff from higher education institutions across Europe.

An Erasmus IP aims at:

  • Encouraging efficient and multinational training in specialised topics which might otherwise not be taught at all, or only in a very restricted number of higher education institutions
  • Enabling students and teachers to work together in multinational groups and so benefit from special learning and teaching conditions not available in a single institution, and to gain new perspectives on the topic being studied
  • Allowing members of the teaching staff to exchange views on teaching content and new curricula approaches and to test teaching methods in an international classroom environment
Official and detailed information for Erasmus IP's from European Commission can be found here

The HIPOLIN Erasmus IP

High power light interactions with matter is a wide subject which includes some of the most exciting state of the science and technology nowadays. In particular, high power laser - matter interactions can produce hot and dense ionised matter similar to what exists in the universe.   Indicatively, the physics of the interaction with matter itself is pioneering but also other phenomena that can be investigated in the lab such as laboratory astrophysics, earth core science, Warm Dense Matter studies, hard rack electronics, optoelectronics, new laser technology and medical applications.

The IP programme is organised to be a self contained course. The syllabus of the course will offer a complete introduction, for undergraduate students and first year research students, in the topic of Intense Laser - Matter interactions.

The IP will initiate:
1) The training of young researchers from high quality European Institutions to the specific research area of laser - matter interactions. The top quality scientists who have previously worked in world leading institutions will compose a team, which will promote innovation in intensive education.
2) The syllabus of the IP course will be pilot for the inclusion of such knowledge into the participants’ Universities undergraduate educational programs.
3) A high degree of interaction between students & lecturers that will develop a dynamic pool of scientists for high quality research. Joint research proposals between the co-operated Universities are expected to be established.
4) Interaction between the students and the lecturers with private sector experts.  
5) Development of modern educational and training methods.

Moreover, the absence of a complete about laser - matter interactions from the course syllabus of the participating Institutions gives an additional value to the importance of the proposed IP. The syllabus of the course will be used in the future as a template for a joint postgraduate course among the participating institutes in the frame of an Erasmus – Mundus program.