Meet our Team

Meet our Team



S'Cool LAB Manager

Gernot started a career as experimental physicist with a PhD thesis at the University of Toulouse (2010-2013), after which he joined the University of Geneva (2013-2020). His research in the field of solid-state physics was focused on the microscopic understanding of superconductivity. Gernot became an expert of exactly the phenomena, which are pillars of CERN’s particle accelerators: superconductivity, very cold temperatures, and magnetic fields. Thanks to his love for hands-on minds-on science education, Gernot Scheerer joined the S'Cool Lab in August 2020. Indeed, since the beginning of his academic career, Gernot is very active in science education and outreach. Most notably, he participated in the Geneva Science Nights 2014 and 2016 and was an active member of Geneva’s Physiscope from 2018 to 2020.

Joined S'Cool LAB: August 2020
Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: DIY Cloud Chamber
Favourite particle: Positron



Technical Student & Computer Engineer

Dimitrios is currently approaching his integrated master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece. He joined CERN as technical student in October 2019 and works on various development projects at CERN. He also maintains S'Cool LAB's online presence as well as its IT equipment. Dimitrios is interested in mobile and smart systems integration.

Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2019
Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Plasma-cathode electron gun
Favourite particle: Gluon



PhD Student & S’Cool LAB PLUS+ coordinator

Sarah studied Physics, Latin, and Education at the University of Vienna, Austria. After working as a physics teacher at a Viennese high school, she joined the S’Cool LAB team as a doctoral student in physics education research. In the framework of her PhD project, Sarah studies the role of interesting topics and contexts in physics education while focusing on modern physics topics and medical applications.

Joined S'Cool LAB: September 2019
Favourite experiments: Superconductivity Workshop
Favourite particle: Tau neutrino



PhD Student & Physicist

Fabian Bernstein has studied physics, music and cultural sciences in Berlin and Paris and holds various diplomas. He has been working as a teacher at the Boarding School Schloss Hansenberg in Hessen, Germany before joining the S’Cool LAB Team. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at CERN in cooperation with the University of Frankfurt a. M., Germany. His research focuses on developing modern physics hands-on activities fit for classroom use.

Joined S'Cool LAB: June 2018
Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Plasma-cathode electron gun
Favourite particle: Beauty quark



Engineer & Applied Physicist

Oliver Keller holds a diploma in engineering and worked on embedded systems in the industrial sector before joining CERN in 2013. His M.Sc. thesis in applied physics was carried out in the CERN MediaLab which resulted in a novel tool to visualise radioactivity using CERN's pixel detector technology. He is currently developing further educational tools and experiments for the S'Cool LAB within a PhD project in cooperation with the University of Geneva. Oliver is passionate about making things and an advocate of open standards, data and methods.

Joined S'Cool LAB: January 2016
Favourite experiments: Hunting cosmic particles & natural radioactivity
Favourite particle: Muon


Frederic Darras

Technical support

Vincent is an operation technician who has been working at CERN since 1999, and holds a diploma in process industries from TETRAS Annecy University. 1999-2001: Solid State Detectors Section (aging test) 2001-2009: Building and commissioning electrical systems for gas detectors in CERN's physics department 2009-2014: Control process for cryogenics system in the LHC with LHe at 1.9 Kelvin to cool down 27 kms of superconducting magnets 2014-today: Joined the exhibition team and in 2015, S'Cool LAB at CERN.

Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015
Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber
Favourite particle: Dark matter

Associated Colleagues



Science Gateway Education Labs Team

Alexandra Jansky is a physics education researcher and communicator. In the past years, she investigated students’ conceptions on randomness and probability in the scientific context as a doctoral student in cooperation with the University of Vienna. Besides doing research, she was resposible for the tutor liaison within the S’Cool LAB team. Since October 2019, she is responsible for the content development of the Science Gateway Education Labs.

Joined S'Cool LAB: July 2015
Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Magnet Workshop
Favourite particle: Strange quark



Former S'Cool LAB Manager - Science Gateway Education Labs Team

Julia Woithe developed and managed S'Cool LAB until August 2020. She also investigated the cognitive and affective effects of its hands-on learning opportunities in the framework of her PhD studies in physics education research at CERN in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, Julia is coordinating the development and implementation of the future education labs in the framework of CERN's Science Gateway project.

Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2014
Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Positron-Emission-Tomography (PET)
Favourite particle: W+ Boson



S'Cool LAB Architect & Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff worked as a high school teacher for physics, philosophy, and psychology in Vienna, Austria. He then joined CERN to pursue his PhD in physics education research in cooperation with the University of Vienna through the Austrian Doctorate Programme. His research goals focused on how to adequately integrate particle physics into modern curricula. During his PhD studies he also served as project manager for S'Cool LAB by designing and developing the lab in its initial phase. Hence, he is also responsible for the fantastic word-play joke which became the name of S'Cool LAB. Nowadays, Jeff is managing CERN's national and international teacher training programmes.

Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2013
Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber
Favourite particle: Gluon



Head of Teacher & Student Programmes


Former members of the S'Cool LAB Team


Ingvild Garmo Nilsson 07/2019 – 12/2019 (Master student; workshop development & science show)
Syed Hashim Gillani 09/2018-11/2019 (IT technical support)


Sarah Zöchling 07/2018-08/2018 (summer student; topic: visualizations in particle physics)
Susanne Dührkoop 04/2018-08/2018 (teacher in residence; topic: low-cost experiments)
Lachlan McGinness 03/2018-08/2018 (teacher in residence; topic: low-cost experiments)
Alex Brown 03/2015-08/2018 (PhD student, topic: e-learning & teacher motivation)


Kitti Lai 10/2016-11/2017 (IT technical support)
Zuzana Juskova 09/2016-08/2017 (administrative support)
Mihaly Vadai 04/2017-08/2017 (electronic engineering)
Ankatrin Kirchner 01/2017-02/2017 (Master student, topic: Quadrupole Ion Trap)


Nikolaos Kokkinis Ntrenis 09/2015 - 09/2016 (Technical support IT)
Eva Tolosa 02/2015 - 09/2016 (Administrative support)
Daniela Pfeiffer 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Positron-Emission-Tomography)
Lukas Mientus 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Plasma-Wakefield-Acceleration)
Tiago Gonçalves 06/2016-08/2016 (summer student; topic: 3D-printable ATLAS magnet model)
Christoph Weller 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)
Magnus Reifenrath 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)


Lea Prüfer 09/2015 (Master student, topic: muon detectors)
Christos Lougiakis 10/2014 - 09/2015 (Technical support IT)