I didn’t know about JUAS until December 2008, when, as a Master student who just started to work on accelerator physics, I was proposed to attend a two months course on Accelerator Physics and Technologies. At the time I was at the last year of my Master and I was based at CERN to work with TERA Foundation on my Master degree project on carbon ion linacs for hadron therapy. The JUAS 2009 program was just excellent and very important for my training. I could really learn from world experts the theory and the most important concepts about accelerator physics and engineering. Not only that, but I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with other students from all around Europe that were also specializing in this exciting field. At JUAS I met new friends with whom I am still in touch after several years.
After JUAS I finished my Master degree with University of Milan and decided to continue in the field of medical accelerator, starting a PhD at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and CERN. This was an extremely interesting experience that allowed me even to come back to JUAS (as a teacher) to give seminars on hadron therapy and medical linacs. I defended my PhD at the end of 2013 and I worked as senior fellow at CERN for two years on the experimental study of RF breakdowns in high frequency cavities within the CLIC project. I am presently working for ADAM, a CERN spin off company, on the development of a high frequency linac for proton therapy applications.
I have very good memories of the two months spent in Archamps, of the extremely interesting lectures, of the visits to labs and of the very nice atmosphere among the students and the teachers. What I learned during JUAS was a solid background for my present field of specialization and I would really recommend it to any student interested in particle accelerators!