IPPOG acts as a strategic pillar for the particle physics community by fostering long-term, sustainable support for fundamental scientific research around the world. IPPOG develops programmes and strategies that address current and future challenges in particle physics and related fields. IPPOG’s scientific education and outreach activities improve public understanding and appreciation of the benefits of fundamental research, spark interest and enthusiasm among young people, and strengthen the integration of science in society. IPPOG not only motivates, inspires, and educates our youth in the field of particle physics, but it develops personal awareness of the value of science, international collaboration and the process of evidence-based decision making, regardless of age or discipline. IPPOG helps in the establishment of broad public support, as well as the commitment of key stakeholders and policy makers for current and future particle physics projects.
IPPOG builds trust in science and its methodology to offer future generations a meaningful basis for the decisions that will shape their lives. Without compromising established methods, IPPOG is exploring new paths to engage citizens – especially the young. Reaching out to students and their teachers to convey the methods and tools used in fundamental science is a strong investment in the future. While only a fraction of young students will become scientists, and fewer still will become particle physicists, all will become ambassadors for the scientific method and evidence-based decision-making. Audiences will be more educated and appreciative of the importance of research, and thus more suited to make informed decisions about science and policy in the future.