Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to EXperiment, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission, is a unique consortium that combines an international team of academic leaders in the research area of scattering amplitudes with  a selection of world-leading industrial partners. SAGEX has been created with the objective to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) not only to achieve far-reaching scientific goals  but also to equip them with broad skills that will serve them well in either a scientific or commercial career.

Overview of the scientific and training aims

Scattering amplitudes, describing the observations of high-energy collider experiments, provide a window into the fundamental structures predicted by relativistic quantum theories. By identifying and exploiting seemingly disparate concepts from abstract geometry, symbolic big data, and phenomenological calculations, the SAGEX network will train the next generation of researchers in the new tools, approaches and insights that will make possible previously intractable analyses directly relevant to current and near-future particle physics experiments. Assembling an unprecedented team of top scholars in mathematics, theoretical physics, and symbolic computation with major industry partners including Wolfram Research, Maplesoft, and RISC GmbH, we intend to leverage our successes, expertise, and world-class scientific challenges to provide a unique training opportunity for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in Europe.

Training of the network’s 15 ESRs will comprise an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, and engagement with active cutting-edge research. They will be seconded to at least one academic and one private sector partner of the project, building bridges between academic and industrial communities. SAGEX is set up to integrate several existing and highly recognised annual conferences with a series of new schools, workshops and industry partnerships. Through developing invaluable analytic, computational and soft skills, the ESRs emerging from this action will be eminently employable with the potential to become the next generation of European leaders in academia, industry, and the public sector. Finally, the training we offer, and the research carried out, will be made open and available, boosting not only Europe’s continued leadership in the field of high-energy theoretical physics, but strategically allowing non-partner institutions with less domain experience to train scholars in relevant, in-demand skills.

The SAGEX Consortium


The ESR positions will all last three years, and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as private-sector partners (see the overview of the project below). The positions will be hosted at the following beneficiaries:

  • Queen Mary University of London (2 PhD positions, ESR 1 and ESR 2)
  • Humboldt University Berlin (2 PhD positions, ESR 3 and ESR 4)
  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) (2 PhD positions, ESR 5 and ESR 6)
  • Durham University (2 PhD positions, ESR 7 and ESR 8)
  • CEA Saclay (2 PhD positions, ESR 9 and ESR 10)
  • Niels Bohr Institute (2 PhD positions, ESR 11 and ESR 12)
  • Trinity College Dublin (2 PhD positions, ESR 13 and ESR 14)
  • RISC/RISC GmbH (1 PhD position, ESR 15)

The SAGEX consortium also includes ​academic partner organisations:

  • University of Oxford
  • ETH Zurich
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Stanford University)
  • University of Hamburg

+ private sector partners

  • Wolfram Research
  • Maplesoft
  • Danske Bank
  • DreamQuark
  • Mærsk Tankers
  • Milde Marketing Science Communication
  • Ekaterina Eremenko Films