This event is aimed at both the computing & science communities as well as those with a natural curiosity in matters of the universe. Bringing together experts from different areas of CERN and the LHC, each speaker will talk about the far reaching impact their work has, both on the world at large and the physics and computing communities within it.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter, the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the latest tool to investigate the fundamental building blocks of our universe. It is buried 100m underground, accelerates protons close to the speed of light, around a 27Km ring and then collides them to recreate the early universe. It serves as a discovery machine that could stimulate a complete rethink of modern physics. Close to 10,000 physicists work on the experiments that use the LHC and while planning for it began in the mid-1980s, it can trace its ancestry back to the methods used to discover the electron in 1897.