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Falling Walls Circle Tables: The Next Big Machine – Does CERN Need Another Supercollider?
Falling Walls Foundation | Zulfikar Abbany, Ursula Bassler, Nigel Lockyer, Jeremy Farrar, Beate Heinemann
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With CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in full swing and scheduled to run into the late 2030s, now might seem a strange time to be planning a new supercollider for Europe. Yet that’s just what the recently updated European strategy for particle physics has recommended. Based on a broad grass-roots consultation with CERN’s global user community, the strategy concludes that a much larger facility hosted by the Geneva laboratory is the best option for furthering humankind’s understanding of the universe at the microscopic level, while ensuring continued European leadership in the field, and remaining complementary to fundamental physics research in other regions.
While there’s no doubt of the value generated by fundamental research, both cultural and tangible, watch live how five global experts discuss what other avenues to new knowledge we could install other than supercolliders?
Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.
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Zulfikar Abbany is a Senior Science Editor and multimedia journalist for Germany’s international broadcaster, DW (Deutsche Welle). He has produced and presented events for the European XFEL, DESY and World Health Summit in Germany, DATA.SPACE in Glasgow and spoken at the Battle of Ideas in London. Before that he was in news and current affairs with Australia Network television and Radio Australia for the Asia Pacific region. He has written for New Scientist, The Independent, The Observer, Sydney Morning Herald and The (Melbourne) Age newspapers.
Ursula Bassler is currently deputy director at France’s National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3 – CNRS). After her PhD at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, which she completed in 1993, she went on to work at the LPHNE Laboratory of Nuclear and High-energy Physics in Paris. In 1998 she joined the DØ experiment at the Tevatron collider at Fermilab in the United States, where she worked on the DØ calorimeter designed to measure particle energies with high precision and contributed to improving our understanding of the properties of the top quark particle. Between 2007 and 2013 she headed the particle physics division at the Institute of Research into the fundamental laws of the Universe at French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), in Saclay, France. Ursula Bassler has participated in several national and international committees, such as the CVI, the international committee that evaluated the activities of INFN in Italy, as well as the Scientific Council of DESY in Germany, and HEPAP at the DOE in the United States.
Nigel Lockyer began his tenure as Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in September 2013. Under his leadership, Fermilab has realigned its mission with the recommendations of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel report and has set a course for world leadership in accelerator-based neutrino research through the construction of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and Proton Improvement Plan (PIP-II). As part of the mission, Fermilab plans to produce the most powerful, high intensity neutrino beams by upgrading the accelerator complex beginning with PIP-II. An experimental particle physicist, Lockyer spent six years at the helm of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics, from 2007 to 2013. Lockyer holds a Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the society’s 2006 Panofsky Prize for his leading research on the bottom quark.
Before joining Wellcome in October 2013, Jeremy Farrar was Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam for 18 years. His research interests were infectious diseases and global health, with a focus on emerging infections. He has published almost 600 articles, mentored many dozens of students and fellows, and served as Chair on several advisory boards for governments and global organisations.He was named 12th in the Fortune list of 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015 and was awarded the Memorial Medal and Ho Chi Minh City Medal from the Government of Viet Nam. In 2018 he was awarded the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, the National Academies USA, the European Molecular Biology Organisation and a Fellow of The Royal Society. Jeremy was knighted in the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours for services to global health.
Beate Heinemann is a leading scientist at DESY, and a professor for experimental particle physics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She has worked on the H1 experiment at DESY, on the CDF experiment at Fermilab in the United States, and since 2007 she is a member of the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. With her research she aims to obtain a deeper understanding of the fundamental particles and their interactions. She focuses on measurements probing the weak interaction and the Higgs boson, and on searches for dark matter at the LHC. She also works on the construction of future tracking detectors which will be installed in the next decade.
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