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20 May 2014
London, United Kingdom
The Royal Society
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Dr Rebecca Jones
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
United Kingdom
020 7451 2513


We have a discovery: the future of the Higgs boson

Panel discussion with Professor Ben Allanach, Professor John Ellis CBE FRS, Professor Tara Shears, Professor Terry Wyatt FRS and chaired by Alok Jha.

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'We have a discovery. We have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson. It is a milestone, I think we can all be proud.' These were the words of Rolf Heuer, CERN Director General, on 4th July 2012, when a ground-breaking moment in particle physics arrived after an ongoing search of half a century for the elusive 'God particle'. But what does this actually mean to us, and what does the future look like? Join our panel of experts to discover what the hunt was all about, the importance and broader implications of the discovery, and what we are now planning to do moving forwards.

Ben Allanach is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Principal Investigator for theoretical high energy physics at the University of Cambridge.

John Ellis is Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King's College London and has worked at CERN since 1978.

Tara Shears is an experimental particle physicist and Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool.

Terry Wyatt is Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.

Alok Jha is an author, broadcaster and science correspondent at the Guardian.

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This event is free to attend and open to all. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6.00pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation please contact the events team by 5 May and we would be happy to arrange an interpreter. We have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users and ten bookable seats for people with impaired mobility who are unable to queue. To book in advance, please contact the events team.

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