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Royal Society International lecture 2012 by Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN
With the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world, and the lecture will present some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the LHC. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter and the existence of hidden extra dimensions. The lecture will address the exciting physics prospects offered by the LHC, present latest results and also a look forward.
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer has been CERN Director General since January 2009. He obtained his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. Most of his scientific work has focused on the study of electron-positron reactions, the development of experimental techniques, as well as the construction and operation of large detector systems. From 1984 to 1998, Professor Heuer was a staff member at CERN, working for the OPAL experiment at the electron-positron storage ring LEP. During his 15 years at CERN Professor Heuer occupied the highest managerial positions in the OPAL experiment and was the OPAL's spokesperson in 1994-1998. In 1998, Rolf-Dieter Heuer was appointed to a chair at the University of Hamburg. Then, he set up a working group to prepare experiments at an electron-positron Linear Collider that quickly became one of the leading groups in this field worldwide. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Heuer was research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory, a member of the Helmholtz association. He has been a member of many scientific committees and advisory bodies where he has acquired a great deal of expertise in reviewing projects as well as in assessing and promoting people. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and has title of Doctor Honoris Causa in different Universities.
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