'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? Our panel of experts discussed 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 1973.
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.