Liverpool graduates visit home of Higgs Boson discovery


University of Liverpool scientists play a major role at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory

More than 100 alumni and guests travelled to Geneva for an event at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the international organisation which operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

They were joined by the Vice-Chancellor and Lady Newby, Professor Steve Holloway, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Liverpool scientists based at CERN.

The afternoon began with a presentation by Paul Collier who is CERN’s Head of Beams, and an address by Professor Themis Bowcock from the Department of Physics.

The visitors took part in a tour of the facility taking in three sites which included the SM18 Magnet Assembly Area, the ATLAS experiment which Liverpool is centrally involved with, and the CMS experiment, which included the opportunity to go underground.

The Philanthropy and Alumni Relations Team, based in Corporate Communications, organised the event which was part of the developing Switzerland alumni network.  The University has active alumni networks across the world through which 177,000 alumni in 192 countries can keep in touch.

The University has played a long-standing central role to CERN, and has been integral to CERN for more than five decades – Liverpool scientists built the first detector at CERN in 1954 and is centrally involved in a number of its leading experiments.


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