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Victoria Martin – The Higgs boson: Past, Present & Future

Selfie at ATLAS

In 2012, physicists working on the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced the discovery of the mysterious, but long-searched-for, Higgs boson particle. This subatomic particle had been envisioned almost 50 years before by Brout, Englert, Higgs & others.
After the discovery, Peter Higgs and Fran ̧cois Englert were awarded the Nobel prize in Physics 2013 for their pioneering theoretical work predicting this new particle. She will introduce the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider and explain how and why physicists from all over the world are still working together on understanding more about the Higgs boson and its consequences for the fundamental physics of the universe.
Victoria Martin is a reader in particle physics at the University of Edinburgh, and researcher on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC and the CLIC detector & physics project.


Reinhard Prix – The “Sound” of the Universe: First Detection of Gravitational Waves and Beyond 

A burst of gravitational waves that was emitted in the final moments of the merger of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago passed through the two LIGO detectors on Sept 14, 2015.
This event resulted in the first direct detection of gravitational waves (announced on Feb 11, 2016), and marked the beginning of the new era of gravitational-wave as-
tronomy. Gravitational waves provide us with a whole new window into the universe, by allowing us to “hear” the motion of massive objects, informing us about events and properties that are inaccessible otherwise. They also allow new and more stringent tests of Einstein’s theory of gravitation.

In this talk he will describe the first detection, the current status and the bright future prospects of gravitational-wave astronomy.


Karin Everschor-Sitte  – Topological Materials
Karin Everschor-Sitte studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cologne from 2003 to 2009, and was a member of the Bonn Cologne Graduate School of Physics until 2012. After a scholarship of the German Telekom Foundation
and a stay abroad at the University of Texas, she took her postdoc at the Technical University in Munich as well as at the University of Texas.
She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and has been a member of MAINZ, Graduate School of Excellence as well as the head of Emmy Noether group TWIST since 2016. Additionally Karin Everschor-Sitte is Scientific Coordinator of SPICE.
She will give a keynote lecture at the symposium related to latest Nobel Prizes about Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics.

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