Department of Physics Writer | February 20, 2017
The 2017 Nanovic Forum features Rolf-Dieter Heuer. On Tuesday, February 21 he will give the Nanovic Lecture, “Science Bridging Cultures and Nations: Exploring the Early Universe.” This talk will be at 5 pm in Rm 101 of the Jordan Hall of Science, where he will be introduced by Dean Mary Galvin. On Wednesday, February 22 Prof. Heuer will give a colloquium in Rm 123 Nieuwland Science Hall at 5:15 pm. This talk, titled “The Higgs-Boson, CERN, and Its Research Activities,” will be moderated by Prof. Michael Hildreth.
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is an experimental particle physicist. He has been CERN Director-General from January 2009 to December 2015. His mandate is characterized by the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) 2009 as well as its energy increase 2015, the discovery of the Higgs-Boson and the geographical enlargement of CERN Membership. He also actively engaged CERN in promoting the importance of science and STEM education for the sustainable development of the society. From 2004 to 2008, Prof. Heuer was research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory, Germany, where he oriented the particle physics groups towards LHC by joining both large experiments, ATLAS and CMS. He has initiated restructuring and focusing of German HEP at the energy frontier with particular emphasis on LHC. Since April 2016 he is President of the German Physical Society. He is designated President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He is also one of the seven members of the High Level Group of scientific advisors to the European Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which was launched in November 2015.