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​CERN: an International Laboratory between Fundamental Science and Technological Innovation by Prof Luciano Maiani (4 Dec 2019)

Published on: 08-Nov-2019

NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH), Graduate College and the Embassy of Italy in Singapore are jointly organising a talk on 'CERN: an International Laboratory between Fundamental Science and Technological Innovation' by Professor Luciano Maiani on 4 December 2019, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, at the LT 2 - SPMS, (SPMS-03-03).

CERN (Conseil Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was established in Geneva by fourteen Countries in 1954 as the first European Laboratory and is today a global leader in the research for fundamental particles. Besides developing fundamental science, CERN has been fostering the transmission of new technological ideas to society. It is indeed the birthplace of the world wide web and of the first capacitive touchscreen, two technologies that have deeply changed communication in the present society.  It will be described the way CERN was born, its scientific successes, in particular the Large Hadron Collider and the consequent discovery of the Higgs boson, and the efforts to spread Scientific knowledge and to transfer Technological Innovation to Humanity. A notable example is the use of the most advanced accelerator techniques  in hadrontherapy for cancer treatment and in cultural heritage diagnostic.

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About Professor Luciano Maiani

Prof Luciano Maiani was born in Rome (Italy) where he obtained his university Degree in physics. He is also Doctor Honoris Causa c/o many Universities in Aix-Marseille (France), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Warsaw (Poland) and Puebla (Mexico). He is now Emeritus Professor of Rome University "La Sapienza" and fellow of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the American Physical Society. He was President of many Italian research and government Institutions like the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), the National Research Council (CNR), the Technical Scientific Committee, Applied Research Fund, the National Committee for Large Risks. At International level he was President of the Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and after Director General of CERN from 1999 to 2003. He chaired many International Scientific Committees like for the UNESCO International Center for Theoretical Physics. He was very active in promoting international cooperation having been President of the High Energy Physics Latinoamerican Network (HELEN 2005-2009 ) and of the  European Particle physics Latin American Network (EPLANET 2011-2016). He is now also President of the International General Balzan Prize for achievements in the field of humanties, natural science, culture and peace. As a theoretical physicist, he is worldwide known for the prediction of charmed subatomic particles (the so-called GIM effect with the Nobel Laureate S. Glashow and with J. Iliopoulos) which were later discovered and also awarded with Nobel Prize. In addition he developed fundamental theories for the Higgs boson, for the Supersymmetry, for the Quantum Chromodynamics and for exotic hadrons.

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