Join us on Thursday 14th January for Uplink 36 with Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN, and Tony Donné, Programme Manager (CEO) of EUROfusion. This very special episode of Uplink will see these two leaders in their field sharing their insights into particle physics research – the science of everything! We’ll be live from 8pm (GMT) / 9pm (CET) / 3pm (EST) here (don’t forget to subscribe).


CERN is responsible for the Large Hadron Collider, is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider and the largest machine in the world. It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 miles) in circumference and as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva. The LHC was built to explore predictions of the Standard Model of particle physics and beyond, including antimatter, dark matter, supersymmetry, and cosmic rays. In 2012, the LHC ATLAS and CMS experiments discovered evidence for a subatomic particle matching the expected properties of the Higgs boson, the fundamental carrier of mass. Peter Higgs & François Englert won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for their theoretical work decades earlier that culminated in this discovery.


Fabiola Gianotti is a particle physicist with a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Milan. She was appointed Director-General of CERN in 2014, heading one of Europe’s leading scientific research organisations, comprising 23 member states, 8 associate states, and several international observers. Prior to becoming DG, she worked on several CERN experiments, covering detector R&D and construction, software development and data analysis. In particular, she played an important role in the development of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In recognition of her leadership role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, Fabiola  was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society and the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen). Fabiola also has 12 honorary doctoral degrees from universities across the world, worked as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, was included among the Guardian newspaper’s “Top 100 most inspirational women” in 2011, and ranked 5th in Time magazine’s Personality of the Year in 2012. She has played a key role in promoting women in science and also has a passion for music.


EUROfusion is a consortium of European national fusion research institutes working with the EURATOM programme as part of world-wide efforts to realise the practical generation of clean, carbon-free energy by harnessing the physics that operates in the heart of the Sun. The EUROfusion Roadmap towards commercial fusion energy generation encompasses basic physics research and technology development activities using a variety of tokamak, stellarator, and linear devices. The main focus of this work is preparation for experiments at the ITER fusion reactor currently under construction in Cadarache, France, and DEMO, the proposed first demonstration nuclear fusion power plant. 


Tony Donné is a nuclear physicist with a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam. He has worked across Europe at various plasma and fusion physics research organisations, and is also a professor at Eindhoven University for Technology. After serving on a number of international coordination and advisory committees linked to EURATOM, EFDA, IEA, and Fusion for Energy (F4E), he was appointed Programme Manager (CEO) for EUROfusion when it was founded in 2014. 


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