CERN Director General at Heriot-Watt University – live online

First & only UK talk since the announcement in July of the “Higgs-like” boson discovery.

Professor Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, presented a lecture to an audience of students, academics and members of the public at Heriot-Watt University on 30 August ’12. Prof. Heuer was joined on stage for a question and answer session afterwards by Prof. Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the Higgs Boson of “God Particle”.

The lecture was entitled ‘The Large Hadron Collider: Unveiling the Universe’. This was Professor Heuer’s first and only engagement in the UK following the CERN team’s announcement on the 4th of July of the discovery of a ‘Higgs-like’ Boson. The lecture was broadcast live online throughout the world. Follow the links below to watch a recording.

L-R: Professor Peter Higgs, Principal Professor Steve Chapman and Professor Rolf Heuer

L-R: Professor Peter Higgs, Principal Professor Steve Chapman and Professor Rolf Heuer


Prof. Heuer’s lecture  noted that with the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world.

The lecture  presented some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the team’s current work. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter, and the existence of hidden extra dimensions. During the colloquium we will hear about this exciting new physics, the first results, and in particular the recent Higgs-like’ Boson discovery.




<<31 August 2012 Update>>

Watch a recording of the event

The lecture was video-streamed live via the University’s website followed by a question and answer session. To find out more about the event, click here:

To go directly to a recording of the talk, click here:


To view the video recording you will need to have Windows Media Player v9 or higher on your pc. Mac users with Mac OS X can use QuickTime with the ‘flip4mac’ windows media components.

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