Celebrating CERN's 60 years of existence at the Académie
A great success of European, and from now on international, scientific cooperation, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the most important laboratory of fundamental physics in the world.
Major progress in the field of particle physics has been achieved there. In 2014, physicists have celebrated the 60th anniversary since the founding of CERN. Such was the case at the Académie des Sciences which, in the name of the French scientific community, devoted a scientific session to this event, along with the official ceremony celebrating this anniversary at UNESCO. This session gave the opportunity to look back into the most important fundamental breakthroughs achieved at CERN, with special awards to Higgs boson, but also to remind that the technologies developed at CERN have numerous applications in our daily lives. The session ended with a review of the European strategy on particle physics.
Opening of the sessionCatherine Bréchignac, Perpetual Secretary of the Académie des Sciences
Catherine Cesarsky, Member of the Académie des Sciences, Vice-President CERN Council
60 years of Science at CERN : Major breakthroughsMichel Davier, Member of the Académie des Sciences
Presentation by Geneviève Fioraso, secrétaire d'État chargé de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche
The great adventure of the discovery of the Higgs bosonGaëlle Boudoul, Institut de physique nucléaire de Lyon (CNRS-IN2P3/université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1)
European strategy in particle PhysicsPhilippe Chomaz, Institut de recherche sur les lois fondamentales de l'univers (CEA,Saclay)