Instant Expert: Particle physics: Revealing the mysteries of matter
Saturday 13 April, 10am - 5pm | Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
The Large Hadron Collider began smashing atoms together in 2009 and continues to throw up surprising insights into the fundamental building blocks of the universe. It’s via evidence from particle accelerators such at the LHC and its predecessors that we derived our best understanding of the nature of matter: the Standard Model of particle physics.
But what is the Standard Model and is it complete? Is it the final answer to the question of what atoms are made of? The Standard Model implies four forces of nature, could there be a fifth?
Particle accelerators have also given us evidence to answer other questions, such as what gives objects mass. They’ve also allowed us to explore mysterious particles like quarks and neutrinos. Join six leading experts to find out everything we know about what stuff is made of.
NEW EVENT FORMAT FOR 2024
We are always seeking ways to make our events more inclusive and to find new ways to deliver value to you. For 2024 we have reduced the ticket prices and introduced a new ticket option “super early bird” for our Instant Expert events. All our Instant Expert events will be held at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. An Instant Expert ticket will no longer included refreshments or lunch, but the agenda includes a lunch break and there are many great eateries close to Conway Hall to choose from. But what doesn’t change is that each event will continue to feature six expert speakers sharing their knowledge and latest research on the event topic. We hope you like the changes we have made to the event format for 2024, and as always we welcome your feedback.
At this Instant Expert, you’ll:
- Learn about the standard model of particle physics, and why it’s only the beginning.
- Explore the incredible results from particle colliders such as the LHC at CERN.
- Discover neutrinos, the strangest particles in the universe.
- Find out why matter has mass.
- Uncover why there’s more matter than antimatter in the universe.
Talks and speakers:
The standard model - the theory of (almost) everything
Harry Cliff, Particle Physicist, University of Cambridge
The standard model of particle physics is the closest we’ve come to a theory of everything, describing the the basic ingredients of matter and the forces that hold them together with dazzling, sometimes maddening accuracy. In this talk, Dr Harry Cliff will describe how the standard model was assembled over more than a century, beginning with the discovery of the electron in a pokey Cambridge lab in 1897 and culminating with the observation of a Higgs boson using the largest scientific instrument ever built, the Large Hadron Collider, in 2012. Along the way we’ll discover the beautiful mathematical principles that underly this magnificent theory and the questions that it leaves unanswered.
Melissa Uchida, Lecturer in High Energy Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Neutrinos are the second lightest particles in the Universe and the second most abundant. They are all around us but yet pass completely unnoticed through matter; in fact around 500 billion just passed through your thumbnail as you read this. But this tiny particle has challenged our understanding of particle physics and its behaviour can have cosmological implications. Here we will look at the nature of neutrinos, at some of the experiments working to understand them and think about some of the big questions. Are neutrinos partly responsible for the creation of our Universe?
Gavin Hesketh, Professor of Physics, University College London
3 more exciting talks to be announced soon...
Who should attend?
Anyone interested in particle physics, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: Particle physics - Revealing the mysteries of matter offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.
Benefits of attending:
- Become an expert in one day
- Informal set-up, meet like minded people
- Open your mind, be inspired
- Unique chance to ask your burning questions to our experts
What's included in your ticket:
- In-depth and engaging talks from six leading scientists
- Ask-an-expert Question Time session
- Your chance to meet our six speakers and New Scientist host
- Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers
The event will be held at the Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
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