The Nanovic Forum Lecture "Science Bridging Cultures and Nations: Exploring the Early Universe"


Location: Jordan Hall of Science, Room 101 (View on map )

Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Rolf-Dieter Heuer served as Director-General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, from 2009 to 2015. (Image: CERN)

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Nanovic Forum Lecture

"Science Bridging Cultures and Nations: Exploring the Early Universe"
Tuesday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall of Science, Room 101

Introduced by Mary Galvin
William K. Warren Foundation Dean and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science, University of Notre Dame

Informal Colloquium

"The Higgs-Boson, CERN and its Research Activities"
Wednesday, February 22 at 5:15 p.m.
Nieuwland Science Hall, Room 123

Moderated by Michael Hildreth
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Physics, College of Science, University of Notre Dame

About the Speaker

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is an experimental particle physicist. He has been CERN Director-General from January 2009 to December 2015. His mandate is characterized by the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) 2009 as well as its energy increase 2015, the discovery of the Higgs-Boson and the geographical enlargement of CERN Membership. He also actively engaged CERN in promoting the importance of science and STEM education for the sustainable development of the society. From 2004 to 2008, Heuer was research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory, Germany, where he oriented the particle physics groups towards LHC by joining both large experiments, ATLAS and CMS. He has initiated restructuring and focusing of German HEP at the energy frontier with particular emphasis on LHC. Since April 2016 he is President of the German Physical Society. He is designated President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He is also one of the seven members of the High Level Group of scientific advisors to the European Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which was launched in November 2015. 

Professor Heuer has published over 500 scientific papers and holds many Honorary Degrees from universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. He is Member of several Academies of Sciences in Europe, in particular of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Honorary Member of the European Physical Society. In 2015 he received the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2016 he was appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the French Republic.

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Nanovic Forum Lecture (Feb 21 at 5 p.m.)
Parking is suggested in the B2 Library, C1, or D6 Bulla Lot. 
Please allow 15 minutes to walk from your car to Jordan Hall of Science.

Informal Colloquium (Feb 22 at 5:15 p.m.)
Parking is suggested in the B1, C1, or D6 Bulla Lots. 
From the D6 Bulla Lot, a campus shuttle (North Route 1, Main Building) can be taken to the Main Building, a short walk from Nieuwland Science Hall. 
Please allow 15 minutes to walk from your car to Nieuwland Hall, or 30 minutes to take the shuttle to the Main Building, then walk to Nieuwland Hall.

About the Nanovic Forum

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, established the Nanovic Forum through the generosity of Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, in order to continue to deepen Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing prominent figures to campus in a wide range of fields to explore, discuss, and debate the most pressing questions about Europe today. 

View Past Speakers

Past Nanovic Forum speakers have included Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Horst Koehler, former president of Germany; Bernhard Schlink, a German novelist and constitutional court justice; and Hanna Suchocka, former prime minister of Poland.

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