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As particle physicists from across Europe prepare to gather to chart the future of their field, join scientists from CERN to hear about the most ambitious new idea on the table – a gigantic particle collider that would eclipse the world’s current biggest scientific instrument, the Large Collider. The ‘Future Circular Collider’ is a plan for 100km ring-shaped particle accelerator buried underground near Geneva, which will be many times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider. This awesome machine will allow physicists to seek answers to some of the deepest questions about our universe including the nature and whether a deeper theory lies beneath the current Standard Model of particle physics.

Professor John Womersley is one of the world’s foremost particle physicist and has taken leading roles on projects both in Europe and the United States. John worked at Fermilab near Chicago before becoming a scientific advisor to the Department of Energy in the US. He returned to the UK in 2005 to become Director of the Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at a time when it was building and delivering vital components to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. In time John took a broader role as Director of the Science Programmes Office and was then appointed Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council in 2011. He is now the Director General of Europe’s next major science project, the European Spallation Source.

Dr Harry Cliff is a particle physicist based at the University of Cambridge who works on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Harry’s research is focused in searching for signs of new particles and forces beyond the Standard Model of particle physics known as bottom quarks. For the past seven years he has held a joint fellowship with the Science Museum, where he curated exhibitions on physics and astronomy including a major exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider. Harry is an enthusiastic communicator of science, including talks for TED and the Royal Institution that have received millions of views.

The event will be chaired by physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster Helen Czerski.

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.

This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.