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The engineering behind the large hadron collider


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The engineering behind the large hadron collider (cern)

Date and Time

22 March 2013 - 18:30-21:00


Sheffield, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Yorkshire South local network.

About this event

Speaker: Dr. Ray Veness

CERN, the European Particle Physics lab in Geneva, has grabbed the headlines in the last year with the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle: The Higgs boson. However, this particle wasn’t pulled out of a hat, but is the result of 20 years of innovation and engineering that led to the construction and successful operation of the largest scientific instrument in the world.

Ray will tell the story of the building of the LHC through the eyes of an engineer, bringing it to life with personal experiences and hands-on demonstrations to illustrate the ups and downs of building big science.

Ray Veness graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Leicester University. He worked on the UK fusion energy programme before moving to CERN in Geneva in 1992 at the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project.
He has held a number of key engineering positions in the project, working on the design and construction of the LHC accelerator and experiments


18:30  Arrive & check-in

19:00  Lecture commences (prompt)

21:00  Lecture ends (approx)

Reasons to attend

Discover how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was constructed and commissioned, through the expereiences of a key engineer.

Additional information

This lecture is aimed at adults and children aged 13+

This event is organised by Sheffield Hallan University and is part of the local Science Week Programme.

Registration information

To reserve your place(s) at this free event, please contact:

Judith Higginson or Telephone: 0114 2254870

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