Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics


The discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in 2012, almost half a century after Peter Higgs' prediction in 1964, was a milestone in the history of theoretical physics. Rarely in the history of physics has a theoretical prediction been confirmed so spectacularly, so long after it was originally made.

This marked the start of a new era in theoretical physics. While the Standard Model of elementary particle physics is now complete, many fundamental questions remain unanswered. We still don't understand the intricate structure of charges and flavours in the Standard Model, nor what determines the values of its parameters. We are still struggling to build a compelling theory of quantum gravity, and understand the role played by the vacuum in the formation of the early Universe. We have no idea what dark matter and dark energy are, and we have difficulty understanding structure formation and complexity.

The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics was established by the University of Edinburgh to seek answers to some of these questions, by creating opportunities for physicists and students from around the world to come together to formulate new theoretical concepts to take us beyond the limitations of current paradigms.

Postdoctoral vacancies

The Higgs Centre currently have two available postdoctoral positions in LHC phenomenology and lattice field theory, starting in Fall 2019. Please see our recruitment page for more information. Deadline for applying is the 30th of November 2018.

Upcoming workshops

Beyond the lab
  • The Higgs Centre for Innovation
Cross-disciplinary perspectives on model-independent searches
  • Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh
Higgs Maxwell Meeting 2019
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
Recent Developments in Holography
  • Higgs Centre Seminar Room, JCMB

Upcoming talks

PPT Seminars: James Monk (tba)

Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305, JCMB

PPT Seminars: Paul McFadden (tba)

Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305, JCMB

PPT Seminars: Matteo Giordano (t.b.a.)

Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305, JCMB

PPT Seminars: Jan Plefka (tba)

Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305, JCMB