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The Higgs Symposium

Event description

The Higgs Symposium, organized by the Higgs Centre, and co-sponsored by the IPPP, will take place at the University of Edinburgh, 9-11 January 2013. The Symposium will consist of 12 plenary lectures, focused on the discovery of the Higgs boson and its impact on physics. The scientific programme is now available. Speakers include John Ellis, Mikhail Shaposhnikov, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Michael Atiyah, Subir Sachdev, Peter Higgs, Chris Llewellyn Smith, Howie Haber, Joe Incandela, Eilam Gross, Riccardo Rattazzi, David Kosower and Matt Strassler.

A poster is available here. The Symposium group photo is available here.

A £75 fee, to be paid upon registration, will cover coffee breaks, lunches on the three days (Wednesday through Friday) a reception on Wednesday evening and a conference dinner on the Thursday. The Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) provides funds to reimburse the £75 fee for UK-based students. We have some accommodation pre-booked for this event for the nights of January 8, 9 and 10. If you would like to use this accommodation, please indicate that in the registration procedure, and the secretary will get in touch with you via email. The Higgs Centre will cover the accommodation costs for a limited number of PhD students.

For any enquiry please contact the Higgs Centre Secretary, Lyndsey Miller: L.Miller [at]

The Higgs Symposium: scientific programme*

January 9th - morning - Chair: Richard Kenway

10:00-10:30Richard BallWelcome
10:30-11:30Chris Llewellyn SmithWaiting for Higgs
11:30-12:30Joe IncandelaHiggs boson searches in CMS: status and prospects

January 9th - afternoon - Chair: Christos Leonidopoulos

14:00-15:00Eilam GrossAn observation of a Higgs-like particle with the ATLAS detector.
15:00-16:00Riccardo RattazziThe hierarchy problem and compositeness
16:00-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:30Michael AtiyahThe mathematics of symmetry breaking
18:00Reception (Informatics Forum)

January 10th - morning - Chair: Einan Gardi

10:00-11:00Howie HaberA Higgs Hunter's Perspective
11:30-12:30Mikhail ShaposhnikovHiggs boson mass and the scale of new physics
12:30-14:00Lunch/IAC meeting

January 10th - afternoon - Chair: Luigi Del Debbio

14:00-15:00Nima Arkani-Hamed Supersymmetry and the Higgs
15:00-16:00David Kosower New Methods in Computational Quantum Field Theory
16:30-17:30Subir SachdevQuantum phase transitions in condensed matter: from the Higgs particle to holography
19:30Dinner (Playfair Library, Old College)

January 11th - morning - Chair: Richard Ball

09:30-10:30Matt Strassler Looking Beyond the Standard Model
10:30-11:00Peter HiggsMy Life as a Boson
11:30-12:30John Ellis The Higgs boson and beyond
12:30-13:00Panel discussion
14:00Meeting closed
  • Venue: The University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

The Higgs Symposium


Informatics Forum (Find us on campus maps)
10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh