Fabiola Gianotti isn’t new to CERN, the Geneva, Switzerland-based research organization that operates the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest particle collider. The Italian particle physicist was among the CERN scientists who made history in 2012 with the discovery of the Higgs boson. Now Gianotti isn’t just working at CERN. As the organization’s new director-general – the first woman ever to hold the position – she’s running the show. The second run of the LHC is the top priority for CERN in the coming years. There will be a wealth of excellent physics results from the LHC Run 2 and from other CERN experiments.
Over the coming years, the greatest opportunities and challenges, not only for CERN but for the global particle physics community as a whole, come from the changing nature of the field.
CERN recently signed a set of agreements with the U.S. outlining U.S. participation in the upgrade of the LHC and CERN participation in neutrino projects at Fermilab in the U.S. There are also emerging players in the field, notably China, whose scientific community has expressed ambitious goals for a potential future facility.