CERN Accelerating science

Science and Society: the Impact of Computing at CERN on Society by Bob Jones, head of CERN openlab

Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 19:30 to 21:30

CERN is often referred to as the place “where the web was born”. The world-wide-web has fundamentally changed society and launched a wave of new global industries. The world-wide-web happened because there was a specific problem that was seen as an Information Technology (IT) challenge by its inventors. As the scientific programme of CERN has progressed, new IT challenges have been faced such as how to handle the mind-boggling amount of data that is produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Being able to face those challenges has contributed to the success of the LHC and the discovery of the Higgs particle. This public lecture will explore some of those challenges, how they have been tackled and what impact they are having beyond physics and ultimately on society as a whole.

The lecture will be in English, with simultaneous interpreting into French.

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