Paris, 13 JULY 2010

PRESS INVITATION ICHEP 2010 LHC and high energy physics : latest results and future prospects

What are the latest results in the search for the Higgs boson? How are LHC experiments progressing? What are the first clues of the existence of dark matter? What is the latest on neutrinos?

CNRS/IN2P3 (1) and CEA invite you to attend the press conference

LHC and high energy physics: latest results

On Monday 26 July 2010, at 1pm Paris time (CEST)

at the Palais des Congrès (Salle Maillot)

2 Place de la Porte Maillot - 75017 Paris, France
(Underground line 1 - Porte Maillot-Palais des Congrès, Regional railway line RER C Neuilly-Porte Maillot-Palais des Congrès)

From the LHC, through neutrinos to dark matter, the very latest results of high energy physics experiments will be unveiled at ICHEP 2010 (International Conference on High Energy Physics), which will bring together more than 1000 physicists from around the world from 22 to 28 July 2010 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. ICHEP is the largest series of international conferences on particle physics in the world. It is the second time that this biennial event, inaugurated 60 years ago, is being held in Paris, the last occasion being in 1982. An unmissable meeting of minds in the field of high energy physics, ICHEP 2010 is organized by the French scientific community (CNRS/IN2P3 and CEA). The press conference will preview the latest results in particle physics, detail the key areas of progress in the field and outline the challenges and issues at stake.

With contributions from:

•    Guy Wormser, CNRS Senior Researcher, Chairman of the local organization committee of the ICHEP conference and Director of the Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire (LAL) in Orsay (Université Paris-Sud/CNRS-IN2P3). General introduction.

•    Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN(2). The latest results from pioneering particle physics experiments carried out on the LHC accelerator at CERN.
2010 is a turning point for high energy physics with the launch, last March, of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) scientific program at CERN in Geneva. After smashing the energy record for the production of high energy collisions, the LHC has become the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. The first results of the program, in a still unexplored energy domain, will be disclosed at ICHEP 2010.

•    Mel Shochet, Professor at the University of Chicago and Chairman of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) in the United States. The latest results from landmark particle physics experiments carried out on the Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab(3).
At the Tevatron in Chicago, United States, physicists have collected more data than ever before, opening the way to high-precision measurements that will allow the Standard Model, the current “theory” of particle physics, to be tested.

•    Atsuto Suzuki, Director General of KEK(4) and Chairman of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA). Future accelerators and the main current developments in neutrino and astroparticle physics.
In astroparticle physics, recent studies carried out on the search for dark matter and on the oscillations of neutrinos have seen some very promising developments.

These leading scientists will then share their outlook for the future of high energy physics. The first progress reports on projects scheduled for the forthcoming decade will also be presented. This impressive agenda will make the ICHEP 2010 international conference a major scientific event at the very heart of current international scientific developments.

The press conference will be held in English and simultaneously translated into French. Access to the press conference in English will be possible via a telephone broadcast system. To obtain the number and access code, please contact Perrine Royole-Degieux at:

Since access to the Palais des Congrès is strictly controlled, please register for the press conference before 12am on 23 July 2010 by contacting Laetitia Louis, press officer, on +33 (0)1 44 96 51 37 or by email:

To find out more on ICHEP 2010:


Affiche de la Nuit des particules au Grand Rex.

© Marie Lauvergeon.

In July, particle physics is celebrated.

During the conference, free scientific events and activities will be proposed to the general public throughout the week, as part of the Paris Plage operation.
To close the week, a special “Cinemascience” evening entitled the “Night of Particles” is being organized at the Grand Rex cinema on 27 July (starting at 7.30pm), with the participation of Michel Davier, member of the French Academy of Sciences, and the actress Irène Jacob. This event will provide an opportunity to discuss science in cinema or the mysteries of the infinitely small and the infinitely large with the public. Later in the evening, there will be a special showing of Danny Boyle's science fiction film Sunshine (free entry).

To find out more:
See press release of 15 June 2010: and



(1) Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules of CNRS.
(2) CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is a particle physics research laboratory and has its headquarters near Geneva. Its principal accelerator is the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).
(3) FERMILAB, an acronym for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is located near Chicago. Its main accelerator is the Tevatron.
(4) KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization) is a Japanese high energy physics laboratory located in Tsukuba near Tokyo, where the Belle experiment is being carried out on the KEKB accelerator.


Contact information
Press contact ICHEP 2010 l Laetitia Louis l T 01 44 96 51 37 l
Valerie Herczeg l T 01 44 96 51 38 l


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