On Nov. 2, the Falling Walls Foundation hosted an online panel titled “Falling Walls Circle Table: The Next Big Machine – Does CERN Need Another Supercollider?”
A video of the hour-long panel discussion is now available online. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer was one of the panelists. The others were Zulfikar Abbany of Deutsche Welle, Ursula Bassler of the CERN Council, Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust and Beate Heinemann of DESY.
With CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in full swing and scheduled to run into the late 2030s, now might seem a strange time to be planning a new supercollider for Europe. Yet that’s just what the recently updated European strategy for particle physics has recommended. Based on a broad grass-roots consultation with CERN’s global user community, the strategy concludes that a much larger facility hosted by the Geneva laboratory is the best option for furthering humankind’s understanding of the universe at the microscopic level, while ensuring continued European leadership in the field, and remaining complementary to fundamental physics research in other regions.
While there’s no doubt of the value generated by fundamental research, both cultural and tangible, watch live how five global experts discuss what other avenues to new knowledge we could install other than supercolliders?