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Durham University

Department of Physics

Stirling Lecture

The 2017 Stirling Lecture was held on Monday 4th December at 2pm in CG 93 (Scarborough Lecture theatre, Chemistry).

The lecture titled "Physics at CERN: Present an Future" was given by Professor Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN.

Professor Fabiola Gianotti is the first female Director General of CERN. On 4 July 2012 Professor Gianotti announced the discovery of the Higgs particle as spokesperson of the ATLAS collaboration. She was included among the “Top 100 most inspirational women” by The Guardian newspaper (UK, 2011), ranked 5th in Time magazine’s Personality of the Year (USA, 2012), included among the “Top 100 most influential women” by Forbesmagazine (USA, 2013) and considered among the “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy magazine (USA, 2013).


The Stirling Lecture is an annual public lecture organised by IPPP in honour of its first director, Professor James Stirling CBE, FRS, now Provost of Imperial College London. The lecture series was created in 2008.

15 Dec 2008: Prof. Brian Foster FRS, Oxford University and the violinist Jack Liebeck, 'Superstrings ... a celebration of Einstein and physics, with music by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and F. Kreisler' (Sitrling Lecture 2008)

10 Dec 2009: Prof. Brian Cox, Manchester University, 'CERN's Big Bang Machine: The Large Hadron Collider' (Stirling Lecture 2009)

9 Dec 2010: Graham Farmelo, author, By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, `Paul Dirac and the religion of mathematical beauty' (Stirling Lecture 2010)

8 Dec 2011: Simon Singh, MBE, author, 'Fermat's Last Theorem'

6 Dec 2012: Prof. Frank Close, Oxford University, 'The Infinity Puzzle - from Higgs to the LHC' (Stirling Lecture 2012)

3 Dec 2013: Prof. John Ellis, CBE, FRS, King's College London, 'Beyond the Higgs Boson'

4 Dec 2014: Prof. Al-Khalili, OBE, University of Surrey, 'Life on the Edge: the coming of age of quantum biology' (Stirling Lecture 2014)

7 Dec 2015: Sir John Pendry, Imperial College London, 'Cloaking and Invisibility'

5 Dec 2016: Prof. Jonathan Butterworth, University College London, 'Smashing Physics: Latest news from the energy frontier' (Stirling Lecture 2016)

4 Dec 2017: Prof. Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN, 'Physcis at CERN: Present and future' (Stirling Lecture 2017)