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The Greater Impact of the LHC: What's in it for the rest of the world?

Product of the ATLAS Collaboration
Product of the ATLAS Collaboration





Steven Goldfarb


To explain the broader impacts of the LHC and benefits to society


As with any fundamental scientific endeavour, the true and enduring impact of the LHC physics program will not be measured in our lifetime. Rather, generations of future achievements will follow from the combination of scientific knowledge and methods born from the research. The unprecedented size, scope and innovative nature of the LHC experiments, however, are already leaving a broad and significant impact on our society. A few of the more impressive, far-reaching, and amusing examples of these contributions are presented in this document.


What remains is the task of communicating this progress to those who support it; that is, the rest of the world. Coordinated efforts by the outreach and educational programs of CERN and the experiments, coupled with a significant increase in media coverage, have succeeded to put the spotlight on the LHC. In addition, the rapidly growing popularity of social media has provided these programs with new tools to focus this spotlight on the benefits of our work. I present means to use these tools effectively as we enter a new era of public scientific communication based on dialogue and discussion.

Post date: Fri, Nov 04, 2011 — 14:49
Updated date: Fri, Sep 06, 2013 — 12:01

Learning Topics

Broader Impacts