Potter, Connie



A decade after the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the large Hadron Collider at CERN still leads the world in the search to uncover what the universe is made of, how it was formed, and what fate may lie in store for it. If there is such a thing as a cutting edge, it surely lies 100 metres below the Swiss-French border, at the point the beams collide. As part of a unique collaboration, this book pairs a team of award-winning authors with CERN physicists to explore some of the consequences of what the LHC is learning, through fiction. Authors include Sherlock and Dr. Who writer Steven Moffat, novelist and Small Axe screenwriter Courttia Newland, Dame Margaret Drabble and SF legends Ian Watson (whose credits include the screenplay for the Spielberg's A.I.) and Stephen Baxter (winner of the Philip K Dick and John W Campbell Memorial Award). Featuring CERN physicist and engineers: Professor Lyn Evans, Professor John Ellis, Dr. Andrea Bersani, Dr. Tessa Charles, Dr. Joey Huston, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. Carole Weydert, Dr. Joe Haley, Dr. Kristin Lohwasser, Dr. Pete Dong, Dr. Daniel Cervenkov, Dr. Andrea Giammanco.


Connie Potter is a long-standing CERN staff member with a BSc (Hons) in International Studies and member of the ATLAS experiment for over 25 years where her experience in conference and event organisation and immersion in a world of physicists have led to ground-breaking projects on science communication for CERN. Wanting to share the excitement of physics that she experienced in ATLAS with the general public, she created the CERN Festival Programme, taking science to new audiences at music and culture festivals as well as founding the CERN Special Guest programme, welcoming the likes of Muse, Metallica and Jack White for special visits of CERN. The very first Science Pavilion was at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festival in the UK, in 2016. This annual programme has since gone from strength to strength reaching over 20’000 people, and she now produces Science Pavilions for music and culture festivals all over the world as well as public outreach programmes for physics conferences worldwide.