Polish professor to lead research into ‘God Particle’

A Kraków professor has beaten three other eminent scientists to win the post of president of one of the world’s most important research centres.

Prof. Agnieszka Zalewska, of the Polish Academy of Science‘s Institute of Nuclear Physics, will head CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, near Geneva in Switzerland, from January 2013. The centre’s experiments with the Large Hadron Collider and its search for the Higgs Boson, an elementary particle nicknamed the ‘God Particle’, has in recent years raised interest from the scientific community worldwide. It employs some 8,000 scientists, representing academic institutions from around the world.

Prof. Zalewska is a graduate of the Jagiellonian University, who specialises in the research of dark matter. She was awarded the post at CERN having been selected from a shortlist of four scientists.

She said: “The coming years will be fascinating, but demanding, as we prepare the LHC for running at higher energies and implement the updated European Strategy for Particle Physics. CERN and its Council will become my only priority, and I would like to thank the Council members and outgoing President for the confidence they have placed in me.”

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