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Albert De Roeck
 
Prof. Dr. Albert De Roeck is a senior research scientist and staff member of the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, CERN, located near Geneva, Switzerland. CERN is the home of the new particle accelerator: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). De Roeck is also a professor at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Particle Physics and Phenomenology in Durham (UK), University of California Davis (US) and the British University in Cairo (Egypt). He obtained his PhD at the University of Antwerp on an experiment at CERN, studying the multi-particle dynamics in hadron-hadron interactions, by colliding meson beams on protons and nuclear targets. After his PhD, De Roeck spent 10 years at the German particle physics laboratory, DESY, where he and his team made very precise measurements of the quark and gluon structure of the proton, and performed precise tests of the strong force. At the end of the 90's his interest turned to the possibility to discover new physics at future particle colliders, in particular Supersymmetry and Extra Dimensions, and he returned to CERN. He first joined an experiment at the large electron-positron collider LEP, studying the strong force and searching for signals of new physics. During the last ten years, he played a significant role in the preparation of one of the experiments at the LHC: the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS).  De Roeck is one the leaders in the CMS physics program and actively involved in physics analyses. De Roeck was also the deputy spokesperson of the experiment in 2010 and 2011. He was the convener of the Higgs search physics group in 2012-2013, and had a leading role in the discovery of that particle in July 2012 in the CMS experiment.
 
He regularly gives seminars and lectures all over the world on the physics potential and results of the LHC project, and appears regularly in Television or Radio programs. In 2010 Prof. De Roeck got a doctor honoris causa degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Co-author of  more than 1000 scientific papers and an h-index of 117, as an experimentalist he also has also been collaborating closely with leading theorists of the field.
 
Abstract: “Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN: Challenges and Opportunities”
 
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has produced proton-proton collisions at a centre of mass energy of 8 Tera-Electron Volt (TeV). These are the most energetic collisions ever produced in the laboratory. The Large Hadron Collider is a circular atom smashers of 27 kilometers of length located 100 m underground at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC is probably the most complex scientific instrument build by mankind so far.  It's science goal is to help us understand what the smallest building blocks of matter are, how they interact, and what the conditions were at the very beginning of the creation of our Universe. 
 
Large experiments have been constructed at the four interaction points of the LHC, to detect and study the particles created in these high energy collisions. The results of the 2010-2012 data taking run have led to the much acclaimed discovery of the Higgs boson, a very new kind of fundamental particle that helps to explain why the Universe is as we observe it. 
 
This overview will discuss the Large Hadron Collider complex and its main experiments. Cutting edge technologies have been used and are further planned for the upgrades of the present detectors. The plans for the next 20 years at the LHC will be discussed. Opportunities for Arab states in joining the CERN science program will be presented.