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The Origin of Mass - explaining the physics behind the 2013 Nobel Prize

Monday, 18 November, 2013 - 16:30 to Monday, 18 November, 2013 - 18:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus

VUB afternoon exposé about the origin of massMany questions…

How did Nobel Prize Laureate François Englert, together with Robert Brout, arrive at his theoretical model explaining the origin of the mass of elementary particles? What was the problem he was trying to solve? What is the connection with the work of Peter Higgs, his fellow Nobel Prize winner? Why did it take so long before the existence of the so-called Brout-Englert-Higssboson was proven empirically in CERN? What does the final discovery of the particle mean for the further development of elementary particle physics?

Clear answers

At ‘The Origin of Mass’, an afternoon exposé organised by HEP@VUB, HEP@VUB, one of the Strategic Research Programs of the VUB, all these and many more questions will be answered in easy to understand terms by Alexander Sevrin, professor in Theoretical Particle Physics and Walter Van Doninck, Vice-President of the CERN Council.

'The Origin of Mass’. 
Everything you always wanted to know about mass but were afraid to not understand

Ever wondered where mass came from? Eager to get a clear image of the current state of affairs in elementary particle physics? Or just curious as to why Brussels and its universities play such an all-important role in pushing the boundaries of elementary particle physics knowledge? Come to ‘The Origin of Mass’ and enjoy an exposé about heavy stuff that will make you feel a lot lighter about elementary particle physics.


  • The Origin of Mass – Explaining the physics behind the 2013 Nobel Prize
  • QA – Monday 18 November
  • 16:30 – 18:30 Exposés by Alexander Sevrin and Walter Van Doninck, VUB professors in Theoretical and Experimental Particle Physics
  • 18:30-19:30: reception


Entrance is free, but registration is required to allow for a smooth reception. 

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