Visit of CERN particle physicist to Notre Dame

In November Physics students were given an exciting opportunity to meet Dr Mick Storr, a leading particle physicist and researcher based at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and home of the Large Hadron Collider LHC.]

Dr Storr is currently Head of the CERN Academic and Technical Training section and his current research is detecting antimatter in space. He has also worked on software development and was in the same office as Tim Berners-Lee when he was developing the World Wide Web!

Dr Storr grew up in Yorkshire and was educated at Pudsey Grangefield. He now devotes a lot of his time to Education outreach activities and as part of this visited the county in November to give a series of lectures about his ground-breaking work in order to inspire the next generation of particle physicists.

Dr Caroline Neuberg, a physicist at Fulneck School, invited Notre Dame Students to a particle physics workshop run by Dr Storr and such was their enthusiasm following their visit, Mr Windle, Head of Physics here in college, invited Dr Storr to visit us at Notre Dame.

He spoke to our physicists about his own work, the LHC and the role of CERN as an institution, particularly highlighting the collaborative and international aspects of the workforce. CERN is probably one of the few places where race, gender, nationality or academic standing are of no consequence; as a student on a placement you could easily find yourself sitting at a table in the canteen with a Nobel prize winner! Dr Storr’s talk was inspirational and he went to great lengths to make it clear that absolutely anybody could apply to work there and you don’t have to be a genius! As a result, at least one of our students intends to apply for a summer placement.

Mr Windle said afterwards “I am very grateful to Dr Neuberg for her invitation to our students to join hers at Fulneck and to Dr Storr for his subsequent visit here; both were very generous with their time and expertise and beneficial links have been established.”