FCC week

From Monday, 29 May to Friday, 02 June, more than 500 scientists, leaders of high-tech industry, universities and research centres gather in Berlin, to review the progress on Future Circular Collider (FCC) concepts for the post-LHC era.

The FCC study has been kicked off in 2014 as a response to a request of the European Strategy for Particle Physics. A 100 km-circumference collider would address many of the outstanding questions in modern particle physics and secure our exploration of the microscopic world for generations. The study embraces today 110 institutes from 32 countries and is hosted by CERN. The European Union supports this activity through the EuroCirCol Horizon 2020 infrastructure development project.

The worldwide FCC collaboration will deliver a Conceptual Design Report (CDR) by 2019, in time for the next strategy update. The CDR will document the accelerator, infrastructures and experiments, as well as a plethora of physics studies proving FCC’s ability to match the long-term needs of global high-energy-physics programmes.

The FCC Week features a public event in Urania Hall in Berlin and a public exhibition “Small Particles, Big Machines” that will travel you inside the largest scientific experiment event constructed and introduce you to the efforts for designing its successor. The exhibition includes the LHC interactive tunnel, DESY’s Weltmaschine exhibition and a dedicated exhibition space for our industrial partners.


Panel discussion on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 18:00, Urania Berlin

Representatives from funding agencies, research centres, industry and the media are discussing the topic "Can we do a little bigger? - Pros and Cons of large-scale research facilities - and what’s in it for me?. Admission is free.
Large-scale research facilities represent significant investments by society. They help us to push further back our knowledge of the universe, its tiniest components, and the laws that govern it. Do these findings justify the investment? What’s the real scale of these investments and what does society really get from it? The discussion will take place after an introductory lecture on "Small particles, large machines" by the ATLAS Spokesperson Prof Karl Jakobs.


Dr. Simone Raatz, Member of the Bundestag, deputy chairman of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment

Prof. Dr. Rolf Heuer, Chairman of the German Physical Society

Prof. Dr. Karl Jakobs, Spokesperson of the ATLAS experiment at CERN

Dr. Michael Peiniger, RI Research Instruments GmbH

Dr. Marlene Weiß, science editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung


You can download the press kit here.

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Event Date

29 May 2017, 08.30 - 2 Jun 2017, 13.00


Berlin, Germany

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