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CERN appoints first female Director-General 07.11.14

Science Business: Dr Fabiola Gianotti is the former Spokesperson and co-ordinator for the ATLAS experiment

As of 2016, CERN’s Director-General will be Dr Fabiola Gianotti, the former Spokesperson and co-ordinator for the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Dr Gianotti is a leading physicist who has made her mark in the world of science, leading the ATLAS collaboration through the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 and 20 years of experience at CERN.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said: “I congratulate Dr Fabiola Gianotti on this crucial appointment. Dr Gianotti’s excellent scientific credentials and experience in leading the ATLAS collaboration through the discovery of Higgs Boson in 2012 make her a strong choice for this position. I’d like to pay tribute to Dr Gianotti’s predecessor Professor Rolf Heuer who has been DG since 2009 and has led CERN as the interest in its work has grown.

I look forward to continuing the UK’s work and support for CERN under Dr Gianotti’s leadership, where UK scientists continue to play a key role in making exciting new discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider and other notable experiments.”

Read the full story from Science Business here