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August 31, 2018 | Publications, Articles | By MG

LHC upgrade brings benefits beyond physics

A recent analysis of the cost and benefits of the high-luminosity LHC reveals a quantifiable return to society in terms of scientific, economic and cultural value.

Article on Cern Courier by Andrea Bastianin, Massimo Florio and Francesco Giffoni, 31 August 2018.

“CERN is a unique international research infrastructure whose societal impacts go well beyond advancing knowledge in high-energy physics. These do not just include technological spillovers and benefits to industry, or unique inventions such as the World Wide Web, but also the training of skilled individuals and wider cultural effects. The scale of modern particle-physics research is such that single projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, offer an opportunity to weigh up the returns on public investment in fundamental science.”

 
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