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Higgs particle not the only sweet success for science

University of Manchester scientists are well represented at this year’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition with stands about ‘sweet’ science and an elusive sub-atomic particle on display this week.

Manchester physicists will be on hand in London from today (Tuesday) to recount last year’s hunt for the Higgs boson, also known as the ‘God particle’, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border and the Fermilab Tevatron in Chicago. Manchester researchers are heavily involved in the experiments that led to the discovery of the particle scientists believe explains the standard model of physics and why objects have mass.

Meanwhile, Manchester chemists will display their latest research about sugars and how a relatively new discipline, ‘glycomics’ – the study of sugars – could provide answers to a range of previously unsolved problems, ranging from disease to clean energy.

“The search for the Higgs boson in science is on an epic scale – it is a quest that has spanned half a century and created the most ambitious experiments science has ever seen,” said Professor Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

“The CERN experiments have discovered a new particle that, from initial tests, has mass and other properties consistent with the elusive Higgs boson. Our exhibition at the Royal Society next week will attempt to explain to the public just how important these findings are and where we go from here.”

Professor Sabine Flitsch, another Manchester exhibitor at the Royal Society, said: “The aim of our exhibition is to explain to the public just how important and exciting research into sugars is – it really could unlock answers to many scientific questions that have remained a puzzle until now.”

The Manchester scientists will be presenting their research at the Royal Society in London from Tuesday, 2 July, until Sunday, 7 July.

Source Acknowledgement: University of Manchester StaffNet (published 2 July 2013)

Royal Society Royal 2014 Summer Science Exhibition – Call for proposals

Be inspirational: Exhibit at the 2014 Summer Science Exhibition, which will be held in London from 30 June – 6 July 2014.

The Exhibition offers an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge research to over 10,000 members of the public, school students, policy-makers and the wider scientific community, as well as to many tens of thousands more through the exhibition website.

How to exhibit: You can find a proposal form, as well as guidance on submitting a proposal here. Deadline for proposals is Monday 23 September 2013.

More information: To find out more and experience the Exhibition first-hand, visit the 2013 Summer Science Exhibtion taking place 2-7 July or explore the exhibition online.
Around 25 exhibit teams will be selected to share the excitement of their research with a wider audience.

The Royal Society provides support at each step of the way for exhibitors.