ICHEP 2020 hosts virtual sessions for scientists and public

This year, the biggest conference for the field of high-energy physics will be held virtually and includes several sessions for the public

ICHEP 2020 illustration
(Image: CERN)


The 40th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) starts today. Originally planned to take place in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, the conference will take place online due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Between 28 July and 6 August, up to 3000 scientists will gather virtually to attend 1000 online talks (including 164 poster presentations) delivered from across the world. As in recent years, the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the data they have collected over the years will be the main attraction at the conference. The first plenary conference, on 3 August, will be devoted to the main results from the LHC experiments and from the ISS-based AMS detector. All the sessions will be re-broadcast on YouTube – links available on the conference website – and you can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ICHEP2020.

In addition to the plethora of talks aimed at the scientific community, a number of events have been organised for interested members of the public on 3, 5 and 6 August. The schedule is shown below (all times in CEST / UTC+02) and all the sessions will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Public sessions

Monday, 3 August

20:00 – Understanding our Universe with Gravitational Waves: public lecture by 2017 Nobel laureate Barry Barish | Also available in Czech

Wednesday, 5 August

14:00 – Live underground visit to the ATLAS experiment at CERN, Switzerland

15:00 – A Day with Particles… Cartoon/Live Film

16:00 – What a State We’re In! : Participatory Show

17:00 – The Internet of Wild Things: Acoustics & A.I.

18:00 – The Physics of Beer: Participatory Workshop

19:00 – 60 years in Space: The Past and Future

20:00 – Universal Science

Thursday, 6 August

20:30 – Colliderscope Music