“My dear audience,” the first words spoken by Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in his lecture in the full-to-bursting Blue Lecture Hall, provoked a positive reaction. Opening the seminar on particle physics for secondary schools, Heuer emphasised that, even though a small country, the Czech Republic is a very important partner in the CERN project.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer visited Charles University on the occasion of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the nuclear research centre. The Rector of Charles University awarded Heuer a golden commemorative medal in recognition of his major personal contribution to particle physics and, in particular, his leading of the international particle physics community at CERN in making new discoveries for humanity.
Heuer opened the day-long conference for secondary-school students, giving a public lecture entitled ‘CERN – 60 Years of Science for Peace’