Prof. dr. Freya Blekman

Arago Symposium Speaker

After having obtained her MSc in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam in the year 2000, Freya Blekman went to the United States as PhD student at Nikhef to study the recently discovered top quark at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. After her time at CERN as postdoctoral researcher for Imperial College London and Cornell University, she was recruted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as part of the Odysseus program of the National Fund of Scientific Research, which has the main objective to attract foreign talent to Flanders.

Blekman is an expert in interpreting particle physics collissions and building enormous experiments with the associated accelerators. She occupied several leader’s positions at big international reasearch groups connected to CERN with hundreds of researchers. At the moment, Prof. Blekman coordinates the Super symmetry publication committee of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN and is a member of the team that determines the physics program for that same experiment, the so called Physics Coordination Office. Furthermore, she coordinates the top physics program for studies about future circular electron-positron accelerators (also known as the Future Circular Collider FCC-ee). Apart from several scientific awards, she received a yearly scientific communication award in 2016 from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts for communicating the field of particle physics in a very understandable way.

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