Join Claire Malone, physicist at Cambridge and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, on her journey to find the missing dark matter and dark energy that make up 96% of the universe around us. She’ll tell us about the “Standard Model” that physicists use to predict strange new subatomic particles and decide where to look for them…and how it still can’t quite solve the mystery of where most of the universe has disappeared to.

Claire’s own experiences give her an extra tool for thinking about this problem – in learning to operate in a physics lab despite the drawbacks of cerebral palsy, she gained a whole new way to look at the universe and face down its most fundamental challenges.

Claire’s passion to understand the world around her led to studying for a PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge. Through her research, she analyses data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, investigating the behaviour of the basic building blocks of our universe. Throughout her career, Claire has developed techniques to help her navigate her physical working environment through the restrictions of her cerebral palsy. She believes this ability to adapt has given her insights that help her find new and creative solutions.

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Claire Malone


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