Egypt and the LHC

The Centre for Theoretical Physics (CTP) at the British University in Egypt held its first symposium on Supersymmetry at LHC: Theoretical and Experimental Perspectives in Cairo on 11–14 March. It attracted around 100 participants from more than 30 countries, including 40 attendees from Egypt.

The 60 talks covered the main lines of developments in what is a very active field, and key issues were discussed. The meeting also provided an ideal opportunity for discussion among experts and scientists from Egypt and the local region, with the possibility for future collaborative research.

The symposium addressed several main topics. Phenomenological Aspects of Particle Physics included supersymmetry, CP violation in K and B systems within the Standard Models or beyond, fermion masses and neutrino oscillations, and the phenomenological implications of extra dimensions. The session on Formal Aspects of Particle Physics focused on progress in string theory, flux compactification, extra dimensions and models with warped geometry.

Cosmological Aspects and Particle Physics included topics such as dark matter and dark energy in supersymmetric models, and hybrid inflation and baryon asymmetry in the universe. Experimental Aspects of Particle Physics covered the potential discovery of the Standard Model Higgs particle and supersymmetric particles at the LHC.

Proceedings will be published as a special issue of Journal of Modern Physics.