Dr Fabiola Gianotti received a PhD in physics from the University of Milano. Since 1994 she is a researcher at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, and since 2016 Director-General of CERN.
From 2009 to 2013 she was project leader of the ATLAS experiment and in 2012 she announced, together with the CMS experiment project leader, the discovery of the Higgs boson.
Fabiola Gianotti is associate member of several academies of science worldwide.
She has received twelve honorary doctoral degrees from Universities across the world and several awards, including the Special Breakthrough prize in Fundamental Physics and the Enrico Fermi prize of the Italian Physical Society.