Valerie Gibson

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Valerie Gibson
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Alma materUniversity of Oxford University of Sheffield
OccupationProfessor of High Energy Physics
EmployerUniversity of Cambridge

Valerie (Val) Gibson is a Professor of Physics and Head of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Cambridge.


Gibson completed a Bachelors in Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1983.[1] She achieved a DPhil in Experimental Particle Physics in 1986 from The Queen's College, Oxford.


In 1987 she became a fellow in the Experimental Physics Division at CERN. She joined the Cavendish Laboratory in 1989 on a five-year SERC Advanced Fellowship.[2] In 1989 she also received a Stokes Senior Research Fellowship at Pembroke College.[2] She was appointed as University Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College in 1994. She was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Fellowship in 2007.[3] Gibson was appointed Professor in 2009.[4]

She began work on the Muon Scattering Experiment at Paul Scherrer Institute. She has worked on the LHCb experiment since the first beam of particles were injected into the Large Hadron Collider in 2008.[5] Gibson has overall responsibility for data acquisition from the ring imaging Cherenkov detectors.[6] Gibson was the UK spokesperson for the LHCb experiment between 2004 and 2008.[7][2] Today she is chair of the CERN Collaboration Board and lead of the University of Cambridge's LHCb team.[8][9] Gibson was part of the discovery of CP violation in the Kaon system.[10]

Public engagement[edit]

Gibson is a keen science communicator, interested in taking science to a wider range of audiences. She regularly discusses particle physics discoveries in the media.[11] She developed the card game Hunt the Higgs and has acted as an adviser for exhibitions at the Science Museum.[12][13] She is a patron of the Gravity Fields Festival.[14] Alongside her research group, Gibson exhibited at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.[15]

Gibson has spent her career championing women in science.[10] She believes it is her duty "to encourage younger women in their careers and say ‘it is possible’".[16] She has been part of the University of Cambridge's Athena SWAN and Project Juno committees.[17] In 2014, the University of Cambridge were awarded the first gold Athena SWAN award.[18][19] She won the WISE Campaign Leader Award in 2013.[20] She is chair of the Institute of Physics Juno panel.[21] In 2016 she launched a three-day residential program for young women interested in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.[22] In 2016 she won a Royal Society Athena Prize for increasing gender diversity in mathematics, having been nominated by the Institute of Physics.[23][24][25][26] She was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics.[27]


  1. ^ "Speakers". An Evening of Empowering Women. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet the ambassadors: Professor Valerie Gibson | What I see". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  3. ^ "Valerie Gibson". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. ^ "Professor Valerie Gibson — Department of Physics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  5. ^ "080910 LHC lights up future of particle physics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  6. ^ "rae 2008 : submissions : ra5a". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  7. ^ "Valerie Gibson". Science Museum Collection. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  8. ^ "Val Gibson - HEP Group, Cavendish Laboratory". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  9. ^ "Organization". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  10. ^ a b "Professor Valerie Gibson, , from Atlantic Speaker Bureau". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  11. ^ "HIGGS BOSON: 'Truly a momentous occasion' says Grantham professor". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  12. ^ "'Hunt the Higgs' card game". Science Museum Collection. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  13. ^ "Part II Nuclear Physics Home Page". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  14. ^ "Schools' invitation to join in Gravity Fields Festival". Grantham Matters. 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  15. ^ "Antimatter matters at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition". Cambridge Network. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  16. ^ admin (2014-03-28). "Women in STEM - the shocking stats". Virgin. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  17. ^ "Women in Science". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  18. ^ "Cavendish awarded Athena Swan Gold award — Department of Physics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  19. ^ Peterman, Erin. "Celebrating 40 Years of Women at Trinity - Cambridge in America". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  20. ^ WISE. "Inspiration | Valerie Gibson". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  21. ^ "Friday Physics Colloquia Series Presents: Professor Val Gibson, Cambridge, 'The Beauty of Flavour - Latest results from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider' | University of Oxford Department of Physics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  22. ^ "Trinity College to establish annual women's STEMM event". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  23. ^ Physics, Institute of. "Two IOP members receive runners-up awards in first Royal Society Athena Prize". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  24. ^ "Royal Society Athena Prize for increasing gender diversity in mathematics - Runner up Professor Valerie Gibson — Office of Postdoctoral Affairs". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  25. ^ "London Mathematical Society committee awarded Royal Society Athena Prize for increasing gender diversity in mathematics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  26. ^ 214b3378fafd402aa5c9ab982830cc07. "Prof Val Gibson to receive a Royal Society Athena Accolade — Department of Physics". Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  27. ^ "CUWiP 2018 Oxford, UK - speakers". Retrieved 2018-03-18.