Nobel laureate heads to Vietnam beach town for science conference

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(L-R) Belgium phycisist François Englert with his Vietnamese colleague Prof Tran Thanh Van. Photo credit: VnExpress (L-R) Belgium phycisist François Englert with his Vietnamese colleague Prof Tran Thanh Van. Photo credit: VnExpress

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The south-central beach town of Quy Nhon welcomed Professor François Englert, a 2013 Nobel Laureate, to its annual international science conference this week.
The Belgium theoretical physicist stayed in Binh Dinh Province between August 10 and 17 during the Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam) conference, VnExpress reported.
Englert shared his Nobel prize last year with Britain’s Peter Higgs after discovering the elementary Higgs particle, without which all particles would travel at the speed of light and atoms would not exist.
The scientists used the Higgs boson particle to explain how elementary matter attained sufficient mass to form stars and planets.

Belgium physicist François Englert and his wife (L) arrive in Quy Nhon for an international science conference focused on particle physics between August 10-17. Photo credit: VnExpress
Prof Tran Thanh Van, a leading physicists at France’s National Center for Scientific Research founded Rencontres du Vietnam as an association of local and international scientists.
This year's gathering “Physics at LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and beyond,” was attended by 120 professors and scientists from 25 countries.
“Scientists will announce and share all their new findings in particle physics, discuss high energy phenomena in the universe and especially the importance of Higgs in human life,” VnExpress quoted him as saying.
Between August 2 and 9, a seminar on astrophysics was held as part of the conference which featured talks from 70 visiting scientists at Quy Nhon’s International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education.
Rencontres du Vietnam has been organizing international seminars here since 2000. 
It's annual Quy Nhon gathering began in 2011.

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