Rolf Landua has a PhD in physics from the University of Mainz in Germany. As CERN staff member, he has worked since 1980 on antimatter, initiating the antimatter factory and leading the ATHENA experiment that produced millions of antimatter atoms in 2002. The experiment inspired the Hollywood movie ‘Angels and Demons’ for which he was the scientific advisor.
As Head of the Education and Outreach group, he is now responsible for CERN’s teacher, visits and exhibition programmes. Each year his group organises guided tours for more than 110,000 people and welcomes about 1200 school teachers for specialised one-week courses.
Rolf Landua promotes the public understanding of modern physics, by writing books, giving talks, and participating in discussions on TV and radio world-wide. He has received the Outreach Prize of the European Physical Society. His passion is to inspire and motivate young people to become interested in science.