Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Jorgen D’Hondt is since 2006 professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). In 2014 he became full professor. Since 2011 he is also director of the Interuniversity Institute for High Energies (IIHE) in Brussels with about 100 members. Initially he performed research at the LEP collider at CERN related to the properties of the W boson. Since then about 20 PhD students graduated with him as supervisor with research topics at the LHC collider at CERN. In the CMS experiment at the LHC he initiated the research related to the top quark, the heaviest elementary particle we know today. Shortly after the discovery of the Higgs particle by the CMS experiment in 2012, he was elected for the prestigious position of President of the CMS Collaboration Board (2014-2017) where all major decisions of this 4000 persons collaboration are taken and therefore he was a key person in the organisation of the experiment. In Belgium he runs a major Big Science project for the participation in the CMS experiment and he is the principle investigator of the ambitious CMS Tracker Upgrade project. He was elected to become the first President of the Young Academy in Belgium (2013-2015). At the university he was for several years the President of the Physics Department and he is coordinator of a center of excellence for high-energy physics including today 23 professors. He received personal awards amongst others from the World Economic Forum, the Royal Academy and the University Council. For the period 2018-2020 he is elected as chairperson of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) and in this role he represents the European community of particle physicists. In this role he is also a leading person to organise the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics