Senior Scientist at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland)
Born in Santiago de Compostela in 1967, Mar Capeáns holds a PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and an MBA in Management of Technology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).
She joined CERN in 1992 for her master and doctoral thesis projects, becoming part of the Detector Development Group of Georges Charpak, Nobel Prize winner in Physics the same year. After six years working on R&D projects to find the appropriate detection technologies for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, she moved to the German laboratory Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in 1998. There she participated in the design, construction and commissioning of the tracking detector for the HERA-B experiment. In 2000 she returned to CERN and in 2001 she joined CERN as staff scientist in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, where she participated in the design and construction of the challenging central tracking detector.
As expert in the design and construction of particle detectors and the management of large technological projects, she moved on to lead the CERN Detectors Technology Group at CERN from 2012 to 2017. The group, comprising around 150 research and technical staff, is focussed on developing detector technologies and systems for ongoing and future particle physics experiments.
Since 2017 she has led the Project and Planning Group of the Technology Department at CERN and continues to work closely with the LHC experiments, coordinating the technical evaluation process of the upgrade projects for their detectors systems.
She has participated in the proposal and management of technological projects co-financed by the European Commission and coordinated by CERN. Among others, the SLHC-PP design study for upgrading the LHC accelerator and detectors, and the Marie Curie training networks TALENT and STREAM, both focused on the development of novel particle detector technologies.
Dr. Capeáns has published more than 450 scientific articles in the field of High Energy Physics and Instrumentation, is editor of the Journal of Instrumentation (JINST), and has served as advisor in Scientific Councils, for the evaluation of competitive funding of particle physics programs internationally, as well as for programs of the European Commission.