Geneva, 30 March 2010, Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST, marking the start of the LHC research programme.  Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator.

"It's a great day to be a particle physicist" said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer.  "A lot of people have waited a long time for this moment, but their patience and dedication is starting to pay dividends."

"The LHC has a real chance over the next 2 years of discovering supersymmetric particles," explained Heuer, "and possibly giving insights into the composition of about a quarter of the universe."