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Our principal scientific objectives can be summarised as follows:

  • Our initial goal is to quantify how closely the state coincides with, or to what extent it deviates from the Standard Model. It is crucial to measure all of its properties and couplings in order to determine which Higgs boson it actually is! Our training therefore will focus on the interplay of the most precise LHC data with the most accurate predictions from theory.
  • What if the newly found particle is indeed the Higgs boson of the Standard Model? In this case, our goal is to provide the most stringent strategies, the most precise calculations and the best tools for subjecting our picture of electroweak symmetry breaking to the test of confrontation with all available data.
  • What if the newly found resonance is not consistent with the Higgs boson of the Standard Model? In this case, our objective is to provide training in the formulation of alternative models and, even more important, in trying to assess them quantitatively by comparison with data.
  • Training will be devoted to evaluating the implications of recent results from the LHC, and elsewhere, for TeV-scale physics, and to discuss the impact of these results on the future strategy for particle physics.