A major achievement has been announced by Cern scientists today, as it was revealed that the data from the LHC has confirmed the existence of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson, with approximately the 5-sigma certainty required to confirm this as a discovery. This is enough to tentatively confirm the existence of the Higgs.
The next task will be to investigate the properties of this particle further to confirm whether it matches the Higgs predicted by the standard model. Of course this is no small task. If it turns out to be the case that this Higgs does 'complete' the standard model, then the attention of particle physicists in the future will be turning to physics beyond the standard model.
Some predictions are already being invistigated at the LHC and other experiments. Will there be a goal to replace the discovery of the Higgs? What are the predictions from physics beyond the standard model that could be realistically tested in the near future? What will be the focus when planning for particle accelerators or other major experiments of the future?