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The refurbishment of the accelerator complex is under way in CERN’s workshops. The total replacement of the acceleration system of the PS Booster - the second link in the accelerator chain is one of the major projects within the LHC Injector Upgrade (LIU) programme of work to ready the LHC ...


The new MERIT scheme was introduced in 2016, following the recommendation of the five-yearly review. It has been developed as a lighter performance appraisal process, with four performance qualifications: insufficient, fair, strong and outstanding. The suggested CERN-wide distribution of these qualifications is 6-12% fair, 57-63% strong and 27-33% outstanding and ...


Giovanni Passaleva of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Florence, Italy, is the new spokesperson of the LHCb experiment, taking over from Guy Wilkinson. During his three-year mandate, which started on 1 July 2017, he will lead a collaboration of about 1200 people from 72 physics institutes across ...


At the beginning of the twentieth century in Thoiry, a small village close to CERN, there was a very talented chef, Hermann Leger. People came from all over Europe to taste his dishes and enjoy his warm welcome, and well-known scientists were no exception.

On 25 July 1930, the International ...


Did you know that about 83% of all messages destined for CERN are flagged as spam and rejected? The IT department’s e-mail service works hard to overcome the permanent wave of spam messages trying to pour into CERN… just recently, we deployed a dedicated appliance that automatically analyses our ...


The roundtable discussion during the event called {\guillemotleft~}10 Years of ERC : Aiming for the Stars{~\guillemotright} organized as part of the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the European Research Council*. (Image : Julien Ordan/CERN)

On 6 July, the Globe of Science and Innovation hosted an event as part ...


Once again, the Swiss Bike2Work competition brought together a large number of CERN cyclists – no fewer than 214 teams (831 participants), 72 teams more than in 2016! – putting CERN in fourth place in the 2017 competition in terms of the number of teams, behind the MIGROS group (376 teams), the ...


A bucolic atmosphere reigns as 70 sheep and two rams hungrily graze on the land between CERN’s buildings. A few days ago, the flock, which belongs to CERN’s resident shepherd, Enrico D’Ippolito, could be found in front of the Globe of Science and Innovation (photo). Since the ...


As part of the 2016 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), held in Brussels, Belgium, EIROforum awarded 18-year-old Vladislav Gadalov a visit to CERN for his work in the field of computing.

After succeeding at the national level in Belarus, Vladislav presented his project at the final round of ...

Opinions

My congratulations go to the organisers of EPS-HEP 2017, which took place in Venice last week. It was an excellent conference, covering a great range of topics with a programme that led to one clear conclusion: the various disciplines that make up fundamental physics are coming closer and closer together ...

Ombud's corner

‘A team of scientists heated a pan of water to a high temperature. Then they tried to put a live frog into it. The frog jumped out immediately. A second frog was put in a pan of cold water that was gradually heated to boiling. That frog never tried to ...

A word from Eckhard Elsen

EPS-HEP 2017 – a landmark conference

My congratulations go to the organisers of EPS-HEP 2017, which took place in Venice last week. It was an excellent conference, covering a great range of topics with a programme that led to one clear conclusion: the various disciplines that make up fundamental physics are coming closer and closer together ...


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