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The new Linac moves mountains

The civil engineering work has started for Linac 4, one of the major renovation projects for the CERN accelerator complex. The work will be completed at the end of 2010 and the new linear accelerator is scheduled to be commissioned in 2013. >>

The LHC inauguration in pictures

The LHC inauguration ceremony was a memorable experience for everyone who attended. On Tuesday 21 October the ceremony hall, SMA18, was filled with over 1500 invited guests, VIPs included Swiss President Pascal Couchepin, French Prime Minister François Fillon and several ministers from CERN’s Member States and around the world. You can watch a video of the highlights of the ceremony at >>

The LHC inauguration in pictures - LHCfest

After the VIPs had left, 3000 other ‘very important people’ turned up to celebrate at the LHCfest. The party for CERN personnel involved in the LHC was a huge success and very popular. >>

Blessed with song

The Morriston Orpheus Choir from Swansea sing in the CERN control center.The Morriston Orpheus Choir from Swansea were joined by the Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan at the LHC control room on Sunday 12 October. >>

The Director-General’s speech to the personnel

At the LHCFest the Director-General of CERN gave a speech to thank all the CERN personnel, users and contractors’ staff for their outstanding contributions to the LHC project. >>

Industry honoured

CERN has organised a day to thank industry for its exceptional contributions to the LHC project. >>

A road safety course with a difference!

Are you feeling brave? Then why not sign up for a road safety session. 10 to 14 November is road safety week at CERN and the Touring Club Suisse (TCS) will be in the Main Building, 500, with several hair-raising activities to try. >>

Taking the plunge

On 8 and 15 October, 58 people took the plunge and headed to the Varembé swimming pool in Geneva for their first taste of scuba diving at one of the CERN scuba club’s free trial dives. >>

Literature in focus: Paul Ginsparg

Paul Ginsparg, professor of physics, computing and information science at Cornell University, is best known as the creator of an online system for distributing scientific research results. >>

2008 events in the Globe

Globe of Science and Innovation 1st floor - Route de Meyrin, 1211 Geneva Interactive exhibitionSuperconductivity—magical attraction From Tuesday, 28 October, to Saturday, 13 December 2008 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2. >>

Official News

CORRIGENDUM of the Standing Concertation Committee communiqué (ordinary meeting on 3 September 2008)  
Publication Of Administrative Circulars: No. 4 (Rev. 4) – Unemployment Insurance Scheme No. 30 (Rev. 2) – Financial Benefits on Taking Up Appointment and on Termination of Contract  
REMINDER - Extension/suppression of allowance for dependent children aged 20 to 25  

Training and Development

CERN Technical Training: available Places in forthcoming Courses   
CERN Technical Training: available Places in forthcoming Courses   
CERN Technical Training : Vista !  

General Information

Registration Service  
Access problem to UNIQA’s extranet portal  
ERGONOMICS safety course  
Note from the CERN Medical Service - FLU VACCINATIONs  
Osteoporosis screening campaign at the Hôpital Cantonal  
Lectures for CERN pensioners   
Traffic restrictions on Routes Bloch, Maxwell and Bohr  
Civil-engineering work for Linac 4 and related roadworks - information for drivers