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The chain re-action

On 18 March, beam commissioning started in the first ‘link’ of the accelerator chain – LINAC 2. This marks the start of what will be the longest period of beam operations in CERN’s history, with the accelerator complex remaining operational throughout the winter to supply the LHC. The Bulletin finds out what is being done to make sure the whole chain is ready for this historic run. >>

Living in the spotlight

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It gave me my first opportunity since taking up my mandate to see first hand what CERN’s newfound public profile means in practice. >>

The Latest from the LHC

The campaign to install the new helium pressure release system is progressing well. The first sector to be fully completed is 5-6, with all 168 individual pressure release ports installed. >>

Philippe Bloch: Reducing distance between experiments and CERN

With its unique combination of several hundred staff members and thousands of users from around the world sharing offices and physics data and profiting from mutually beneficial exchanges of know-how and expertise, the PH Department is a good example of a successful worldwide collaboration, set up as it was to construct and run the Laboratory’s physics experiments. >>

Frédéric Hemmer: Serving a world-wide community

CERN’s IT Department provides a variety of services to the Organization, its users and hundreds of institutes around the world. It plays a vital role in the operation of the LHC and its experiments. This week we meet the new IT Department Head, who tells us about the challenges his teams will face over the coming years. >>

It’s all change for the "carte de légitimation"

From now on, the Swiss carte de légitimation will be issued to associates and users as well as staff members, and applications will be handled electronically, thus facilitating various procedures. >>

A Princess at CERN

On 16 March HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited CERN for the third time. After meeting the Director-General, she toured the CMS experimental area and LHC tunnel with Coordinator for external relations Felicitas Pauss and CMS Spokesperson Jim Virdee. >>

Italian Visit

The Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Mariastella Gelmini, came to CERN on 11 March. >>

CERN honours Carlo Rubbia

On 7 April CERN will be holding a symposium to mark the 75th birthday of Carlo Rubbia, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics with Simon van der Meer for contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons, carriers of the weak interaction. >>

More than a physics library

Particle physicists world wide and the CERN staff are well aware of the services offered by the CERN Library. >>

Literature in Focus: "Axions: Theory, Cosmology, and Experimental Searches"

Axions are peculiar hypothetical particles that could both solve the CP problem of quantum chromodynamics and at the same time account for the dark matter of the universe. >>

Official News

Pension Fund  
Replacement of Swiss "Attestations de fonctions"   
Foreign driving licences in Switzerland  
Official communication of the Safety Commission  

Training and Development

CERN Academic Training Programme 2008/2009   
Language Training: French courses  
CERN Technical Training: available Places in forthcoming Courses   
CERN Technical Training: new courses on computer security  
CERN Technical Training: LABVIEW courses include RADE  

General Information

Technical presentation  
Medical conference for the attention of CERN personnel  
Geneva University  



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