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Rendez-vous with "InGRID"

Pending the elaboration of the master plan which should be implemented in 2013 and the results of a competition for the design of the major public areas between Entrance A and the St. Genis customs (along the Route de Meyrin), CERN and the Canton of Geneva have worked together on the installation of a temporary garden financed by the Canton. The garden will bring a bit of style to the area between Building 33 and the Globe of Science and Innovation. >>

Knowledge dissemination: a core mission

It’s been a year since the CERN Council approved our policy on intellectual property management, so I’d like to take a look at what we’ve achieved since then. In short, a great deal. We’ve moved away from a fairly unregulated approach towards a well balanced and clearly defined system built around sound intellectual property management designed to deliver maximum dissemination and benefit for society from CERN innovation. It’s a move that I celebrate and fully support. >>

LHC Report: A spring clean for the beam pipe

After a successful calibration run at 1.38TeV, the LHC went into a four-day technical stop on Monday 28 March. Work conducted during the technical stop included wrapping solenoids around vacuum pipes to help counteract electron-cloud effects. X-rays of the cryogenic piping line in Sector 4-5 were also taken, and a cryogeniccompressor was replaced at Point 4. >>

ALICE’s wonderland reveals the heaviest antimatter ever observed

Producing and observing antiparticles is part of everyday life for many physics laboratories around the world, including CERN. However, recreating and observing the anti-nuclei of complex atoms is a much more difficult task. Analysing data collected in a run of just one month, ALICE has recently found evidence of the formation of four anti-nuclei of Helium 4, the heaviest antimatter ever created in a laboratory. >>

New EU project supports LHC theorists

LHCPhenonet, a new EU-funded research network aimed at improving the theoretical predictions that guide the LHC experiments, has begun its 4-year run as a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. CERN joins the network as an associate partner, along with almost 30 multinational institutions and computing companies. >>

CERN students display their work

The first poster session by students working on the LHC experiments, organised by the LPCC, was a great success. Showcasing the talents of over a hundred young physicists from all over the world, it was an opportunity for everyone at CERN to check out the wide range of research work being done by the new generation of physicists at CERN. >>

Centenary of the discovery of superconductivity

To mark the centenary of the discovery of the phenomenon of superconductivity, MANEP and the University of Geneva are organising open days at the PhysiScope between 8 and 15 April 2011. On 13 April CERN will make a contribution to the series of events with a lecture on superconductivity followed by a demonstration of the phenomenon at the Globe >>

ISOTDAQ - where students learn about trigger and data acquisition

Where can students learn to implement a good trigger and to design the data acquisition system for today’s increasingly complex experiments? Universities rarely include classes on such specific topics. The ISOTDAQ School trains students and helps them gain hands-on experience of trigger systems, data-acquisition hardware and software, and data-transfer technologies. >>

Full metal jacket!

Ten years ago, standard issue clothing only gave CERN firemen partial protection but today our fire-fighters are equipped with state-of-the-art, full personal protective equipment. >>

A gift for the Happy Children's Home orphanage

Profits from the ATLAS Resonance CD have been donated to the Happy Children’s Home in Pokhara, Nepal. The orphanage was founded by Mette Stüwe, a former CERN staff member, and has received more than 14,000 CHF. >>

Ombuds’ corner: Disputes may be beneficial

In this series, the Bulletin aims to explain the role of the Ombuds at CERN by presenting practical examples of misunderstandings that could have been resolved by the Ombuds if he had been contacted earlier. Please note that, in all the situations we present, the names are fictitious and used only to improve clarity. >>

News from the Library: Browse Library books directly from your desktop

The collection of electronic books held by the Library is steadily expanding, but there are still many titles not available online. However, to some extent Google is bridging the gap. >>

Lionel METRAL (1966-2011)

It was with deep sadness that we learnt on 25 March of the sudden death of Lionel Metral. Lionel was highly appreciated by his colleagues in his professional activities and by all those who met him in his numerous social activities at CERN, in particular the dance club. >>

Official News

Tax declaration: for the attention of members of the personnel and pensioners living in France  
New set of Chemical Safety rules  
Introduction of a medical questionnaire concerning long-term sick leave  
Procedure for the classification of professional accidents of members of the personnel – REMINDER  

Training and Development

CERN Technical training: Available places in forthcoming courses  
Cours sécurité  
Academic training: Fusion ITER at CERN in 2011  
Safety Training: scheduled sessions in April  


Dutch School in Geneva  
Take care of your mouse!  
TV Programme Presentations: Kreuz und Quer  
Introduction to instruments for children  
CERN School of Computing 2011 - Registration is open  
Physics Colloquium: The optical route to quantum information processing  

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