Preparation for Retirement Seminar

The Human Resources Department is organizing a Preparation for Retirement Seminar, which will take place on 18 and 21 October 2011 in the afternoon in the Main Auditorium and on 19 October and 15 and 16 November 2011 in the afternoon in the Council Chamber. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful.

Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle.

We would like to draw your attention to the following information:

Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome.

Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to availability of places.

Registration: In view of the number of people concerned, you are requested to register in advance via Indico at the following address:

You may register for all the sessions or only for the subjects of interest to you.

One afternoon will be devoted to retirement in each of the Host States, Switzerland and France respectively. These two sessions are particularly designed for those:

  • who intend to take up residence in one of these countries on retirement,
  • who have worked and acquired pension rights in one of these countries.

Presentations: The speakers will be experts either within or outside the Organization. Each speaker will make a presentation, underlining the key points for prospective pensioners to note and/or take into account. They will then take questions. Most of the presentations will be given in French. However, you are welcome to put your questions in English. Members of the CERN-ESO Pensioners’ Association (GACEPA) will attend each session and may possibly supplement each presentation with comments based on their own experience. The details of the (provisional) programme can be found at:

Questions: You may submit your questions in advance when you register via Indico. They will be transmitted to the speaker concerned to allow him to reply. Naturally, it will not be possible to discuss details of individual cases, for which the various internal and external services are available to you.

Documentation: The overhead presentations, the complete video recording and a summary of the question-and-answer sessions will be available on Indico on the same site as the programme.

Please also note that the brochure "When you leave CERN" is available on the Human Resources Department website at the following address:

If you envisage retiring in the coming two or three years, I strongly encourage you to register for this seminar.

Best regards,

Anne-Sylvie Catherin
Head of Human Resources Department


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