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When the proton becomes larger

The TOTEM experiment at the LHC has just confirmed that, at high energy, protons behave as if they were becoming larger. In more technical terms, their total cross-section – a parameter linked to the proton-proton interaction probability – increases with energy. This phenomenon, expected from previous measurements performed at much lower energy, has now been confirmed for the first time at the LHC’s unprecedented energy. >>

Keeping particle physics lively, stimulating, and maybe more…

A recurring theme at last week's Council meetings was the request I received to pass on Council’s heartfelt thanks to all the CERN community for the successful period we are currently enjoying, and it is my pleasure to do so. Council's request also serves as a timely reminder that CERN is more than the LHC, and the LHC is more than the machine and its four big experiments. >>

LHC Report: Freshly squeezed beams!

After careful validation of  new machine settings, the LHC was ready for higher luminosity operation. New luminosity records have been set, but the operations team continues to wrestle with machine availability issues. >>

Hadron therapy takes off in Europe

A joint meeting of ULICE, ENLIGHT and PARTNER recently took place in Marburg (Germany). The three initiatives are shaping both the present and the future of hadron therapy in Europe, where new cutting-edge facilities have started to fight cancer with beams of protons and carbon ions. >>

Breaking the ground for HIE-ISOLDE

Have you noticed that Building 135 has disappeared from the Meyrin site? The old hangar used by the transport service – now located on the Prévessin site – has been removed to make room for the civil engineering work for the High Intensity and Energy ISOLDE (HIE-ISOLDE) installations. The work began at the end of August and it will not be long before new buildings start to appear in the ISOLDE premises. >>

From the Tevatron to Project X

In the October issue of the CERN Courier, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will present the past, present and future of the US laboratory after the Tevatron. The Bulletin presents some early extracts from his article… >>

John Ellis considers cosmology, colloquiums and new collaborations

On 13 September, physicists from around the world joined John Ellis in a colloquium to celebrate his 65th birthday. In our last issue, we talked to John about the Higgs, the lack of the Higgs and extra dimensions. In this second part of the interview, John speaks about the colloquium and the wide range of topics it covered, all inspired by his career. >>

The wish of a lifetime

When 16-year-old Marcus was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2010, he asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation for one rather unusual thing: to see the LHC. On 23 August, CERN got together with the Foundation to make that wish come true. >>

Kofi Annan visits CERN

On Tuesday 13 September, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan paid a visit to CERN. >>

World Engineer’s Convention 2011: Engineers Power the World

Can the increasing global energy consumption be met without intensifying global warming? Do the necessary technical solutions exist, and is the switch to a low-carbon energy supply feasible and financially viable? These crucial questions and many others were dealt with at the 2011World Engineer’s Convention (WEC). CERN was invited to participate in the event, highlighting its significant contribution to global engineering with an exhibition space devoted to the LHC on the convention floor and a keynote speech delivered by CERN’s Director-General. >>

CERNois wins prestigious accelerator award

During the 2nd International Particle Accelerator Conference, CERN’s Rogelio Tomás García became the first Spaniard to receive the Frank Sacherer Prize for his work in particle beam optics. >>

Interview with Brazilian astrophysicist Luciana da Cunha Ferreira

In September 2011, CERN hosted Brazilian astrophysicist, Luciana da Cunha Ferreira, in a weeklong teacher-training programme. Luciana was the first indigenous person from the Amazon region to visit CERN, and plans to share her new-found knowledge of the LHC with other indigenous people on her return to Brazil. >>

Storks deliver new physics?

On Thursday 15 September, a dozen storks spent the night on the roof of CERN's Building 60... >>

CAS Accelerator Physics (High-Power Hadron Machines) in Spain

The CERN Accelerator School (CAS) and ESS-Bilbao jointly organised a specialised course on High-Power Hadron Machines, held at the Hotel Barceló Nervión in Bilbao, Spain, from 24 May to 2 June, 2011. >>

e-EPS News: Highlights from the European Physical Society

EPL publishes its first paper from the LHC >>

Send your data into the cloud and make it… vaporize

“Cloud computing” --- the term is as nebulous as real clouds. >>

News from the Library: Even more prestigious scientific journals on the Library virtual shelves

The CERN Library has just acquired the online archives of the Physics journals published by Taylor & Francis. >>

Official News

End-of-year closure 2011/2012  
Forthcoming indefinite contract review procedure  

Training and Development

General and Professional French Courses  
Safety Training: scheduled sessions in September and October 2011  
Academic Training Lecture - Regular lecture programme  


Vaccination against seasonal influenza: a reminder  
Assignment of personnel to work in Switzerland by companies from the European Union / EFTA(1)  
Information from the Radioactive Waste Section  
Preparation for Retirement Seminar  
The Telecom Lab is moving to the Building 2, in front of the Main Building  
Italy at CERN – Industrial exibition  
Staff Association Information Meetings  
Self-Service Password Reset  
A new video programme  
CDS User survey  


Globe Lecture: "De découverte en découverte et de fil en aiguille : 100 ans d’étude du noyau atomique"  
Exhibition: Women and Sciences by Fiami  
All roads lead to Meyrin  

Staff Association

Public meetings: important changes to prepare the future  
2011 Elections to Staff Council  
Horn of Africa food crisis  
CERN Women's Club  
Scuba Club  
Cricket Club  
Pétanque Club  
Orienteering Club  
Special Offers