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Science and peace: taste the magic in the blend

1954: CERN was born. The Laboratory was the first scientific pan-European endeavour. Just a few years after the Second World War, twelve European countries joined forces and built what has become the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. In 2014, CERN will celebrate 60 years of cutting-edge science for peace. >>

Towards the next chapter

In the late 1970s, while the CERN community was busy preparing the SPS to operate as a collider and planning for LEP, people also had their eyes on the next chapter in the unfolding story of CERN. >>

LS1 Report: achieving the unachievable

The dismantling and extraction of a defective DFBA module from LHC Point 6, announced a few weeks ago, has been completed without a hitch. The DFBAs in the LHC are unique and irreplaceable components that must be handled with care. >>

First H- beam accelerated at Linac4: 3MeV done, 157 MeV to go!

On 14 November, the first H- (one proton surrounded by two electrons) beam was accelerated to the energy of 3 MeV in the Linac4 - the new linear accelerator that will replace Linac2 as low-energy injector in the LHC accelerator chain.  >>

A thermosiphon for ATLAS

A new thermosiphon cooling system, designed for the ATLAS silicon detectors by CERN’s EN-CV team in collaboration with the experiment, will replace the current system in the next LHC run in 2015. Using the basic properties of density difference and making gravity do the hard work, the thermosiphon promises to be a very reliable solution that will ensure the long-term stability of the whole system. >>

TLEP design study forges ahead

As the Future Circular Collider (FCC) study is launched, one of its component parts, TLEP, enjoys a successful workshop at CERN. The FCC study looks at all options for a future circular collider with the emphasis on a hadron machine with TLEP as a possible intermediate step. >>

LHC data to be made public via Open Access initiative

CMS has collected around 64 petabytes of analysable proton-proton data so far. Along with published papers, these data constitute the scientific legacy of the CMS collaboration, and preserving the data for future generations is crucial. >>

Teens join the MoEDAL collaboration

The principal investigator for any institute joining an experimental collaboration is generally a self-assured researcher with evident leadership skills and an in-depth knowledge of their subject gained over many years. Katherine Evans fits the brief in every respect, except that she is 17 years old and her research institute is the Langton Star Centre, based at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys. The school has just joined the MoEDAL experiment. >>

CERN Apps meet in a forum

In the fast-evolving world of mobile apps, creativity and usability are key words. For the time being, the number of CERN apps is quite limited but the situation could quickly change. An information-sharing forum set up by the IT Department is a starting point to channel your creativity with the help of experts, best practices and useful guidelines. >>

The HERMES Network: a messenger of international cooperation

In June 2012, the CERN-HERMES Network was set up with the aim of enhancing collaboration between CERN and Greek research institutes and universities. Today, the network offers eight doctoral scholarships for Greek students in various biomedical-related fields. The students will be involved in research projects conducted in collaboration with CERN. >>

A Saturday of science for girls

On Saturday 16 November, the University of Geneva's Faculty of Science welcomed 388 girls aged between 11 and 14 to take part in “Élargis tes horizons” (“Expand your horizons”). This initiative aims to encourage more girls to pursue a career in science. >>

TEDx Organisers meet at CERN

CERN hosted the second TEDx European Organisers meeting last week with around 80 organisers attending from all over Europe. They were given an introduction to CERN and a tour of the LHC experiments. >>

Backed up and gone...

Remember how easy it is to lose your passwords for web applications (“Don’t let Chrome expose your passwords”)? This time we go bigger and discuss how easy it is to lose the passwords for every wireless access point you’ve visited. You just need to be running Android on your smartphone… >>

Ombuds’ corner: Ethics and compassion

We can all agree that efficiency leads excellent results; this is a cornerstone in research and organisational matters. However, people may not unanimously point to which method of management and leadership is best for achieving such a goal. >>

News from the Library: "Nature" is accessible to the CERN community from 1869!

The Library's paper collection of Nature predates the creation of CERN, starting in 1951. Its online collection of the journal dates back to 1869. >>

Official News


Training and Development

New session of “CERN Document Server (CDS), Inspire and Library Services”  
Safety Training: places available in November - December 2013  
New Radiation Protection training room  


The tree-felling campaign has to continue  
Pre-paid envelopes commemorating the 2013 Open Days  
Snow, ice… and other reasons to be cheerful!  
Safety Bulletin 2013-3  
Lights on for daytime driving: mandatory from 1 January 2014  
CERN Shop Christmas Sale  
NEW! Better security due to multi-factor authentication  


Jean-Pierre Burquier presents his art exhibition “Out of their minds”  
European School of Instrumentation in Particle and Astroparticle Physics  
Joint Universities Accelerator School  
HEPTech Academia – Industry Matching Event on Control Systems for Accelerators and Detectors  
John Adams Lecture | 120 Years of Accelerators that Heal | 3 December  

Staff Association

Diversity and representativeness: two key factors  
New Staff Council  
Our October 2013 public meetings (first part)  
Dancing club