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A new facility to serve the neutrino community

Following the recommendations of the European Strategy document, CERN is setting up a programme to fulfill the needs of neutrino detector R&D.; In the framework of this programme, a new neutrino platform will be brought to light in the North Area in 2016 and the ICARUS neutrino detector is heading to CERN this week to be refurbished and upgraded. >>

60 more years of Science for Peace: carrying the message forward

At the end of 2013, we were just about to embark on a year of celebrations marking 60 years of science for peace at CERN. Our message was that science is an inescapable driver of peaceful relations among cultures and nations, a force for sustainability and a necessity in confronting the major challenges facing society today. Twelve months on, we can safely say that we’ve been successful in delivering that message.  >>

LS1 Report: LHCb's early Christmas

Accelerator chain up and running... CCC Operators back at their desks... all telltale signs of the start of Run 2! For the experiments, that means there are just a few short weeks left for them to prepare for beams. Over at LHCb, teams have kept ahead of the curve by focusing on new installations and improvements. >>

HL-LHC updates in Japan

At a recent meeting in Japan, updates on the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) project were presented, including the progress made so far and the deadlines still to be met for the upgraded machine to be operational from 2020. >>

I'm dreaming of a white clean room...

New HIE-ISOLDE cryomodules are now under construction in a state-of-the-art clean room facility in SM18. >>

Fabiola Gianotti signs her contract as CERN's new Director- General

Today, 12 December 2014, Fabiola Gianotti signed her five-year contract as the new CERN Director-General. Her mandate will begin on 1 January 2016. >>

A simple wish: to touch a plasma ball

On Wednesday 3 December, Plinio and Sofia, two young kids from Ticino, visited CERN accompanied by their parents. Organized by Make-A-Wish Switzerland – a foundation that grants wishes to children living with life-threatening conditions – the visit was the opportunity for Plinio to see his dream of touching a plasma ball come true. >>

25 years of service at CERN

The 28 staff members having achieved 25 years of service at CERN in 2014 were invited by the Director-General to a reception in their honour on 25 November 2014. >>

New arrivals

On Tuesday 2 December 2014, recently-recruited staff members and fellows participated in a session in the framework of the Induction Programme. >>

Mystery photos: Christmas edition

Paraphrasing George R.R. Martin's novel Game of Thrones’ most famous quote: “Christmas is coming”. According to tradition, we’ve themed our last issue of the year to share the spirit of the festivities with our readers. We’ve collected some pictures of snowy scenes and Christmas parties at CERN from our archives. >>

Behind the scenes of GS: Service orientation CERN-wide

A far-reaching project to improve the management of services was initiated in 2010, through the implementation of standard methods and tools to improve the efficiency of CERN services continuously. >>

Ombud’s corner: Make yourself a gift: enjoy your holiday!

The winter break is a vital opportunity to leave behind the end-of-year workload stress, compounded by the rush to complete tasks in preparation of the year ahead, and focus on some genuine rest and recuperation. The challenges of 2015 can only be met if our batteries are correctly recharged: so full steam ahead for a holiday period devoted to a well earned rest and a crucial change of air and ideas! >>

Computer Security: Working privately in public

Gosh, was he annoyed! I just came back from a long duty trip. Nine hours straight on the plane. As usual plenty of time to get some long awaited emails answered, time to write another document, and to prepare some presentations. The guy sitting next to me was probably thinking the same. So, from time to time I gazed over and looked at his screen following what he was working on. Curiosity is part of my job. Laptop screens are attractive. Discretion is part of my job, too. But given the confined space in the economy class of an Airbus, the screen was just shining at me and he was not able to move away or reposition his screen… He seemed to feel increasingly uncomfortable. Consequently, he gave up and read the newspaper instead. Obviously annoyed. He could have protected himself better... >>

News from the Library: Celebrating 20 years of "Library Science Talks"

The CERN Library (GS-SIS Group) is promoting activities and initiatives to foster better communication and closer cooperation amongst international librarians and information specialists in the Geneva - Lausanne area. >>

Edgar Asséo (1928-2014)

Après avoir étudié l'électronique à Grenoble, et débuté sa carrière d'ingénieur chez Brown-Boveri à Baden, Edgar est arrivé à Genève pour travailler à la SIP, la Société des Instruments de Physique. Il a rejoint le CERN en 1964, dans la division du Synchrotron à Protons, affecté au groupe « Contrôles ». >>

Luigi Mazzone (1926-2014)

Luigi Mazzone, one of the first engineers recruited by CERN, a very good friend and a dynamic and cheerful colleague, left us peacefully on 17 October. >>

Notizie Ufficiali

Administrative Circular No. 2 (Rev. 6) – Recruitment, appointment and possible developments regarding the contractual position of staff members (1 January 2015)  
Official holidays in 2015 and end-of-year closure 2015/2016  
Extension of the pre-retirement programmes  
End-of-year closure 2014/2015  
Pension payment dates in 2015  
New procedure for declaring accidents resulting in bodily injuries  
CHIS – Services available during CERN’s end-of-year closure  
CHIS – New insurance cards and phone numbers valid from 1 January 2015  

Formazione ed evoluzione

AXEL-2015 - Introduction To Particle Accelerators | starting 19 January  
Safety Training: places available in November and December 2014  


Service availability during the annual closure 2014/2015  
New timetable for the CERN Shuttle service 2015  
CERN School of Computing | Thematic CSC | 18-23 May, 2015  
Mail Delivery | 19 December  
Annual closure of the CERN restaurants  
Telephone switchboard closure | 19 December  
CERN Bulletin publication schedule for 2015  
CERN Accelerator School | 26 May – 5 June 2015  
Safety training news  

Staff Association

Best Wishes  
2015 Executive Committee: the strength of continuity  
Pension fund  
New offer for our members  
Théâtre de Carouge