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A SHiP to explore new routes

SHiP (Search for Hidden Particles) is a proposed new facility for CERN's SPS accelerator. Its challenging goals include a direct search for hidden non-Standard-Model particles. Predicted by a large number of theoretical models, such particles could have slipped under the radar of the LHC experiments because of their specific features. In its first symposium held at CERN on 2 July, SHiP scientists showed the broader scientific community how they plan to unveil the hidden world.   >>

Freedom and security: a sometimes delicate balance

Like any academic institution, CERN celebrates freedom: freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom of movement. Occasionally, however, circumstances beyond our control oblige us to impose certain restrictions. >>

LHC Report: Out of the clouds

In order for the LHC to deliver intense proton beams to the experiments, operators have to perform “scrubbing” of the beam pipes. This operation is necessary to reduce the formation of electron clouds, which would generate instabilities in the colliding beams. >>

HiLumi prepares its construction phase with industry

The High-Luminosity LHC project is now seeking industrial suppliers and collaborations to start the construction phase and make the high-luminosity upgrade happen. The “HiLumi LHC goes to Industry” event held on 26 June aimed to foster R&D; collaborations and knowledge exchange between CERN and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - the perfect opportunity for them to match their capacity with the requirements of HiLumi. >>

KT gets even closer to CERN people

For several years, the Knowledge Transfer (KT) group has been helping CERN people to disseminate their results, know-how and technologies to new fields of application. This may be anything from working with a school, hospital or a company through a licence or collaboration agreement, to securing CERN’s intellectual property rights or even starting a company. In order to maximise the impact of CERN’s work and to provide a service adapted to its users’ needs, the KT group has launched a survey. >>

Behind the scenes at Microcosm

Works advance at Microcosm in preparation for a progressive opening of the new exhibitions from mid-July onwards. >>

International Geneva: intellectual property under the spotlight

On 17 July, the Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry, will present his organisation to CERN people. You are invited to take part and discover the UN’s specialised agency for services, policy, information and cooperation relating to intellectual property. >>

It’s Round 2 for POPScience

The EU-funded POPScience project welcomed the three poets who are taking part in this year’s edition of the popular programme, which will also celebrate Researchers’ Night this year. During their four days of training at CERN, the three poets had the chance to meet several scientists and become acquainted with the Laboratory’s activity. >>

New arrivals

On Thursday, 25 June 2015, recently recruited staff members and fellows participated in an introductory session in the framework of the Induction Programme. >>

Computer Security: Do you have 30 kCHF pocket money?

I am not kidding. Do you have 30,000 CHF to spare? Give it to me, so that I can lose it. It won’t even be well invested. We will just give it away by mistake. An easy mistake, some think. A “gentlemen’s” blunder. Unimportant and, really, not at all a big deal. But, of course, that's wrong - and expensive. Here is my story. >>

Ombud’s Corner: “Summertime – and the living is easy…”

Summer is the time when everybody feels more relaxed and, while we continue to work hard, we also take the time to pause and get to know our colleagues better. This is a very natural and effective way to re-energise. However, let’s not forget that we remain ‘Cernese’ at all times, and that CERN values continue to guide our interactions even at this time, whether we are at work or enjoying a well-earned break. >>

Official News

Next Indefinite Contract review exercise  
Family benefits - Obligation to provide information  
Staff Rules and Regulations - Modification n°9 to the 11th edition  
Driving a CERN vehicle in the European Union: new customs regulation  

Training and Development

Places available - Technical management courses (up to the end of 2015)  
Coming soon - Launch of e-learning initiative for supervisors  


Summer Restaurant opening times  
Physics and medicine: ICTR-PHE 2016 opens abstract submission  
Doing business with CERN  
Going on holiday? Travelling on duty? Do you know what to do if your mobile phone is lost or stolen?  
Work on the Building 4 car park and closure of Entrance A  
Announcement by the Internal Transport Service  
Traffic modifications on Routes Rutherford, Democrite and Fermi  


Public Lecture Collide@CERN Pro Helvetia | 23 July | Main Auditorium  
The Physics of Music and the Music of Physics | CERN at the Montreux Jazz Festival | 9 July  
Get your hearing checked at the CERN Infirmary | 6-10 July  

Staff Association

Communication: I like   
Presidents' Words  
Collection for Nepal  
Cine club  
Learning classical music club  
Orienteering Club  



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