Visit of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

On Wednesday, 20 January 2016, Her Excellency Dr Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, visited CERN. The Lithuanian delegation had a busy morning, visiting several of CERN’s facilities.


The President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė (4th from right), with CERN Director-General, Fabiola Gianotti (3rd from right), CMS deputy spokesperson Kerstin Borras (1st from left), and representatives of the Lithuanian community working at CERN.

The tour of the Laboratory started at Point 5, where the President and her delegation were welcomed by Director-General Fabiola Gianotti, who gave a general introduction to CERN’s activities.  This was followed by a presentation of the work at Point 5 by CMS deputy spokesperson, Kerstin Borras, and a meeting with users from Lithuania working at CMS. The President also enjoyed an introduction to life at CERN during Her lunch in the cafeteria.

In the afternoon,  the delegation stopped off at the Data Centre, where they heard a presentation on the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid by Jamie Shiers, the IT Department’s Data Preservation Project Leader. The President also had the chance to see the robotic arms in the Data Centre’s automated libraries.

At the end of the visit, the President took part in experiments at S’Cool Lab and participated in a virtual tour with high-school classes connected remotely from Lithuania.

by Stefania Pandolfi