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First year of data taking at high energy for MoEDAL

MoEDAL - the LHC experiment designed to search for highly ionising avatars of new physics, such as magnetic monopoles or massive pseudo-stable charged particles - has collected data from p-p and Pb-Pb collisions at high energy. A unique feature of the experiment is its membership, which includes a high school. >>

The Chamonix workshop: a key point in the CERN calendar

Last week I attended the annual LHC performance workshop in Chamonix. This meeting is an essential part of the CERN calendar, allowing colleagues from the accelerator community, along with representatives of the experiments and of other sectors and departments, to take stock of the accelerators’ performance in the year gone by, and set the direction for the year to come. >>

Latest news from the YETS: keeping up the pace

As we explained in the last edition of the Bulletin (see here), the winter technical stop (otherwise known as the YETS – Year-End Technical Stop) is setting a huge number of experts to work on all of the Laboratory’s accelerators. For the time being, the various maintenance and improvement activities are all on schedule. >>

Chamonix 2016: setting the future course for the LHC and the accelerator complex

The LHC Performance Workshop took place in Chamonix between Tuesday, 25 and Thursday, 28 January. The programme included a review of the machine’s performance in 2015, a forward look at Run 2, and discussion of the status of the LHC injectors upgrade (LIU) and HL-LHC projects. The final session was dedicated to the 2019-2020 long shutdown (LS2). >>

CERN and the environment

New webpages answer common questions about CERN and the environment. >>

Ninety-six hours to build a prototype robot showing human emotions

Thirty-five Master's students in the fields of business, design and engineering participated in an intensive five-day project-based introduction to programming and advanced electronics. The goal of the initiative was to build a fully functional prototype robot able to communicate and show at least four basic human emotions.  >>

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. >>

Prime Minister of Pakistan visits CERN

On Saturday, 23 January 2016, CERN welcomed Mr Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan. >>

Year-end technical stop: train to work safely

As mentioned in the previous issue of the Bulletin (see here), the accelerators are currently undergoing maintenance as part of the year-end technical stop (YETS). Hundreds of people are working simultaneously on different machines, and many of them need to be trained in order to work safely underground. From a Safety Training point of view, this has resulted in a significant increase in training requests, most of them at the last minute, which are now being handled – but not without difficulties.  >>

From the CERN web: WEF, ALPHA, CAST and more

This section highlights articles, blog posts and press releases published in the CERN web environment over the past weeks. This way, you won’t miss a thing...   >>

Computer Security: transparent monitoring for your protection

Computer security can be handled in one of two ways: in secrecy, behind a black curtain; or out in the open, subject to scrutiny and with full transparency. We believe that the latter is the only right way for CERN, and have always put that belief into practice. In keeping with this spirit, here is a reminder of how we monitor (your) CERN activities in order to guarantee timely responses to computer security incidents. >>

Ombud’s Corner: sowing the seeds of trust… continued

Are you able to assign tasks to your staff and then let them get on with them… or do you tend to hover over them to check on their progress? Observing and controlling supervisees too closely can be counterproductive, as it is often perceived as micromanagement and results in stifling employee decision-making, leaving them with the feeling that their manager does not trust them.  >>

Pierre Charrue (1961 - 2016)

Our friend and colleague Pierre is no longer with us. In corridors, around meeting tables, at coffee places, we gather and talk about him, about how great it was to have met him, and what a special person he was. >>

Take part in a Django Girls training!

Women are often under-represented in IT. And yet, at any age and whatever their level and background, it is a field that can arouse much interest.  >>

Official News

Staff Rules and Regulations - Modification N°10 to the 11th edition  

Training and Development

LabVIEW workshops 2016: a free and fun way to learn a new programming language  
Safety Training: places available in February 2016  
AXEL-2016: Introduction to Particle Accelerators  

Announcements

Registration of vehicles at the Gex sous-préfecture: now by appointment only  
Fourth Thematic CERN School of Computing  
Take part in a Django Girls training!  
2016 CERN-JINR European School of High-Energy Physics  
Where students turn into teachers: the 9th Inverted CERN School of Computing  
Wanted: Moderators for International Masterclasses in Particle Physics  

Events

CERN Computing Colloquium | Computer Security in 2016: Where are we and what to expect | 8 February  
Lecture | Accelerating innovation... in medicine: sound for health | 16 February  

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