Roger Bailey takes over as head of CAS

Established at the beginning of 1983, the CERN Accelerator School has developed to include two courses per year offered to hundreds of students from all over the world. Following the successful management of Daniel Brandt, Roger Bailey joins the newly formed Office of the Director of Accelerators and Technology (DAT) and becomes the new Head of the CERN Accelerator School (CAS).


Roger Bailey, the new Head of the CERN Accelerator School. 

After 8 years of successful growth in popularity for the School, Daniel Brandt has handed on the baton to Roger Bailey. “The success of the CERN Accelerator School has been the result of a fantastic team effort,” says Brandt. “Along with my assistant - initially Suzanne von Wartburg and then Barbara Strasser - I had help from an advisory committee to decide both on the specialist topic and the venue for each workshop, and dedicated programme committees to help find the expert lecturers for the courses. Their support has allowed us to meet all the objectives I set out when I joined the School in 2003.”

“Daniel has left the CERN Accelerator School in great shape,” says his successor, Roger Bailey. “In the short term, I see no reason to make any significant changes to the way that the regular schools are run. We are, however, looking into the possibilities of offering courses on accelerator physics to an even wider community in the not too distant future.” Roger is the former head of LHC Operations and joins the DAT group after almost 30 years at CERN.

Daniel Brandt visited the famed Rigi steam train (Brunnen, Switzerland) while attending his first CAS course as director in 2003.

CAS was established in 1983 as a way to share new knowledge of particle accelerators. The school has grown from a yearly course to two courses per year: a general accelerator physics course held in the autumn, and a spring course on a more specialised topic. Courses are held in CERN Member States and are taught by physicists from CERN and other institutions. Students worldwide are welcome to participate, although the popularity of the School has meant places are often limited.

The next CAS course will be held in the framework of the Joint US-CERN-Japan-Russia School on Particle Accelerators (JAS) on the subject of Synchrotron Radiation & Free Electron Lasers, to be held in Erice, Italy, from 5 to 16 April. It will be followed by the first specialised CAS course of the year, on the subject of High Power Hadron Machines. This course will take place in Bilbao, Spain, from 24 May to 2 June.


by Katarina Anthony