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The EDIT school trains future experts in detector technologies

The Excellence in Detectors and Instrumentation Technologies (EDIT) School has just taken place for the first time. The enthusiastic feedback from the organizers and the participants shows how the School’s format is just the right formula for today’s young researchers specializing in experimental physics. To mark the importance of the event, Rolf Heuer dedicated the School to Georges Charpak. >>

Greening the streets of CERN

This week, CERN took delivery of bi-fuel cars for the first time. Designed to run on petrol or natural gas, these vehicles represent a cost effective way to reduce our emissions immediately. With widely distributed sites and considerable personal transport needs, this is an important step forward and another clear indication of CERN’s green credentials. >>

LHC Report: Beams are back in the LHC

The LHC has shaken itself awake after the winter break, and, as the snow melts on the lower slopes, the temperature in the magnets has dropped to a chilly 1.9 K once more. >>

CERN's newest building

With a growing number of users looking for offices, the shortage of space has become acute, particularly for physicists. Building 42, inaugurated on Friday 11 February, offers almost 300 new work-spaces and a particularly pleasant working environment. >>

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). >>

The LHC babies

With the machine restart and first collisions at 3.5 TeV, 2009 and 2010 were two action-packed years at the LHC. The events were a real media success, but one important result that remained well hidden was the ten births in the LHC team over the same period. The mothers – engineers, cryogenics experts and administrative assistants working for the LHC – confirm that it is possible to maintain a reasonable work-life balance. Two of them tell us more… >>

A new video studio for CERN

On Monday, 14 February 2011 CERN's new video studio was inaugurated with a recording of "Spotlight on CERN", featuring an interview with the DG, Rolf Heuer. >>

The LHC at the AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. last week. >>

DESERTEC: energy for the planet

The DESERTEC project, launched in 2007, aims to enable the countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to cover a large part of their energy needs through the use of renewable energies by 2050. One of the instigators of this project is Gerhard Knies, former particle physicist at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron). On several occasions he also took part in experiments at CERN, and on 3 February he returned to the Laboratory to present DESERTEC at a special colloquium. >>

Playing with particles

Could the principles of particle physics ever be explained by a game? Could a deck of cards ever teach the Standard Model the way Monopoly teaches economics? According to players of the Quark Matter card game, the answer is an easy “yes!”. >>

A Brief History of CERN

CERN's fascinating history, from the period preceding its creation right up to the present day, has inspired many people to take up pen and paper over the years. Recently, Marie Mazzone, a 19-year old student at Geneva's Collège Sismondi, chose it as the subject for her "travail de maturité", which she presented in the form of a comic book. >>

News from the Library: A Poet in the Laboratory, meet the Author Beatrice Bressan

Beatrice Bressan, outreach coordinator of the TOTEM experiment, will present her poetry book "The Origin". The presentation will be followed by a reading of her poems. >>

TV programme presentations: Bang Goes the Theory by BBC (2010) and Beyond the Atom with John Ellis by Redes and Science Networks (2010)

BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory explores various aspects of science. In this episode, presenter Dallas Campbell travels to CERN to meet physicist Tara Shears and learn more about antimatter. >>

Official News

Federal census of the population in Switzerland  
Entitlement to vote in the Canton of Geneva and entitlement to vote and eligibility for election in the Canton of Vaud  
Taxation in Switzerland  

Training and Development

CERN Technical training: Available places in forthcoming courses  
Safety Training: scheduled sessions in March  
CCM - Understanding and working with Competencies  


Inverted CERN School of Computing  
External meeting: From charged-particle multiplicities to the top quark  
ACCU Meeting  
Blood donation  
To all members of the personnel  

Staff Association

Is MARS a good system for CERN?  
Election to the Board of the Mutual Aid Fund  
Looking at our origins  
There's no language like our language, like no language we know. But how did it evolve?  
Nursery School - Exhibition  
Nursery School - ENROLMENTS 2011-2012  
Would you like to learn to sail?  
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