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One or many?

How many Higgs bosons are out there? Several theoretical models foresee the existence of more than one such boson but the current data cannot confirm any of these scenarios. What should we expect from the future data and the results of the current analysis? >>

A shower of good news

It never rains but it pours. So the saying goes, and it was literally true in Brussels this week as well as figuratively, seen from a CERN perspective. I am in Brussels for the special meeting of the European Strategy Session of Council, which yesterday approved the updated European Strategy for Particle Physics. This is the first time that the Council has met in Brussels, and we used the opportunity to meet people whose opinions matter on science in Europe. >>

LS1 Report: operations on the right track

The SMACC interconnection train continues to progress in Sector 5-6 of the LHC, where the re-soldering of the opened M-lines has started (see picture 2). The interconnection teams are now also starting work in Sector 6-7, preparing and opening the interconnection bellows etc. >>

Interview with Cédric Villani

On 21 May this year, CERN had the pleasure of welcoming the mathematician Cédric Villani as part of the series of lectures organised by the Groupement des Français du CERN. The CERN Bulletin took the opportunity to ask him a few questions. >>

Now playing in a browser near you: TEDxCERN

Earlier this month, CERN played host to one of the hottest, hippest and most educational parties around: TEDx. The event brought together thousands of viewers, speakers and participants from around the world. >>

ACCU: a committee that addresses Users' needs

This year, the Advisory Committee of CERN Users (ACCU) celebrates its 25th anniversary. Created in its modern form in December 1988 - at a time when the number of users was about 1,500 - the committee still defends the interests of today’s users, now numbering around 11,000. >>

n_TOF: a new experimental area under way

On Thursday 23 May, CERN celebrated the laying of the foundation stone of the new experimental area (EAR-2) of n_TOF – CERN’s neutron source facility*. Under a mild sun, Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General, Enrico Chiaveri, spokesperson for the n_TOF collaboration, Frédérick Bordry, head of CERN’s Technology Department, and other important figures at CERN raised their glasses to the launch of this new scientific adventure. >>

FameLab Switzerland: a CERN PhD student triumphs

Would you be able to explain your work to a non-specialist in just three minutes? On Friday 24 May, the Swiss national final of FameLab saw six young researchers from CERN attempt just that. FameLab is an international competition in the style of a TV talent show, seeking out the next generation of talent in science communication. >>

Don’t miss the Passport to the Big Bang event this Sunday!

Word has been going around for weeks now about the inauguration of the Passport to the Big Bang on Sunday 2 June. Ideal for a family day out or a day with friends, this is a CERN event not to be missed! >>

CERN Relay Race: sporty and colourful

On Thursday 23 May, the 43rd CERN Relay Race took place, with 108 teams on the starting line, the largest participation ever! >>

Highlights from e-EPS: Physics league… for kick-ass students

e-EPS News is an addition to the CERN Bulletin line-up, showcasing articles from e-EPS – the European Physical Society newsletter – as part of a collaboration between the two publications. >>

The Lure of Wireless Encryption

Following our article entitled “Jekyll or Hyde? Better browse securely” in the last issue of the Bulletin, some people wondered why the CERN wireless network is not encrypted… >>

Ombuds’ corner: Virtue ethics and its applications

“Virtue ethics provides managers and business leaders with an opportunity to ask themselves what kind of people they become through their actions and how their decisions impact the lives of others. It gives them a chance to consider what kind of business environments and cultures they should build, how business goals, policies and procedures foster positive or negative learning in their employees and what kind of societies they contribute to developing through their operations and the products and services they offer.” (1) >>

News from the Library: Language learners, don't forget the Library!

Vous essayez d'apprendre l'anglais ? Are you trying to learn French? The Library is there to support your efforts! >>

Next Indefinite Contract review exercise

Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to inform you that the 2013 LD2IC exercise (selection process for the conversion of limited-duration contracts to indefinite contracts) was officially launched last week.  >>

SAFETY ALERT: Electrical insulation defect on safety helmets

Contrarily to the information provided until 31 May 2013, some “Euro Protection” safety helmets do not respect any of the requirements for electrical insulation. >>

Official News

Next Indefinite Contract review exercise  

Training and Development

New course: “Lync – click to call and collaborate with others”  
Safety Training: places available in June 2013  
Summer French courses for BEGINNERS (15 July to 3 September 2013)  
Summer Oral Expression English course  
Technical training: places available  


SAFETY ALERT: Electrical insulation defect on safety helmets  
Cycling safety: a priority for CERN  
It’s all about safety signs!  
Between 3 June and 3 August, limit your electricity consumption  


Conférence d'Hubert Reeves | 18 juin | Uni Dufour  
Diversity in Action | Interactive Workshop | 4 July  
Student Concert | Learning Classical Music Club | 15 June  
Children's Concert | Learning Classical Music Club | 15 June  

Staff Association

Public Staff Meetings – thank you for a large attendance  
Orienteering Club  
CERN Women's Club  
Cricket Club