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New experiment to gain unparalleled insight into antimatter

At last week’s Research Board meeting, the Baryon Antibaryon Symmetry Experiment (BASE) was approved for installation at CERN. The experiment will be diving into the search for matter-antimatter asymmetry, as it aims to take ultra-high precision measurements of the antiproton magnetic moment. >>

Together in the same direction

It’s sometimes difficult to explain the nature of global collaboration in particle physics: how fierce competition coexists with collaboration, and how, whatever our differences, we all pull in the same direction. But this week gave us two strong examples. >>

LS1 Report: Preparatory phase complete

The preparatory phase in the LHC which includes electrical and leak test is now completed. The field is now free for consolidation, upgrade and maintenance activities. >>

From CERN to space – and back

At the end of May, 40 years after he worked as a fellow on the Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR), former astronaut Ernst Messerschmid gave a colloquium at CERN. His experience in the Laboratory’s international environment was an important factor in the process that led to his becoming one of the first Germans in space. >>

Content, Clarity and Charisma

The winning recipe of FameLab is all in the three Cs that are written on the evaluation chart of the judges. If you are a young researcher and dream of communicating your science to the public in a TV-like setting, challenge yourself with the FameLab golden rules and give an amazing three-minute speech at the next FameLab competition in any of the participating countries. >>

AIDA: concerted calorimeter development

AIDA – the EU-funded project bringing together more than 80 institutes worldwide – aims at developing new detector solutions for future accelerators. Among the highlights reported at AIDA’s recent annual meeting in Frascati was the completion of an impressive calorimeter test beam programme, conducted by the CALICE collaboration over the past two years at CERN’s PS and SPS beam lines. >>

Removal of a section of the CMS beam pipe

Over recent weeks, members of the TE-VSC group have been removing seven components of the beam pipe located at the heart of the CMS detector. The delicate operations involved have been performed in several stages as the detector opening work has progressed. >>

Finally, a crèche at CERN!

After many years of discussion, the CERN Staff Association’s first crèche will open its doors in September to welcome up to 20 babies and toddlers. >>

Two new “CERNland Expert” laureates

Two classes (46 ten-year-old pupils) from the Primary School of Binago (Como, Italy) participated in the project of the master's thesis by Valentina Rigamonti, a student from the University of Milan. The project was about CERNland, CERN’s website for kids. “CERNland Expert” diplomas and DVDs of the website were the must-have prizes of this original competition. Valentina tells us more about her work. >>

Pension Fund award

The CERN Pension Fund won the Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE) 2013 Gold Award in the Medium Real-Estate Investor category. IPE is the leading European publication on the subject of pensions. The awards were judged by a panel of 22 members, which included leading European investment consultants and pension fund executives. >>

Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña tours CERN

CERN continues to attract a wide variety of visitors. On 5 June, it was the turn of renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. With a broad interest in science, Peña was here to celebrate his 60th birthday, accompanied by friends David Ashton and Chrissie Twigg, and his wife Karin. >>

Prison or “Prism”? Your data in custody

Send your data into the cloud and make it... vaporize” was the title of one of our Bulletin articles in 2011. We were not precise enough. We should have entitled it “Send your data into the cloud and make it… available to a national security agency”. >>

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  


ICAN Symposium | Can the future of accelerators be fibers? | 27-28 June  
CERN’s training centre is getting bigger  
Move! Eat better: Try out a pedometer!  
Entrance C - Meyrin site: new access conditions  
SAFETY ALERT: Electrical insulation defect on safety helmets  
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  

Staff Association

Excellence: impossible without a stable and experienced staff  
Finally a crèche at CERN, thanks to the Staff Association  
Dancing club  
Orienteering club  



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