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A dual tech gem for future neutrino detectors

Innovative technologies for next-generation neutrino detectors are currently being tested in the CERN Neutrino Platform project WA105. >>

ESOF: Showcasing science, diversity and inclusivity

I can’t begin a message to personnel without saluting the amazing performance of the LHC as the Geneva summer finally gets under way. Nevertheless, last week, I left CERN behind me to spend some time at the biennial EuroScience Open Forum, ESOF2016, Europe’s biggest public-facing scientific event. >>

ICHEP 2016: to b(ump) or not to b(ump)

This week I’m in Chicago for the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics, ICHEP 2016, hosted this year by the US particle physics community. While it became clear at the conference that the famous 750 GeV bump has flatlined, there’s been a wealth of physics from CERN and around the world. >>

LHC Report: a break from luminosity production

The LHC has been in great shape over the last few months, delivering over 20 fb-1 of integrated luminosity before the ICHEP conference in Chicago at the beginning of August. This is not much below the 25 fb-1 target for the whole of 2016. With this success in mind, a break in luminosity production was taken for six days, starting on 26 July 2016, for a machine development period. >>

CERN at ESOF 2016

CERN had a major presence at the ESOF2016 conference this week, largely in collaboration with our EIROforum partners. A keynote session featuring the CERN Director-General, Fabiola Gianotti, EMBL Director-General, Iain Mattaj, and ESO Director for Science, Rob Ivison, and chaired by BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh debated the value of European collaboration in science. >>

CERN tours: more popular than ever

According to TripAdvisor, CERN is Geneva’s top tourist attraction, welcoming almost 110,000 visitors per year. >>

10,000th teacher visits CERN

This year, the 10,000th teacher will visit CERN since its first teacher programme in 1998. >>

José Miguel Jiménez receives Order of Alfonso X the Wise

On 12 July 2016, José Miguel Jiménez, Head of CERN Technology Department, has been awarded a spanish civil decoration — an encomienda — of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise (see here), for his outstanding experience in the field of research and scientific management in particle physics. >>

Cosmic vibes: CERN raves at summer festivals

This summer, CERN appeared at various festivals in the UK. >>

Computer Security: Pokémon GO! Or not?

Have you already joined the hype surrounding the No. 1 iOS and Android app “Pokémon GO” and started hunting for wild virtual Pokémon while walking through the real world? Have fun and catch them all!!! But also take some physical and digital care! >>

Roberto Petronzio (1949 – 2016)

Our dear colleague Roberto Petronzio passed away on 28 July at the age of 67. He was a CERN fellow from 1977 until 1979, and then a staff member in the Theory division from 1980 until 1986. He played a significant role in our field as Professor at the University of Tor Vergata, as President of the INFN (2004-2011), and as a member of the CERN Council. >>

General Purpose (office) Network reorganisation

On Saturday 27 August, the IT Department’s Communication Systems group will perform a major reorganisation of CERN’s General Purpose Network. >>

Bike to work safely

As the fine weather appears and CERN fills up with summer visitors, the number of people cycling to and from CERN and around the CERN campus rises dramatically – and so does the number of accidents involving bicycles. So far this summer, there have been 10 reported accidents, all of which could have been avoided. There are many things that road users of all kinds can do to make cycling safer and stop that number rising any further. >>

Official News

Procedure for the delivering of personal short-term visitor dosimeters  
Human Resources Department: report on the settlement of disputes and discipline  
Don’t leave your baggage unattended  
Procedure for obtaining visas for Switzerland and France - Signature rights  
Security affects us all!  

Training and Development

Safety Training: "Habilitation électrique - Non-Electrician - Initial" course in September  
Safety Training: "Manual Handling" course in September  


News regarding Mobility at CERN  
Closure of the flagpole car park from 1 to 5 September  
New signage in the "Les Cèdres" car park  
General Purpose (office) Network reorganisation  
New location of the Learning and Development group  
Bike to work safely  
Entrepreneurship as a career path  
New AIDA-2020 call for breakthrough detector technologies  
CERN announces the fourth annual Beamline for Schools competition  
New shuttle stop in front of the Safety Training Centre  
Logistics Services Reminder  
CERN restaurants: opening hours during summer  


Conference: Seeing two black holes merge (with gravitational waves!) | 14 September | Uni Dufour  
Conference: Probing the warped side of our Universe with gravitational waves and computer simulations | 16 September | Uni Dufour  
‘Lightning talks’ from the CERN openlab summer students | 15 and 18 August 2016  
This summer, go behind-the-scenes of CERN in photos in the Microcosm  
Cryogenic Safety HSE Seminar | 21 - 23 September 2016  

Staff Association

Changes at the helm but still on course at the Staff Association  
Summer Camp, July 2016  
Club de Pétanque  
Cricket club looking for new players  
Yoga Club  
Cine Club  
Un canoéiste du CERN vice-champion de France V3