In collaboration with the Technical University of Kaunas (KTU), the CERN Accelerator School is preparing its first residential course after the COVID-19 pandemic for early September 2021.
The introductory CAS course is the core teaching of all CAS courses and represents the ideal opportunity to be introduced into the field of particle accelerators. This course will be of interest to staff and students from laboratories and universities as well as from companies manufacturing accelerator equipment. The course will focus on various aspects of beam dynamics and will provide an introduction to the underlying accelerator systems and technologies. Key topics will be consolidated through a series of discussion sessions and computer-based tutorials, while topical seminars will round up the programme.
The final decision on holding this course will be taken by the end of July 2021. Hence present inscriptions are only a firm expression of interest. Payments and travel organisation will be done after the confirmation date. This time, grant applications can only be accepted for persons not requiring a VISA.
For more information and application, please visit the school website: https://cas.web.cern.ch/schools/kaunas-2021
To mark the successful start of the building work for CERN Science Gateway, a “first stone” ceremony will take place on the visitors’ car park of the Globe, on Monday, 21 June from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. The architects and main funders of the project will be present, as well as CERN Council Delegates, representatives of Member States, Associate Member States and Host-States.
Due to COVID-19 measures, the number of in-person places is limited, so a live webcast will be available, at the following link: https://webcast.web.cern.ch/event/i1046896.
All members of personnel are invited to accompany the webcast and visit the exhibition on CERN Science Gateway and CERN that will be on the Esplanade des Particules for the coming months.
A revised version of the CERN Open Access Policy was approved by Director-General Fabiola Gianotti on 25 May 2021. The updated policy will help strengthen the Organization’s commitment to open science and ensure that the output of research from the laboratory is made publicly available
The CERN Open Access Policy – originally introduced in 2014 and last reviewed in 2017 – has facilitated significant progress towards the ultimate goal of publishing all of CERN’s research open access. Thanks to this policy, 93% of CERN scientific publications were openly accessible in 2020. This success is primarily attributable to the SCOAP3 initiative, a global, CERN-hosted collaboration of 3000 institutions that has enabled open access publishing of high-energy physics research in key journals. The recent Read and Publish agreements signed with five major publishers have further widened options for CERN authors to publish their research open access beyond high-energy physics publications.
The revised policy both reinforces CERN’s position on open access and clarifies it, in particular with regard to the default licence applied to each article, i.e. Creative Commons attribution licence (CC-BY-4.0), which enables maximum reuse of the research results while requiring that authors receive appropriate credit. Furthermore, the policy highlights the importance of the identification of CERN-affiliated corresponding authors for research articles to ensure their systematic open access publishing under Read and Publish agreements. Finally, the policy confirms that all CERN-affiliated authors are eligible to benefit from central funding to cover open access publishing fees.
The revised version of the policy is available here.
All the open access options available at CERN are presented on the Scientific Information Service website, and an interactive tool has been developed to help CERN authors find the best path towards open access.
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David Moliner Reyero, the main developer behind these changes, describes this as an evolution rather than a revolution: “We have condensed the basic ticket information at the top, and given more emphasis underneath to the communication flow between supporters and callers. The major goals have been to improve readability and reduce complexity.”
Here is a brief explanation of the ticket outline.
Along the top:
Then separate tabs contain additional information:
This restructuring means ticket communication now takes up the entire central pane, enhancing the overall readability. There have also been code improvements to enable links directly in all posts. In addition, by making use of tabs, we have streamlined the overall design, thereby greatly simplifying the ticket view.
We hope these improvements are useful and, as always, we welcome your feedback. Please log in to complete the form: https://cern.service-now.com/service-portal?id=sc_cat_item&name=request&se=service-management
Although ticks live all year round, they are most active between March and November. They are mostly found in damp, wooded areas and grassy fields, either in the long grass or on plants that are close to the ground.
On human bodies, they like warm, moist areas where the skin is thin, like behind the ears, around the neck, under the armpits, on the navel, in the groin, behind the knees or on the inner thighs.
Their bite can transmit various infectious agents, the most common of which are listed below.
Every year in Switzerland, around 10 000 people contract Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) from a tick bite. The first sign of this disease is generally redness around the bite. It must be treated with antibiotics.
You can find out more about Lyme disease in Switzerland here and in France here: Lyme borreliosis: 2019 epidemiological data (santepubliquefrance.fr) (in French).
Meningoencephalitis is rarer than Lyme disease. The first stage of the disease is characterised by flu-like symptoms. This is followed by an asymptomatic stage, before meningitis-like symptoms appear. A preventive vaccine exists – it is not compulsory but it is recommended by the Federal public health authorities for anyone over the age of six living or staying in Switzerland (except in the cantons of Geneva and Ticino, which are less affected by the disease).
You can find out more about meningoencephalitis in Switzerland here and in France here: Tick-borne encephalitis | Vaccination Info Service (vaccination-info-service.fr) (in French).
How to protect yourself against ticks:
If you’ve been bitten by a tick, how do you remove it?
If you are worried about a tick bite or if you have flu-like or unusual symptoms after being bitten by a tick, see your GP or consult a pharmacist.
The CERN Medical Service is also available to answer any questions: Medical.Service@cern.ch
Many of us have suffered communication problems since Swisscom’s antennae were replaced by those of Orange in France for regulatory reasons. The connectivity issues arise when a mobile phone remains connected to a mobile operator until it loses signal, while another operator could offer a much better service. Communication cuts, missed calls and no signal are some of the results of this phenomenon.
Although CERN, Swisscom and Orange worked together to ease the transfer between operators when crossing the border, experience has unfortunately shown that this phenomenon depends on the phone, its operating system configuration and even its firmware version. Put simply, many phones resist connecting to Orange/Swisscom as they should, instead staying connected to Swisscom/Orange.
Since 2019, CERN and the two operators have studied various approaches to improving the service. The simplest solution is to have a phone switch between network cells based simply on signal quality, ignoring the name of the operator. To this end, the E-PLMN (Equivalent Public Land Mobile Network) project was launched in early 2020, with Swisscom and Orange working together to deliver an improved service for CERN users.
The idea behind the E-PLMN project is simple: a telephone considers both Orange and Swisscom as equivalent networks and switches between network cells depending only on the signal quality. A phone automatically connects to the best available network but, as this only happens when idle, ongoing calls could still be cut if coverage is lost mid-conversation.
Although a simple concept, such a configuration is the first to be employed in an international setting. Fortunately, after extensive pilot testing and network reconfiguration by both operators, we now have a very successful service.
To enjoy the benefits of the improved network service, you need to:
Please note that roaming charges and restrictions still apply while connected to Orange. For more information, visit this link and remember that you can monitor your monthly roaming data consumption via Swisscom's cockpit.
1 All SIM cards and eSIMs delivered as from 1 June will have this option activated by default.
The event, organised by CERN in collaboration with Nikhef (the National Institute of Subatomic Physics in the Netherlands), will involve a wide spectrum of Dutch companies active in areas of interest to researchers, engineers and technicians at CERN.
Anyone at CERN is welcome to attend the event.
“The objective is to develop contacts and match Dutch companies with the relevant CERN technical counterparts and procurement officers, to address the upcoming challenging requirements at CERN.” CERN Procurement Service
Consult the complete programme here: https://hollandcern.cern.b2match.io/
If you are not already considered as a CERN Contact Person for Industrial Events @ CERN and wish to make appointments with the representatives of Dutch industry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive an invitation.
While the global situation is not exactly the same as it was during the previous iteration, the purpose of the event remains the same: to develop the commercial relationship between CERN and leading companies in its Member States. Procurement remains a fundamental aspect of CERN’s economic impact on its Member States and, reciprocally, advancement in accelerators, detectors and computing takes shape through successful business collaborations with a variety of industries.
A new EDH incident declaration form replacing the current “A2” form will be released on Thursday 3 June. The previous A2 and HS 50 form will be temporarily unavailable around noon on that day.
However, if an A2 or HS50 has already been created before that time, it will remain accessible and the services concerned will make sure that all A2s are properly closed during the afternoon. The new EDH incident declaration form will go into production in the evening and it will be possible to create both an incident declaration and an HS50 again.
Join the audience on Thursday 3 June from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the latest edition of the "News from the Lab" event series which will be dedicated to CERN's knowledge transfer activities. Maurizio Vretenar and Roxana Reta will be giving talks on the Organization's research aiming at transferring some of the technologies developed for particle physics to society, in particular in the domains of cancer therapy with particle beams, of environmental protection, and of artwork analysis.
For more information on the talks and access details, please visit the Alumni website.
The 22nd Particles and Nuclei International Conference (PANIC) will take place online between 5 and 10 September 2021. This year's edition of the triennal conference will be hosted by two Portuguese laboratories, namely LIP, (the Laboratory for Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics), and FCUL (the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon).
The weeklong event will consist in a series of plenary talks, parallel sessions and a poster session. The scientific programme addresses a broad range of topics at the interface between particle, nuclear and astrophysics. Special emphasis will be devoted to recent discoveries and results.
Registration is open on Indico until 15 August for a 45€ fee.
The deadline for abstract submission is 20 June and the decision on the selection of abstracts will be announced on 15 July.
Please visit the Indico page of the event for further details on the scientific programme, speakers, the call for abstracts and registration.
Registration is open until June 30 for the International Neutrino Summer School, a CERN-hosted online school which will take place from 2 to 13 August 2021.
Neutrino experiments have evolved from single-purpose instruments into large, multi-purpose research facilities with a broad and diverse research program. Similarly, theoretical neutrino physics spans a multitude of topics, from theoretical model building, over oscillation phenomenology, all the way to cosmology and astrophysics.
The goal of this school is to prepare the next generation of scientists for work in this vibrant field. Aimed at PhD students and young postdocs in both experimental and theoretical neutrino physics, it will feature lectures by renowned experts spanning the full breadth of modern neutrino physics. Lectures will be complemented by mini-projects on which the students will work in small teams, with guidance from the lecturers and organisers.
The school will be hosted by CERN, but is planned to run fully in virtual mode. There might be options for lecturers and students to visit CERN during the program, depending on sanitary conditions at the time.
The application deadline is June 30. There is no registration fee.
Apply now on Indico.
Registration is open for the Jardin des Particules Summer camp and crèche (daycare) for children from four months to six years old.
This year, children from four months to four years old can participate on a weekly basis for the four weeks of July under certain conditions. Children under four years old on 5 July will be registered at the crèche
The general conditions are available on the website. Please sign in to see the document below.
You need to read the General Terms and Conditions, complete, sign and return the form as well as the medical questionnaire to Summer.Camp@cern.ch with the following subject:
Summer Camp - Child Name – Week numbers
The camp will be open on weeks 27, 28, 29 and 30, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. One inscription per week is proposed, lunch included at the following rates:
Registration is open :
· From 3 May to 16 May for children who are already enrolled in Le Jardin des Particules
· From 17 May for the children of CERN members of the personnel (MP)
· From 31 May for other children
The enrolment in the Summer Camp and crèche closes on 4 June 2021.
Requests will be considered based on the order of payment reception and will be confirmed on 4 June 2021.
For further questions, please contact us by email at Summer.Camp@cern.ch
Le Jardin des Particules
Join the audience on 20 May from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the latest edition of the "News from the Lab" event series which will be dedicated to the ATLAS New Small Wheels (NSW). ATLAS experimental physicist Kostas Ntekas will give a presentation on the NSW and his ATLAS colleague Florencia Denari will be moderating the event.
The NSW refer to the upgraded innermost muon detection layers (Small Wheels), which received completely new detectors and electronics to allow for an ever more precise muon track reconstruction and provide essential muon triggering capabilities. The NSW, which are currently being installed on the detector, are a part of the broader overhaul of ATLAS, aimed at preparing the detector for future higher luminosities within the LHC.
For more information on the talk, the NSW and access details, please visit the Alumni website.
Register now on Indico for the RADSAGA Final Conference and Industrial Event on 17-19 May 2021. The RADSAGA (RADiation and reliability challenges for electronics used in Space, Aviation, Ground and Accelerators) consortium is an EU-funded project coordinated by CERN that brings together industry, universities and laboratories to study and find concrete solutions to the issue of radiation effects on electronics in spacecraft and accelerators.
RADSAGA early-stage researchers will present the latest results of their research, alongside keynote speeches from NASA, ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, Vanderbilt University and CEA. In addition, a round-table discussion on the importance of RADSAGA research and the future needs in the field of radiation effects will be organised on 18 May at 4.20 p.m. CEST.
The two-day online conference will be followed by the RADNEXT project’s kick-off meeting (19-20 May 2021) to highlight the continuity of CERN’s engagement in the field of radiation effects.
Registration for the RADSAGA online conference is open until 14 May.
Following the signature of several Read and Publish agreements with various publishers (IOP, Springer, Elsevier and IEEE), the CERN Scientific Information Service (SIS) has just concluded a fifth agreement, this time with publisher Wiley, thanks to the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries and SwissUniversities, which negotiated the contract on behalf of the Swiss Consortium members and customers.
This new Read and Publish agreement, announced on 30 April, enables CERN-affiliated authors to publish their research articles in Wiley’s hybrid journals with article publication charges (APCs) paid centrally. In addition, CERN readers are granted access to content from all the Wiley journals that would otherwise be behind paywalls.
Information about the CERN open-access agreements is available on the CERN SIS website. In addition, in order to help authors better understand their open-access options, CERN SIS has released an Interactive Author Guide, available here. This intuitive tool guides authors to find the best open-access option available at CERN for publishing their articles.
Please send any questions or feedback to email@example.com.
A new travel document (TRVL) is available on the EDH desktop. This single document replaces both the duty travel request (TREQ) and the travel claim (TCLM).
The travel document, developed in accordance with CERN’s travel policy (AC33), includes an automated calculation of the daily travel allowance and better connectivity with Traveldoo, the online booking tool. Travellers can now use Traveldoo to book their own travel arrangements once their duty travel is approved.
Two information sessions for travel arrangers and travel managers of all departments were held on 16 and 22 April. Full documentation, as well as the revised Admin e-guide procedures, will soon be available.
This new EDH document is the result of joint efforts by the Business Computing group (FAP-BC) and the Accounting group (FAP-ACC). It also drew on input from a range of travellers, travel arrangers and travel managers across the Organization.
Members of the personnel should address any questions to their department’s travel manager.
On Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 4.30 p.m., Professor Monica Colpi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) will give a presentation on “The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna to Explore the Invisible Universe” (more on LISA below). To attend, follow the instructions available in the Indico event.
The colloquium will be followed by a Library Talk event presenting two science popularisation books on the beauty of astrophysics and gravitational waves: Monica Colpi’s Notte Siriaca (Science Express) and Paola Catapano’s Il Lungo Viaggio delle Onde Gravitazionali (Textus). The talks will be moderated by Antonella Del Rosso, after a short introduction by Tullio Basaglia. The books being published in Italian, the Library Talk event will be in Italian only.
All colloquium attendees are invited to stay for this presentation, which will be accessible via the same Zoom link.
The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA)
LISA, a gigameter-scale space-based gravitational wave observatory, will explore the gravitational wave universe in the band from below 0.1 mHz to above 0.1 Hz. LISA will grant us access to a huge cosmological volume with unprecedented reach deep into space, detecting signals up to redshifts 20-30 and even beyond, if sources exist. LISA will detect massive black hole coalescences to unveil the as-yet-unknown origins of the first quasars and to shed light into the teeming population of middleweight black holes forming in galactic dark matter halos. LISA will discover the link between the most energetic phenomena in the universe – accreting and merging black holes – and the grand design of galaxy assembly. In synergy with third-generation ground-based interferometers, we will discover how gravitational collapse to a black hole is triggered, on all astrophysically relevant mass scales from a few tens to a few billions of solar masses. I will address how the X-ray mission Athena, which is joining LISA in concurrent multi-messenger observations of massive black hole coalescences, will greatly enhance our knowledge on the propagation properties of gravitational waves and on the rate of expansion of our universe.
Registration for the (virtual) 25th CHEP conference, which will take place from 17 to 21 May 2021, is now open. In the light of the ongoing pandemic, it was decided to organise an online version of the free-to-join conference this year as a showcase for software and computing in high-energy physics (HEP) and to support the community, encourage discussion and foster further innovation in the field. Instructions for joining conference sessions will be sent to registered participants only.
The scientific programme for vCHEP2021 addresses the computing, networking, storage and software needs of the world’s leading high-energy and nuclear physics experiments, which analyse hundreds of petabytes of data using worldwide computing resources. vCHEP2021 will place a strong emphasis on innovation, and the topics covered will span the Large Hadron Collider experiments upgrades, machine learning, quantum computing, distributed computing systems, and algorithm optimisation and parallelisation.
For the first time at CHEP, contributors have been asked to prepare an abstract and an extended submission of six to ten pages, describing their work in detail. More than 200 papers from all over the world have been submitted, which will certainly make for a rich and vibrant conference.
The programme has been designed with a strong high-energy and nuclear physics focus. The most innovative contributions have been placed centre stage: they will be the subject of a series of longer talks in plenary sessions. The many other relevant papers will be presented in a series of parallel sessions throughout the week. The programme has been arranged to allow for global participation from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Americas.
All contributions accepted at the conference will be published in the form of proceedings. The best contributions will be submitted to Computing and Software for Big Science (CSBS, Springer), one of the premier peer-reviewed journals for the field.
And while you prepare for this year’s conference, you might already want to save the date for next year’s: CHEP2022, organised by Jefferson Lab, which will take place in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, from 16 to 20 May 2022.
For any questions related to vCHEP2021, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DK@CERN industrial exhibition, organised by CERN in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute, will be attended by a wide spectrum of Danish companies active in fields of interest to researchers, engineers and technicians at CERN.
“The objective is to develop contacts and match Danish companies with the relevant CERN technical counterparts and procurement officers in order to address the upcoming challenging requirements at CERN. ” – CERN Procurement Service
Anyone at CERN is welcome to attend the event. The complete programme is available here.
If you are not already considered a “CERN contact person” for Industrial Events@CERN and wish to make appointments with the Danish companies, please send an email to email@example.com to receive an invitation.
While the global situation is not exactly the same as it was during the previous iteration, the purpose of the event remains the same: to develop the commercial relationship between CERN and leading companies in its Member States. Procurement remains a fundamental aspect of CERN’s economic impact in its Member States and, reciprocally, advancements in accelerators, detectors and computing take shape through successful business collaborations with a variety of industries.
The CDS and Library teams have been jointly developing the CERN Library Catalogue with the aim of improving your experience when using the Library’s services: searching the various collections, borrowing books, accessing electronic resources, requesting new documents, etc.
The CERN Library Catalogue only includes documents that are made physically or electronically available to the CERN community by the Library: e-books, books, proceedings, standards and journals.
CERN scientific publications such as preprints, published articles or theses written by CERN authors or collaborations will stay in CDS in its role as CERN’s institutional repository. However, links between the two systems have been enabled to allow for smooth navigation between documents.
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