Frequent power cuts will occur on the Prévessin site (buildings 867-864-865-866-892-904-927-926-880-881-939-771-937-947) on Saturday 23 January from 07:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. due to emergency stop tests.
The EN-EL group recommends that you turn off all your critical equipment and computer equipment.
For any further information please refer to the "note de coupure".
PDG Reviews & Booklets are available to pick up in front of the Library (building 52/1-052).
They can also be ordered online for delivery to your home address on the following website: https://pdg.lbl.gov/
If you have any questions or would like to order multiple copies, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing its successful seven-years run, Beamline for Schools is ready to kick off the 2021 edition. This physics competition offers high-school students the unique opportunity to carry out an experiment at CERN or in a partner research laboratory.
The competition is open to teams of five students or more, aged 16 and over, accompanied by at least one adult supervisor or “coach”. To participate, teams should think of a simple, creative experiment and submit a written proposal and a short video proposal. The submission deadline for the 2021 edition is 15 April 2021. The Beamline for Schools team at CERN and the contact person in each country or region stand ready to answer questions and provide guidance.
Each year, two of the teams that compete are selected by a committee of experts to conduct their experiments at a particle physics facility. In 2021, the CERN test-beam area will still be under scheduled maintenance and so cannot host experiments. The experiments will thus be performed at DESY in Hamburg, Germany. DESY is a world-leading accelerator centre and Germany’s national laboratory for particle physics, accelerators and photon science. It offers particle beams and infrastructure where a very wide range of experiments in particle physics, detector development and multidisciplinary science can be conducted.
All participants will receive a certificate. Shortlisted teams will receive a T-shirt and a special prize. Each winning team - up to nine members and two coaches - will be invited, all expenses paid, to DESY for between 10 and 15 days to perform their experiment.
Learn more about the Beamline for Schools competition and registration at http://cern.ch/bl4s.
The CERN Scientific Information Service (SIS) has signed a Read and Publish agreement with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This brings the number of agreements between CERN and publishers to four, after IOP, Springer Nature and Elsevier signed with CERN.
IEEE is a major publisher in electrical and electronic engineering, and this new agreement enables CERN-corresponding authors to publish their articles in all IEEE journals in open access. In addition, the CERN community can access the whole IEEE Electronic Library, including scientific journals, proceedings and standards.
This agreement is of particular importance as it concerns engineering, a field in which open-access publications are not as prevalent as in high-energy physics.
Visit the SIS website for more information on agreements with publishers.
Please send any questions to email@example.com
Following agreements with IOP and Springer Nature in 2020 and with IEEE for 2021, the CERN Scientific Information Service (SIS) has struck a new, innovative agreement with another major publisher: Elsevier. Read and Publish deals encompass open-access publication of CERN articles (publishing) and access to journals that are behind a paywall (reading).
CERN and Elsevier have a long, common history of open-access publishing, but this three-year Read and Publish agreement is the first of its kind with the publisher. It covers the open-access publication of research articles submitted by CERN-affiliated corresponding authors and CERN collaborations in Elsevier outlets in the domain of physics or engineering, as well as access to subscribed journals.
The new Read and Publish agreements, together with the continued support of the SCOAP3 collaboration, mean that the vast majority of CERN articles are now published open access, which ensures a smooth and transparent workflow for the authors.
Visit the SIS website for more information on agreements with publishers.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenance work will be carried out overnight on the CERN telephone exchanges on 20 January 2021 between 7 p.m. CET and 2 a.m. CET.
During this intervention, fixed telephone services may be disrupted.
The CCC (72201) and Fire Brigade (74444 and 74848) numbers will remain reachable at any time. Red phones, lift telephones, and mobile telephony services will not be affected by the maintenance work.
Registration is open on the website for the webinar on the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL–LHC), which will provide an overview of the upgrade project with highlights of the main challenges and technical innovations.
Presented by Oliver Brüning, head of the HL-LHC project, the webinar will cover:
• An introduction to the HL–LHC project.
• An overview of the challenges of a high-energy, high-luminosity hadron collider.
• An outline of the performance reach in HE colliders over the next two decades.
The event is sponsored by the following institutions: Integrated engineering software, Pfeiffer Vacuum and W-IE-NE-R + iseg
Questions have recently been raised with respect to the framework applicable to the issuance of internal tax annual certificates to associated members of the personnel (MPAs).
Today, the term “subsistence allowance” is used for both allowances that CERN pays to MPAs and allowances that it processes in favour of MPAs upon the instruction, and on behalf of, third-parties, i.e. institutions involved in the experimental collaborations or the collaborations themselves. In the interest of transparency, the Management has proposed to introduce the term “cost-of-living allowance (COLA)” for the latter case in the Staff Rules and Regulations. The purpose of both allowances is to defray the costs incurred by MPAs in the local region during their time at CERN.
Regardless of the name, allowances processed on behalf of a third party are not paid by the Organization, which therefore cannot issue internal tax certificates for those payments. This resulted from the recommendations by CERN’s Internal Audit Service and from numerous exchanges with the fiscal authorities in our two Host States, France and Switzerland. For this reason CERN has announced already in 2017 that it will no longer issue internal tax annual certificates for allowances processed on behalf of a third party. Although this measure should have been implemented with immediate effect in order to fix an historical anomaly, a one-year grace period was negotiated with the Host States and a second year was granted because the accompanying support measures for completion of the tax declarations could not be put in place due to difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 2020 onwards, recipients of third-party allowances shall receive an “Individual Annual Statement” which can be used in preparation of their tax declarations. With respect to France, any actual costs incurred during the recipients’ stay in the local region may be deductible for income tax purposes. Practical modalities will be specified in the Admin e-guide in due course.
The proposed new framework introducing the new term COLA was approved by the Council at its December 2020 Session and will come into effect on 1 January 2021.
 this covers all students, project associates and payments initiated by CERN.
If you are interested in attending this event, the Library can get you a ticket. Please contact email@example.com before January 7, 2021 (early bird registration).
More information on the event “Ten keys to reality with Frank Wilczek” on the New Scientist website
Frank Wilczek’s new book “Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality” will also be available in January.
The new Rules of the CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) will come into force on 1 January 2021. The changes concern the Scheme’s membership conditions and the contributions of certain Members, following the introduction in the Rules and Regulations of the Pension Fund of new provisions governing the acquisition of a surviving spouse’s pension. The changes are as follows (the corresponding articles of the Rules are indicated in square brackets):
Changes affecting Subsidiary Members:
In the case of marriages taking place after the new Rules come into force, the spouse will be covered as a Subsidiary Member only if a surviving spouse’s pension has been purchased.
[II 1.02 al. b, i]
Children born to a Main Member after 1 January 2021 and more than one year after the Main Member’s retirement will be covered as Subsidiary Members only if both their parents are Members of the Scheme. [II 1.02 al. b, ii]
Children adopted or officially recognised by a Main Member after 1 January 2021 and after the Main Member’s retirement will be covered as Subsidiary Members only if both their parents are Members of the Scheme. [II 1.02 al. b, iii]
Changes to surviving spouse’s contributions:
The Organization will not pay contributions for beneficiaries of a surviving spouse’s pension acquired after 1 January 2021. The total amount of the contribution will be payable by the surviving spouse. [Art. VII 2.03]
If a partial surviving spouse’s pension is acquired, the deceased Member’s reference salary used to calculate contributions (i.e. reference salary III) is reduced by the same proportion as the full rate surviving spouse’s pension, without taking account of the fact that the acquisition is partial. [Art. XII 1.03]
In this particular year, it is unfortunately not possible to hold the traditional congratulatory ceremony for our staff members who have reached 25 years of service. We extend our warmest thanks to the following 54 staff members for this milestone in their careers, and wish them the best of luck at CERN!
Dr. Benedikt Michael ATS-DO
Mr. Modena Michele ATS-DO
Dr. Bruning Oliver ATS-DO
Mr. Arduini Gianluigi BE-ABP
Ms. Pirotte Florence BE-ASR-SU
Mr. Schneider Gerhard BE-BI-ML
Mr. Peryt Maciej BE-CO-APS
Mr. Sowinski Piotr BE-CO-APS
Mr. Bau Jean-Claude BE-CO-HT
Mr. Havart Frederic BE-ICS-CSE
Mr. Martel Pedro BE-ICS-TI
Mr. Epting Uwe BE-ICS-TI
Mr. Haase Matthias BE-RF-IS
Dr. Vandoni Giovanna BE-RF-SRF
Mr. Pym John DG-TMC
Mr. Losito Roberto EN
Ms. Foraz Katy EN-ACE
Mr. Chemli Samy EN-ACE
Ms. Mallon Amerigo Sonia EN-ACE-AMM
Dr. Peon Guillermo EN-CV-GEM
Dr. Mathot Serge EN-MME-DI
Mr. Jones Mark EN-SMM-HPA
Dr. Di Mauro Antonio EP-AID-DT
Dr. Barney David EP-CMX
Dr. Gill Karl Aaron EP-CMX-DA
Dr. Capeans Garrido Maria EP-CMX-SCI
Mr. Lesenechal Yannick EP-DT-CO
Dr. Kluge Alexander EP-ESE-FE
Dr. Kloukinas Konstantinos EP-ESE-ME
Mr. Kaplon Jan EP-ESE-ME
Dr. Snoeys Walter EP-ESE-ME
Dr. Palestini Sandro EP-NU
Ms. Curdy Cecile HR-CB
Ms. Lara Arnaud Cristina IPT-PI-RI
Dr. Gillies James IR-SPE
Mr. Sallaz Eric IT-CF-FPP
Dr. Duellmann Dirk IT-SC
Dr. Desirelli Alberto PF-IN-QM
Ms. Boureau Anne PF-OP-ATT
Ms. Carvalho Correia Paula SMB-SSL
Mr. Grawer Gregor TE-ABT-EC
Dr. Bremer Johan TE-CRG-CI
Mr. Herblin Lionel TE-CRG-OP
Mr. Cravero Jean-Marc TE-EPC-FPC
Mr. Michels Olivier TE-EPC-HPC
Mr. Hudson Gregory TE-EPC-HPM
Mr. Coelingh Gert-Jan TE-MPE-EE
Dr. Bottura Luca TE-MSC
Mr. Parma Vittorio TE-MSC-CMI
Mr. Luzieux Sebastien TE-MSC-LMF
PROF. Garcia Perez Juan Jose TE-MSC-MM
Dr. Ballarino Amalia TE-MSC-SCD
Mr. Jacquemod Andre TE-MSC-SCD
Dr. Mangano Michelangelo TH-SP
Send colleagues, family and friends holiday greetings using the CERN e-card service.
This year, you can choose to send the official CERN e-card in English, French or in both languages. Please copy your preferred link into an email to send to your recipient:
You can also create your own personalised electronic cards by signing in with your CERN account on this site. Please note that this year's cards will only be available virtually and that no physical copies will be distributed.
For the fifth year running, CERN, the University of Geneva’s Scienscope and EPFL are joining forces to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. From 1 to 5 February 2021, female scientists and engineers will visit schools in the region to present their professions to students.
They will talk about their career history, their daily work and the projects and experiments in which they are involved, and may even give a short demonstration. The aim is to encourage young people to view scientific, technical and technological professions as being just as accessible to girls as to boys. And who knows, their speeches might even inspire some future career choices!
The Women and Girls in Science and Technology week has been hugely successful every year it has been held and comprised no fewer than 135 presentations in 2020! This is why we are always looking for more volunteer female scientists willing to give up a bit of their time to visit schools. So come and join the adventure by signing up by 6 January 2021.
COVID-19 information: We are closely following the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken at CERN and in Geneva and France. A decision as to whether or not the event can proceed will be taken in January 2021. Virtual presentations will be offered to teachers in the event of cancellation.
To sign up and find out more, see: http://cern.ch/fds-interne.
Thank you for volunteering!
The CERN shop, which is usually inundated at this time of year with visitors and people working at CERN, has been desolately empty since it closed its doors in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the team that manages the shop has now put in place a Click and Collect service for anyone with a CERN computer account. You can order from a selection of more than 40 articles on the new online platform, and choose a date and time to collect and pay for them (by card only) at the shop, located at the CERN Reception (Building 33).
Every possible measure has been taken to guarantee your safety and that of the shop staff.
Why not share the CERN spirit with your family and friends this holiday? Enjoy 10% off all orders until 12 noon on 18 December (discount applied at time of payment).
Take advantage of this special offer while you can! Go to: http://cern.ch/go/shop
“International Masterclasses” is a programme coordinated by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, which gives high school students in 60 countries the opportunity to be particle physicists for one day by analyzing real data from particle physics experiments with researchers.
In the Introductory Masterclasses, participants can try out data measurements from the Belle II e+e- collider experiment at KEK, the Darkside experiment at Gran Sasso, the MINERvA neutrino experiment at Fermilab or a Particle Therapy Masterclass, to gain the knowledge required to become a Masterclass tutor for high school students.
When: Tuesday, 1 December, at 13.30 and 14.15
Where: via Zoom
The online symposium “Re: View from Nowhere” will take place on Zoom on 26 November at 4 p.m. CET. It will investigate how physics – “the science in which we have achieved our greatest detachment from a specifically human perspective on the world” – can inform and inspire the practices of art, design and filmmaking. Artists, scientists, architects and researchers from a variety of backgrounds will share their unfiltered insights on the relationship between art and science, embracing their differences in approach and vocabulary.
The symposium is organised jointly by Arts at CERN, the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) master’s programme in space and communication, and Metahaven. Arts at CERN pioneers new ways of bringing together artists and scientists, guiding their conversations and supporting artistic creativity and curiosity around fundamental research. To this end, artists from all over the world are invited, through cultural programmes, to spend time at CERN and work alongside particle physicists and engineers. This symposium will be a forum in which to consider new cross-pollinations between science and art.
Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN
Erich Berger, artist, winner of Accelerate Finland/CERN
Michael Doser, senior scientist at CERN
Lukáš Likavčan, theorist and researcher
Blanca Pujals, architect and researcher
Tamara Vázquez Schröder, experimental physicist at the ATLAS experiment, CERN
Frequent power cuts will occur in the administrative area of the Meyrin site. The EN-EL group recommends that you turn off all your critical equipment and computer equipment.
For any further information please refer to the "note de coupure" and this map of the Meyrin site showing buildings affected by these power cuts.
The Library desk staff will be present in their office in case of need. A sign at the Library entrance will show the name and office of the person on duty. Our offices are in the corridor just around the corner in building 3. We are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can return books in the red box in the Library entrance. You may continue to borrow books: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the barcode (inside the book) to get your loan registered.
We thank you for your understanding and remain available to answer your questions.
Since the publication of the announcement "eBooks for all!” this summer, all volumes of the "Particle Physics Reference Library”, edited by Herwig Schopper, Chris Fabjan and Steve Myers, have been published. The reference library is a joint CERN-Springer initiative that provides revised and updated contributions based on previously published material in the well-known Landolt-Boernstein series on particle physics, detectors and accelerators (volumes 21A, B1, B2, C). Central to this new initiative is that the Particle Physics Reference Library is released in open access.
Readers worldwide have embraced the possibility to freely use the material. 50 000 chapter downloads have been recorded across the three volumes during the few weeks the books have been out.
Volume 1: Theory and Experiments
Volume 2: Detectors for Particles and Radiation
Volume 3: Accelerators and Colliders
Take a peek at the books before attending the virtual book presentation at 4 p.m. on 24 November 2020, when some of the editors and the chapter authors will meet the readers for an exchange and discussion – this time, you’ll have to bring your own coffee and cakes!
You can find more information on the event on Indico.