CERN: At cern updates https://home.cern/ en Closure of the inter-site access tunnel on 11 and 12 August from 7:00 to 12:00 https://home.cern/news/announcement/cern/closure-inter-site-access-tunnel-11-and-12-august-700-1200 <span>Closure of the inter-site access tunnel on 11 and 12 August from 7:00 to 12:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">SCE department</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/05/2021 - 09:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Due to maintenance work, the access through the inter-site tunnel will be closed to traffic on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 August 2021 from 07:00 to approximately 12:00.<br />  <br /> We thank you for your understanding and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.</p> </div> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 07:04:59 +0000 thortala 157721 at https://home.cern Vast project to consolidate CERN’s technical galleries gets under way https://home.cern/news/news/cern/vast-project-consolidate-cerns-technical-galleries-gets-under-way <span>Vast project to consolidate CERN’s technical galleries gets under way</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">Thomas Hortala</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/03/2021 - 09:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>CERN’s vast underground maze spans several hectares in France and Switzerland. In addition to the tunnels of the main accelerators, some 80 less well-known technical galleries are located underneath the Meyrin and Prévessin sites. They contain the infrastructure required to keep the sites and the accelerators running, other than the equipment directly related to the operation of the accelerators. This includes the cables and pipes connecting the various buildings and facilities, as well as heating systems and optical fibres. Following approval by the Finance Committee in 2020, a vast project to renovate this underground maze is now taking shape. The aim is to make the technical infrastructure more reliable and environmentally-friendly while improving on-site safety.</p> <p>The technical galleries, some of which are as old as the Organization itself, are sorely in need of renovation: the network has not been given a general overhaul since it was first built, so incidents could arise that compromise the systems’ functioning, such as water leaks. The consolidation project will prevent such problems and get the Organization in good shape for its future scientific endeavours.</p> <p>Once it had been decided which galleries required work, an inventory and 3D modelling campaign began in May 2021. From the access doors to the electrical circuits, the entire underground structure will be modelled by teams from the Site and Civil Engineering department (SCE) and the Engineering department (EN). In the words of the project leader, Sébastien Evrard: “When the project is completed, our knowledge and understanding of these galleries should be comparable to those of the accelerator caverns.”</p> <p>Preparing for the future means stripping away the past: once the galleries have been fully modelled, a lot of obsolete infrastructure will be removed and space will be optimised to make room for the equipment required to operate new facilities, such as the data processing centre whose construction on the Prévessin site will start in 2022. “These galleries are vital to all the current projects on the Meyrin and Prévessin sites,” explains Sébastien. No effort will be spared to guarantee the reliability of the galleries and the facilities that depend on them. While some of the infrastructure, such as the stainless steel pipes, will be reused, other components that are based on obsolete technologies or are in very poor condition will be completely replaced.</p> <figure class="cds-image" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-131-3"><a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-131-3" title="View on CDS"><img alt="home.cern,Civil Engineering and Infrastructure" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-131-3/file?size=large" /></a> <figcaption>Maps of the Meyrin and Prévessin sites showing the technical galleries in red<span> (Image: CERN)</span></figcaption></figure><p>The project, which has financing for an initial ten-year period, will inevitably cause some minor disruption in the vicinity of the buildings concerned (see map). But the teams involved, who come from almost all the CERN departments, are ahead of the game in taking steps to guarantee that essential services continue. To do so, they are carrying out two pilot schemes to assess their technical processes and their ability to keep the disruption to a minimum. The lessons learned will be applied across the project.</p> <p>The smooth running of the pilot projects around Buildings 376 and 860 bodes well for an effective and coordinated consolidation campaign. “I’m particularly pleased with the commitment shown by all the teams involved,” says Sébastien. “They’re working together to achieve an objective that’s important to all of us: preventing rather than coping with crises by guaranteeing the reliability of our facilities.” </p> </div> Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:52:52 +0000 thortala 157712 at https://home.cern Latvia becomes Associate Member State of CERN https://home.cern/news/news/cern/latvia-becomes-associate-member-state-cern <span>Latvia becomes Associate Member State of CERN</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/18835" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mailys</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/30/2021 - 09:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-list-cds field--type-cerncdsmedia field--label-hidden field--item"><figure class="cds-image" data-record-id="2777595" data-filename="202108-100%202" id="CERN-PHOTO-202108-100-2"> <a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-PHOTO-202108-100-2" title="View on CDS"> <img alt="Dr.sc.ing. Torims, representative of Latvia at CERN, Dr Muizniece, Minister for Eduction and Science of the Republic of Latvia, Dr Gianotti, Director-General of CERN, H.E. Mr Hasans, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative o" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-PHOTO-202108-100-2/file?size=medium"/> </a> <figcaption> Dr.sc.ing. Torims, representative of Latvia at CERN, Dr Muizniece, Minister for Eduction and Science of the Republic of Latvia, Dr Gianotti, Director-General of CERN, H.E. Mr Hasans, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the UNO and other international organisations in Geneva <span> (Image: CERN)</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today, the Republic of Latvia became an Associate Member State of CERN, following official notification that the country has completed its internal approval procedures in respect of the <a href="https://home.cern/news/press-release/cern/latvia-join-cern-associate-member-state">Agreement</a> granting it that status and has acceded to the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Organization.</p> <p>Latvia’s relations with CERN date back to the early 1990s, when the country’s leading research institutions started participating in activities ranging from accelerator and detector technology to robotics. In 1996, the country’s Institute of Electronics and Computer Science contributed to the Hadron Calorimeter of the <a href="https://home.cern/science/experiments/cms">CMS detector</a> at the <a href="https://home.cern/science/accelerators/large-hadron-collider">Large Hadron Collider</a> (LHC). The relationship with CERN later intensified with the conclusion of a Framework Collaboration Agreement between CERN and Riga Technical University in 2012 and a Cooperation Agreement between the Organization and the Government of Latvia in 2016. Latvian institutions were involved in the study group for the <a href="https://home.cern/science/accelerators/future-circular-collider">Future Circular Collider</a> in 2015 and in the CMS collaboration in 2017. Latvian scientists have also pursued PhD theses and project associateships at CERN.</p> <p>As an Associate Member State, Latvia is entitled to appoint representatives to attend meetings of the CERN Council and the Finance Committee. Its nationals are eligible to apply for limited-duration staff positions and fellowships, and its industry is entitled to bid for CERN contracts, increasing opportunities for industrial collaboration in advanced technologies.</p> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:30:05 +0000 mailys 157702 at https://home.cern Environmental awareness: Tackling waste management at CERN https://home.cern/news/news/cern/environmental-awareness-tackling-waste-management-cern <span>Environmental awareness: Tackling waste management at CERN</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/30/2021 - 15:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Organization’s activities generate both conventional and radioactive waste in quantities that vary yearly, depending on the type of activities performed (long shutdowns, dismantling projects, etc.). CERN is committed to limiting its waste production and to continuously improving its sorting and recycling.</p> <p>The majority of waste produced is non-hazardous. It mainly consists of metals, worksite waste, inert waste, household waste and wood. The non-radioactive hazardous waste generated at CERN consists of chemicals and their containers, batteries, printer cartridges, light bulbs and any type of material contaminated by hazardous substances.</p> <p>CERN has a centralised waste management system that oversees all conventional waste collection and transportation, as well as ensuring the traceability of waste leaving the Organization. The overall goal is that waste is managed safely and appropriately and presents no unacceptable risk to either people or the environment. In 2018, about 56% of all non-hazardous waste was recycled and CERN’s main objective is to increase this rate.</p> <p>CERN household waste is sent to a sorting centre, where the recyclable part is recovered. The remaining household waste is incinerated in the Cheneviers incineration plant, located in the Geneva canton, where the combustion of household waste produces energy (e.g. <a href="https://www.cadiom.ch/">CADIOM district heating</a>). Please see the graph below for more details about CERN’s conventional waste eliminated in 2018.</p> <figure class="cds-image" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-129-2"><a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-129-2" title="View on CDS"><img alt="home.cern" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-129-2/file?size=large" /></a> <figcaption> </figcaption></figure><p>Several initiatives to improve CERN’s conventional waste management have been introduced in the past few years. In 2019, an awareness campaign on restaurant and industrial waste was initiated by the Staff Association, in collaboration with the SCE department and the HSE unit. In 2020, the CERN Environmental Protection Steering Board (CEPS) launched a working group for conventional waste management that investigated various waste issues, such as traceability, reduction in the generation of conventional waste and consolidation of temporary storage areas. During the same year, the HSE unit released <a href="https://home.cern/news/official-news/cern/cern-has-new-centralised-chemical-database-ceres">a new web-based tool</a>, CERES, for centralising, sharing and ensuring total traceability of chemicals on CERN’s sites, as well as improving hazardous waste management practices.</p> <p>Radioactive waste is an unavoidable by-product of the interaction between particle beams and the materials in the accelerators. Most of the Organization’s radioactive waste is of very low activation. It consists, for example, of metallic components, cables and ventilation filters, and waste from maintenance and upgrade works. The dismantling of installations can also generate activated concrete from CERN’s underground infrastructures.</p> <p>Radioactive waste management has always been a high priority for CERN and radioactive waste minimisation is applied during the design, operation and decommissioning of CERN’s accelerators and experiments. In this regard, CERN has developed <a href="https://actiwiz-dev.web.cern.ch/">ActiWiz</a>, a software package that optimises the choice of materials during the construction of accelerator components, identifying and selecting the materials least susceptible to radiation.</p> <p>Reuse and recycling of radioactive material prior to its declaration as waste is encouraged, so far as reasonably and economically feasible. An example of this is the reuse of activated material as shielding in specific irradiation installations (e.g. beam dumps).</p> <p>Once reuse is no longer possible, activated materials are treated via a specific elimination process, overseen by <a href="https://hse.cern/content/radioactive-waste-management">HSE’s radioactive waste management team</a>. After the waste is received and categorised, it is treated in a dedicated state-of-the-art facility where it is dismantled, sorted, compacted and packaged according to the elimination pathway criteria. Radioactive waste is eliminated through existing pathways in the Host States, in accordance with the tripartite agreement established with France and Switzerland, both optimising its elimination and respecting the principle of fair share between the Host States.</p> <p>The next article in this series will go into more detail about CERN’s recycling. In the meantime, more information on the elimination pathways for conventional waste can be found on the SCE department’s dedicated <a href="https://smb-dep.web.cern.ch/en/Introduction-Waste">webpage</a> and in the <a href="https://hse.cern/environment-report-2017-2018/waste">CERN Environment Report 2017–2018</a>.</p> <p><em>_____</em></p> <p><em>This article is a part of the series “CERN’s Year of Environmental Awareness”.</em></p> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 13:47:11 +0000 thortala 157703 at https://home.cern CERN and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia announce the selected artists for the Connect and Connect South Africa residencies https://home.cern/news/news/cern/cern-and-swiss-arts-council-pro-helvetia-announce-selected-artists-connect-and <span>CERN and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia announce the selected artists for the Connect and Connect South Africa residencies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/31239" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gfabre</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/26/2021 - 10:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-list-cds field--type-cerncdsmedia field--label-hidden field--item"><figure class="cds-image" data-record-id="2776804" data-filename="connect-pressnote-final" id="OPEN-PHO-LIFE-2021-004-1"> <a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/OPEN-PHO-LIFE-2021-004-1" title="View on CDS"> <img alt="Selected artists for the Connect and Connect South Africa residencies 2021" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/OPEN-PHO-LIFE-2021-004-1/file?size=medium"/> </a> <figcaption> From left to right: Kamil Hassim, selected artist for Connect South Africa; AATB (Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet), selected artists for Connect; and Ian Purnell, selected artist for Connect South Africa (photo by Lena Ditte Nissen) <span> (Image: CERN)</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Arts at CERN and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia are pleased to announce the selected artists for the first edition of Connect, an international programme intended to foster experimentation in the arts in connection with fundamental science. Two fully funded artistic residencies are to be awarded in 2021: Connect, a three-month residency at CERN aimed at Swiss artists, awarded to the artistic collective AATB; and Connect South Africa, a dual residency for a Swiss artist and an artist from South, West or East Africa, awarded to the artists Ian Purnell and Kamil Hassim.</p> <p>Connect is a residency programme launched by Arts at CERN in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Over the next four years, Connect will open a series of artistic residency opportunities that will take place at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and at partner scientific organisations in various countries, such as Chile, South Africa, Brazil and India.</p> <p>“Space and time, black holes, the Standard Model of particle physics, cosmology concepts… these are some of the topics the selected artists are keen to explore during their residencies and I am eager to see how they will give them new form and meaning when they join the CERN community,” says Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN. “With Connect, I hope to offer artists a platform to bring forward new perspectives on the dialogue between art and science.”</p> <p>AATB, the collaborative practice of Swiss artists Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet, is dedicated to the idea of experimenting with industrial robotic systems and automation processes. With their project, they aim to explore representations of space and time using industrial robotic arms, bringing both small atomic events and massive cosmological events into a human-scale format. With CERN researchers, they hope to define a precise framework and ideas to later develop an art installation. AATB will spend two months at</p> <p>CERN, followed by a remote residency of one month in dialogue with scientists at CERN and with the curatorial support of the Arts at CERN team.</p> <p>The winners of Connect South Africa, the Swiss artist Ian Purnell and Kamil Hassim, a transdisciplinary artist from South Africa, will spend three weeks together at CERN, followed by five weeks in the group of astronomy observatories connected to the <a href="https://www.saao.ac.za/">South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)</a> and the <a href="https://www.sarao.ac.za/about/sarao/">South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)</a>. Ian Purnell works at the intersection of visual arts, documentary filmmaking and performing arts; in his project proposal titled The Black Hole Image, he aims to explore the visual concept of black holes and initiate a process of reflection on an alternative imaging of the universe. In his project proposal If Spacetime were a Canvas, South African Kamil Hassim intends to explore the Standard Model of particle physics, as well as Indigenous and diasporic South African spiritual and cosmological sensibilities and their relevance to the modern physics and astronomy research conducted by SARAO and SAAO. He aims to create resonant instruments that will serve to draw a connection between ancient wisdom and modern scientific knowledge.</p> <p>“We look forward to seeing how the two residencies will inspire dialogue and exchange between the selected artists and the scientists at CERN; and how it will ultimately lead to new ways of thinking and collaborating,” says Seraina Rohrer, head of the Innovation &amp; Society Sector at Pro Helvetia.</p> <p>Both residencies are expected to start between February and April 2022, depending on organisational and travel limitations due to the global health emergency.</p> <p><strong>Further information:</strong></p> <ul><li>Arts at CERN website: <a href="https://arts.cern">https://arts.cern</a></li> <li>Connect programme: <a href="https://arts.cern/programme/connect">https://arts.cern/programme/connect</a></li> <li>Connect on Pro Helvetia’s website: <a href="https://prohelvetia.ch/en/2021/04/connect-art-and-science/">https://prohelvetia.ch/en/2021/04/connect-art-and-science/</a></li> </ul><p><strong>About CERN</strong></p> <p>CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's leading laboratories for particle physics. The Organization is located on the French-Swiss border, with its headquarters in Geneva. Its Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Cyprus, Estonia and Slovenia are Associate Member States in the pre-stage to Membership. Croatia, India, Lithuania, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine are Associate Member States. The European Union, Japan, JINR, the Russian Federation, UNESCO and the United States of America currently have Observer status.</p> <p><strong>About Arts at CERN</strong></p> <p>Arts at CERN is the arts programme of CERN and the leading worldwide art programme fostering dialogue between artists and physicists. Artists across all artistic disciplines are welcomed to the Laboratory to experience the way the big questions about our universe are pursued by fundamental science. Arts at CERN supports the artists in the research and exploration of new ideas in relation to science, through annual residencies and the production of new work, through the programme of new commissions and through exhibitions and events in collaboration with cultural partners.</p> <p><strong>About Pro Helvetia</strong></p> <p>The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has been working at the heart of the Swiss and international cultural scene since 1939. It fosters contemporary art production in Switzerland and helps disseminate and promote Swiss arts at home and abroad. The Arts Council also contributes to national and international cultural exchange and to innovation in the field of cultural promotion. Pro Helvetia has its head office in Zurich and maintains an international network abroad with liaison offices in Johannesburg, Cairo, Moscow, New Delhi, Shanghai and South America and the Centre culturel suisse in Paris</p> </div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:50:05 +0000 gfabre 157683 at https://home.cern Steven Weinberg (1933 – 2021) https://home.cern/news/obituary/cern/steven-weinberg-1933-2021 <span>Steven Weinberg (1933 – 2021)</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Steven Weinberg, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time, passed away on 23 July, aged 88. He revolutionised particle physics, quantum field theory and cosmology with conceptual breakthroughs which still form the foundation of our understanding of physical reality.</p> <p>Weinberg is well known for the unified theory of weak and electromagnetic forces, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1979, shared with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam, and led to the prediction of the Z and W vector bosons, later discovered at CERN in 1983. His breakthrough was the realisation that some new theoretical ideas, initially believed to play a role in the description of nuclear strong interactions, could instead explain the nature of the weak force. “Then it suddenly occurred to me that this was a perfectly good sort of theory, but I was applying it to the wrong kind of interaction. The right place to apply these ideas was not to the strong interactions, but to the weak and electromagnetic interactions,” as he later recalled. With his work, Weinberg had made the next step in the unification of physical laws, after Newton understood that the motion of apples on Earth and planets in the sky are governed by the same gravitational force, and Maxwell understood that electric and magnetic phenomena are the expression of a single force.</p> <p>In his research, Weinberg always focused on an overarching vision of physics and not on a model description of any single phenomenon. At a lunch among theorists, when a colleague referred to him as a model builder, he jokingly retorted: “I am not a model builder. In my life, I have built only <em>one</em> model”. Indeed, Weinberg’s greatest legacy is his visionary approach to vast areas of physics, in which he starts from complex theoretical concepts, reinterprets them in original ways, and applies them to the description of the physical world. A good example is his construction of effective field theories, which are still today the basic tool to understand the Standard Model of particle interactions. His inimitable way of thinking has been the inspiration and guidance for generations of physicists and it will certainly continue to serve future generations.</p> <p>Steven Weinberg is among the very few individuals who, during the course of the history of civilisation, have radically changed the way we look at the universe.</p> <p><strong>Gian Giudice</strong> <em>CERN</em></p> <p><em>A full obituary will appear later in the year in the <a href="https://cerncourier.com">CERN Courier</a>.</em></p> </div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:57:01 +0000 thortala 157685 at https://home.cern Privacy corner: A supervisory authority for data privacy matters at CERN https://home.cern/news/news/cern/privacy-corner-supervisory-authority-data-privacy-matters-cern <span>Privacy corner: A supervisory authority for data privacy matters at CERN</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">Office of Data Privacy</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Operational Circular No. 11, entitled “The processing of personal data at CERN” (OC 11) entered into force on 1 January 2019 and was the first major step to update the rules and processes of the Organization concerning the processing of personal data.</p> <p>The <a href="https://home.cern/news/official-news/cern/two-annexes-operational-circular-no-11-processing-personal-data-cern?utm_source=Bulletin&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_content=2021-07-08E&amp;utm_campaign=BulletinEmail">two new OC 11 annexes</a>, which have now been introduced, establish the Data Protection Commission (DPC) – CERN’s independent supervisory authority in matters of data protection.</p> <p>The DPC’s mandate is to monitor CERN’s compliance with OC 11, to ensure the application of OC 11 and, in particular, of data subject rights, and to evaluate and investigate complaints lodged by data subjects, regardless of their connection to CERN.</p> <p>This is in line with best practices in the Member States and other intergovernmental organisations and aims to provide assurance to individuals and partners that personal data is always handled with due care and respect.</p> <p>The DPC will be composed of three external data protection experts, recommended collectively by representatives of the Director-General, the Staff Association and the Office of Data Privacy for nomination by the Director-General. The next step will be the recruitment of the DPC’s members, so that, hopefully by the beginning of 2022, the DPC can commence its work at CERN.</p> <p>If you are interested in learning more about CERN’s supervisory authority, an <a href="https://privacy.web.cern.ch/news/news/all-you-need-know-about-cerns-supervisory-authority-data-protection-commission">article</a> on the Privacy web site provides a deeper insight.</p> </div> Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:12:45 +0000 thortala 157674 at https://home.cern COVID-19 and heatwaves https://home.cern/news/announcement/cern/covid-19-and-heatwaves <span>COVID-19 and heatwaves</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">Medical Service</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">anschaef</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/20/2021 - 14:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-list-cds field--type-cerncdsmedia field--label-hidden field--item"><figure class="cds-image" data-record-id="2776309" data-filename="8-Repères-Clés-Canicule_COVID19-EN_2021" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3"> <a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3" title="View on CDS"> <img alt="Heatwave during COVID-19" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3/file?size=large"/> </a> <figcaption> <span> (Image: CERN)</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Summer is here, with a heatwave perhaps on the horizon. Unfortunately, the virus responsible for COVID-19 is still circulating. Here are a few tips for coping with the heat whilst avoiding the risk of it contributing to the spread of the virus:</p> <figure class="cds-image" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3"><a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3" title="View on CDS"><img alt="home.cern" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-122-3/file?size=large" /></a> <figcaption><span>(Image: CERN)</span></figcaption></figure></div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:20:00 +0000 anschaef 157653 at https://home.cern Electric scooters and bicycles available from CERN’s Mobility Centre https://home.cern/news/announcement/cern/electric-scooters-and-bicycles-available-cerns-mobility-centre <span>Electric scooters and bicycles available from CERN’s Mobility Centre </span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">SCE department</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/151" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">anschaef</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/21/2021 - 16:29</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-list-cds field--type-cerncdsmedia field--label-hidden field--item"><figure class="cds-image" data-record-id="2776412" data-filename="MOBILITY_POSTER_2021-page-001" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1"> <a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1" title="View on CDS"> <img alt="Trottinettes et vélos électriques au Centre de mobilité du CERN" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1/file?size=large"/> </a> <figcaption> <span> (Image: CERN)</span> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><figure class="cds-image align-right" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1"><a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1" title="View on CDS"><img alt="home.cern,Life at CERN" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-1/file?size=large" /></a><figcaption><span>(Image: CERN)</span></figcaption></figure><p>CERN has committed to a general policy geared towards protecting the environment and developing technologies to minimise the Laboratory’s impact on the climate and the local area.</p> <p>In this framework, the Mobility Centre has launched a pilot scheme for the deployment of electric scooters and bicycles. The scheme will be operated in partnership with Urban Connect, which will provide the mobile app. To find out more, consult <a class="bulletin" href="https://edms.cern.ch/ui/#!master/navigator/document?D:100912393:100912393:subDocs">the terms and conditions</a> or go to the <a class="bulletin" href="https://smb-dep.web.cern.ch/en/node/13922">Bike Sharing website</a>.</p> <p>The 10 scooters and 30 bicycles, which supplement the traditional bicycles already available, can be easily reserved using the Urban Connect app and can be picked up on the Meyrin and Prévessin sites. They are available free of charge for use on the CERN sites and between stations during CERN’s opening hours.</p> <p><strong>They may not be taken outside CERN</strong>, and any user going beyond the authorised perimeter will receive a notification. Each scooter and bike is equipped with IoT technology that allows it to be located and a maintenance record to be kept.</p> <p>Charging stations are available at each collection point to ensure that the whole fleet is continuously operational. The necessary safety and security accessories, including helmets, antitheft devices and fluorescent jackets, are also provided.</p> <p>We encourage as many of you as possible to make use of this pilot scheme and enjoy the benefits of environmentally friendly transport.</p> <figure class="cds-image" id="CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-2"><a href="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-2" title="View on CDS"><img alt="home.cern" src="//cds.cern.ch/images/CERN-HOMEWEB-PHO-2021-125-2/file?size=large" /></a> <figcaption><span>(Image: CERN)</span></figcaption></figure></div> Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:29:51 +0000 anschaef 157659 at https://home.cern Getting back to a diverse physics programme after LS2 https://home.cern/news/opinion/cern/getting-back-diverse-physics-programme-after-ls2 <span>Getting back to a diverse physics programme after LS2</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-byline field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item">Manfred Krammer</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/21331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">thortala</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/20/2021 - 15:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-p-news-display-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) is back in operation after close to three years of intense maintenance and upgrades. With this milestone behind us, and with only the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) left to restart, it is hard not to be excited about getting back to physics after LS2.</p> <p>The SPS is the last link in the chain supplying the LHC with beams but, like the Booster and the PS, it is host to a vibrant and diverse research programme in its own right. The Booster feeds ISOLDE, the PS feeds the East Area, n-ToF and the AD, while the SPS’s 450 GeV protons fill the beamlines of the North Area, HiRadMat and AWAKE. The restart of the injection chain is bringing the diversity of physics at CERN back to life, and this is what I wish to celebrate here.</p> <p>It is a widely acknowledged truth at CERN that colliders cannot bring all the answers to the intricate and wide-ranging questions of physics, from the internal dynamics of protons to matter-antimatter asymmetry. That is why the Organization has made a point of developing and fostering experiments that rely on different methods, grouped within the “Physics Beyond Colliders” (PBC) programme, of which the North Area is the centrepiece. North Area beamlines supply a range of particles to a range of fixed-target experiments, which share the Prévessin site with the CERN Neutrino Platform and the control centre of the AMS experiment on the International Space Station.</p> <p>From the pioneering NA1 spectrometer, which initially studied hadron fragmentation, all the way – 63 experiments later – to NA64, which studies the dark sector, the North Area’s rich physics programme has given CERN and the world an abundance of results. Over the years, the NA experiments have brought us the first attempts to study quark-gluon plasma, the first evidence of direct charge-parity (CP) violation and a strong understanding of the internal dynamics of protons and neutrons. Most recently, the NA64 experiment has <a href="https://home.cern/news/news/physics/na64-casts-light-dark-photons">set firm limits on the interaction between photons and their hypothetical dark counterparts</a>.</p> <p>Visiting the North Area can feel like entering a maze of concrete blocks, magnets and cranes. But this seemingly chaotic arrangement is only the reflection of the multiplicity and diversity of the experiments, which use different methods to observe numerous rare phenomena. There lies the strength of the North Area. This tradition of multiplying strategies to solve the riddles of physics is being perpetuated through the upgrade of long-standing experiments and the setting-up of new ones, opening horizons for various fields of research. The kaon-focused NA62 experiment will benefit from the optimisation of the SPS beamline, which was conducted in 2020, while new experiments, such as <a href="https://home.cern/news/news/physics/meet-amber">AMBER</a> (the successor to COMPASS) and NA64++, which will study dark-sector physics, are being geared towards installation.</p> <p>Moving towards this new generation of experiments and ensuring that the existing ones operate under optimal conditions offers mouth-watering perspectives for dark matter hunters, quantum chromodynamics specialists and so many other CERN users. None of those future achievements would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of those who contributed one way or another to the works carried out during LS2, whom I wish to warmly thank. Here’s to many more years of physics beyond colliders at CERN!</p> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:31:49 +0000 thortala 157656 at https://home.cern