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The CERN Alumni Network turns seven

Following the successful Third Collisions event in February, the Network will host a LinkedIn live event on 13 June to celebrate its seventh anniversary


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2024 is proving to be an exhilarating year for the CERN Alumni Network, which will turn seven on 8 June. Join the seventh-anniversary LinkedIn live on Thursday, 13 June to discover  the impactful work being carried out by its members and celebrate our shared achievements together.

The CERN Alumni Network, which boasts nearly 10 000 members, is an integral part of the CERN community as it enables alumni to keep in touch with the Organization and each other after leaving the Laboratory. Throughout the year, the Network organises events to connect with alumni and companies and it also offers career guidance and mentoring.

Between 9 and 11 February 2024, CERN witnessed the momentous gathering of just under 600 people for the Network’s triennial reunion, Third Collisions. This vibrant event served as a testament to the enduring camaraderie within the CERN community, providing a platform for alumni to reconnect and exchange ideas. From captivating keynote addresses to interactive panel discussions, participants explored a wide array of topics, showcasing the breadth of knowledge within the alumni network and its collective commitment to addressing global challenges. Recordings of many of the keynote talks and parallel sessions can be accessed on the Indico event page. One highlight of Third Collisions was the inclusion of the first careers fair, which provided a platform for companies to connect directly with alumni. Networking sessions and CERN Club activities further reinforced the sense of a CERN community at the event. Participants also had the privilege of exploring the newly inaugurated Science Gateway, which served as a fitting backdrop for discussions on cutting-edge research and innovation.

Third Collisions was more than just a reunion: it was a convergence of minds, ideas and experiences. Energised by new insights and connections, participants departed with a renewed sense of purpose and pride in belonging to the extraordinary CERN alumni community. Thanks to Third Collisions, several alumni have come forward to propose new regional groups. Reflecting on the event, one attendee remarked, "I am so proud to be part of such a thriving and inspiring community! All the trajectories of CERN's alumni are super interesting, and it felt like a big family get-together."

If you haven't joined the Network yet, now is the perfect time to do so. By becoming a member, you can expand your professional network, forge connections with individuals who share your CERN experience, participate in exciting events and showcase your ongoing endeavours to a community passionate about the groundbreaking work conducted at CERN. Don’t forget to join the LinkedIn live on 13 June to continue these celebrations and connect with this ever-growing community.

Watch highlights from the Third Collisions event below.