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Italian Minister of Science visits CERN and opens industrial exhibition

 Luigi Berlinguer visits CERN


Geneva, 19 November 1996. On 19 November 1996 H.E. Professor Luigi Berlinguer, Italy's Minister for Universities and of Scientific and Technological Research opened the seventh "Italy at CERN* " exhibition. The Minister was accompanied by Ambassador Giuseppe Baldocci, the Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission in Geneva. CERN's Director-General, Prof. Christopher Llewellyn Smith welcomed the Minister, and expressed appreciation of Italian contribution to the field of particle physics : "Italy is the major scientific user at CERN and has always played a leading role in particle physics". He praised the high quality of research carried out by Italian physics laboratories, and mentioned the exemplary organisation, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). In his inaugural speech Prof. Berlinguer reaffirms the Member States' strong and unanimous support for the Large Hadron Collider programme saying : "I would like to underline the importance of CERN's Member States' wish to complete the LHC project in a single stage by 2005, which reinforces the confidence that the Member States, including Italy, have in CERN."


Twenty hi-tech companies are presenting their products at CERN from 19 to 22 November 1996. The exhibition offers companies from Italy the opportunity to display their products in fields of immediate importance to the scientists, engineers and technicians working at CERN, and also to scientists from non-Member States who take part in research projects at CERN. The range of products covers a wide area: superconducting magnets, small and precision-machined mechanical components, heavy mechanical components, electronics sensors, electrical and mechanical instrumentation, cryogenics, high vacuum systems and various other scientific systems and instruments. The "Italy at CERN" week has been organised by the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade.

CERN is one of the most prestigious centres for fundamental research in the world, where European countries have brought together their scientists to build unique machines, specially designed for research in elementary particle physics. CERN's complex technological needs act as a catalyst in stimulating industrial progress in Europe. Due to the high quality of their products and a dynamic business policy, many Italian companies played an important part in the construction of the Large Electron-Positron collider (LEP). More recently Italian companies have been involved in upgrading the accelerator, LEP2, doubling the energy of the particle beams.

CERN is preparing a new project of unparalleled importance, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will bring protons into collision to create the same energy conditions that existed only 10-12 of a second after the birth of our Universe in the Big Bang. Preparations for the LHC have already created an important scientific momentum and Italy strongly supports the initiative. CERN needs the most sophisticated technology to construct the LHC, for instance, in the fields of superconductivity, cryogenics and electronics. The "Italy at CERN" exhibition will allow Italian industry to demonstrate their willingness to contribute to this extremely important project which will enable European scientists to continue to play a major role in the research on the structure of matter.


  • 02 CAEN S.p.A.
  • 03 C.S.C. Costruzioni Saldate Collaudate S.p.A.
  • 04 CASTELLINI Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.
  • 05 CINEL Strumenti Scientifici S.r.L.
  • 06 DIMENSIONE S.p.A.
  • 08 L.L.S. Lavorazioni Leghe Speciali
  • 09 LABEN S.p.A.
  • 12 O.C.E.M. S.p.A.
  • 13 OLIVETTI S.p.A.
  • 14 ORSI Automazione S.p.A.
  • 15 RIVOIRA S.p.A.
  • 16 SAES GETTERS S.p.A.
  • 17 SERNOVA S.r.l.
  • 18 S.I.A. Società Italiana Avionica S.p.A.
  • 19 SILENA S.p.A.
  • 20 VARIAN S.p.A.

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1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Israel is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status.