The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 300 million to finance the final phase of construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN1, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The EIB loan will also help to finance the instrumentation to record and analyse the high-energy particle collisions at the LHC. A loan to enable construction of this major project was foreseen by CERN's governing Council when it approved the LHC in 1996.
Press releases 2002
The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 123rd session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin. The election of the next Director General, the Baseline Plan for 2003-2010 and a new status for non-European states were among the items agreed.
The European DataGrid (EDG)1 project has taken a major step towards making the concept of a world-wide computing Grid a reality. Its latest release of middleware – the software that makes a Grid of computers work together seamlessly – will support production quality Grid computing. Markus Schulz, one of the chief software developers at CERN2, explains, "This release will take the EDG project from the laboratory bench into the real world".
CERN1 is one of seven of Europe's leading international research organizations that have got together to produce an exhibition for the EU conference "European Research 2002 Ð The European Research Area and the Framework Programme" to be held at the Palais du Heysel in Brussels on 11-13 November.
Visit http://www.cern.ch/sci-tech on 7 - 8 November to find out what modern Europeans can't live without. Seven of Europe's leading Research Organizations1 are presenting three live Webcasts from CERN2 in a joint outreach programme for the European Science and Technology Week. The aim of Sci-Tech… couldn't be without it! is to show how today's society couldn't be without cutting-edge scientific research.