Civil engineering for CERN1's next major particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), got the green light from France last week when Prime Minister Lionel Jospin signed the decree allowing work to commence. This important landmark for the laboratory, situated on the Franco-Swiss border, comes after a long and painstaking study of the environmental impact of the project and follows Swiss approval earlier this year.
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The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 19 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 110th session on 19 June under the chairmanship of Dr. Hans C. Eschelbacher (DE).
Japan's Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbusho), has announced, subject to approval by the Diet, a further contribution of 5 billion Yen (approximately 56 million Swiss francs) for the construction of the LHC. This generous gesture reinforces the excellent relations that have been established between CERN1 and Japan. In May 1995 Japan made a first contribution of 5 billion Yen to the LHC project and was granted Observer status at CERN in June 1995.
Antonio Rodotà, Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA) visited CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics on Thursday, 7 May. He was welcomed by CERN Director-General Chris Llewellyn Smith, together with his designated successor, Luciano Maiani.
After fruitful discussions the Directors-General agreed on the creation of working groups to study and propose systematic joint activities to be conducted on a regular basis between the two organizations.
CERN1 Council announced at its meeting on 19 December 1997, the election of Prof. Luciano Maiani as the next Director General of the Organisation. Prof. Maiani will take office as from 1 January 1999, replacing Prof. Llewellyn Smith who will have completed his 5 year mandate.
The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 19 Member States of the organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 109th session on 19 December under the chairmanship of Paul Levaux (BE).
U.S. and European officials today signed an agreement for U.S. participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator under construction near Geneva, Switzerland. When completed in 2005, the 27-kilometre circumference accelerator will be the most powerful in the world.
The World-Wide Web, medical imaging, advanced electronic chip design. These are just a few recent results of fundamental research at the World's leading laboratory for particle physics, CERN*, in Geneva. Although the Laboratory's mission is pure science, the tools of the trade, particle accelerators and detectors, push the bounds of technology to their limits and beyond. The result is practical advances which benefit everyone.
Greece, one of CERN1's founding Member States, inaugurated its first Industrial Exhibition at the Meyrin site on Tuesday, 14 October. After a meeting with CERN's Director General, Professor Christopher Llewellyn Smith, Professor Emmanuel Frangoulis, the General Secretary of the Greek Ministry of Industry, accompanied by Prof Emmanuel Floratos, Greek delegate to CERN council visited the DELPHI experiment on the LEP collider, guided by Andromachi Tsirou, a Greek physicist.
The work of CERN1, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, is to understand how matter behaves. What are the ultimate constituents of the Universe? Where do they come from? How do they all hold together? These exciting questions have been asked by each successive civilisation and it is the responsibility of scientists to communicate clearly the research which is carried out to further our understanding.