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Big science teams up with big business to kick-start European cloud computing

Geneva, 1 March 2012. Today a consortium of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s biggest research centres (CERN1, EMBL2 and ESA3) announced a partnership to launch a European cloud computing platform. "Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud", will support the massive IT requirements of European scientists, and become available to governmental organisations and industry after an initial pilot phase.

Geneva conference to bring benefits of basic research to medicine

Geneva, 20 February 2012. A new kind of conference will be launched next week in Geneva, uniting physics, biology and medicine for better healthcare. Starting on 27 February, the ICTR-PHE conference brings together the long established International Conference on Translational Research in Radiation Oncology, which has been held every three years from 2000, with CERN1’s Physics for Health workshop, which was launched in 2010.

LHC to run at 4 TeV per beam in 2012

Geneva, 13 February 2012. CERN1 today announced that the LHC will run with a beam energy of 4 TeV this year, 0.5 TeV higher than in 2010 and 2011. This decision was taken by CERN management following the annual performance workshop held in Chamonix last week and a report delivered today by the external CERN Machine Advisory Committee (CMAC). It is accompanied by a strategy to optimise LHC running to deliver the maximum possible amount of data in 2012 before the LHC goes into a long shutdown to prepare for higher energy running.

Serbia set to become Associate Member State of CERN

Geneva, 16 December 2011. At its 161st meeting at CERN1 today, the CERN Council unanimously voted to admit the Republic of Serbia to Associate Membership as the pre-stage to Membership of CERN. This status will come into force following signature of the related Agreement by the two parties and notification to CERN of ratification by the Serbian Parliament. This development was warmly received by all delegations in Council.

European particle physics plots course for the future

Geneva, 15 December 2011. CERN1 Council today announced an Open Symposium to be held on 10-13 September 2012 at Cracow, Poland for the purpose of updating the European Strategy for Particle Physics. Council adopted Europe’s current strategy for the field in July 2006 with an understanding that it be brought up to date at appropriate intervals of typically five years.

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status

Geneva, 13 December 2011. In a seminar held at CERN1 today, the ATLAS2 and CMS3 experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs.

CERN has 2020 vision for LHC upgrade

Geneva, 16 November 2011. CERN1 today kicked off the High Luminosity LHC study with a workshop bringing together scientists and engineers from some 14 European institutions, supported through the European Commission’s seventh Framework programme (FP7), along with others from Japan and the USA. The goal is to prepare the ground for an LHC luminosity upgrade scheduled for around 2020.

LHC proton run for 2011 reaches successful conclusion

Geneva, 31 October 2011. After some 180 days of running and four hundred trillion (4x1014) proton proton collisions, the LHC’s 2011 proton run came to an end at 5.15pm yesterday evening. For the second year running, the LHC team has largely surpassed its operational objectives, steadily increasing the rate at which the LHC has delivered data to the experiments.

CERN, ESS, and ERF organize the first international workshop on better energy management for Big Science

Lund, 13 October 2011. For the first time, international experts on energy and representatives from large-scale laboratories are getting together to explore new ideas on energy management, identify best practices and implement ways of effective collaboration. This community meets today in Lund, Sweden, at the European Spallation Source (ESS) for a 2-day workshop co-organized by CERN1, ESS and the European Association of National Research Facilities (ERF).

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