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Geneva, 31 March 2005. CERN1 confirms its commitment to open access to scientific information. At a meeting last Wednesday, the Organization's executive committee endorsed a policy of open access to all the laboratory's results, as expressed in the document ‘Continuing CERN action on Open Access’ (pdf), released by its Scientific Information Policy Board (SIPB) earlier in the month.
Geneva, 15 March 2005 – Today, the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (LCG) project announced that the computing Grid it is operating now includes more than 100 sites in 31 countries. This makes it the world's largest international scientific Grid. This Grid is being established in order to deal with the anticipated huge computing needs of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), currently being built at CERN1 near Geneva, Switzerland. The sites participating in the LCG project2 are primarily universities and research laboratories.
The first superconducting magnet for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was lowered into the accelerator tunnel at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 7th March. This is the first of the 1232 dipole magnets for the future collider, which measures 27 km in circumference and is scheduled to be commissioned in 2007. The date was thus a key one for CERN1 since the delivery of the 15 metre long dipole magnet weighing 35 tonnes to its final location marks the start of LHC installation.
Geneva, 13 January 2005. Results from experiments at CERN1 and the Jyväskylä Accelerator Laboratory in Finland, reported in Nature2 today, cast new light on the primary reaction that creates carbon in stars. All the carbon in the Universe, including that needed for carbon-based life forms such as ourselves, has been made in the hearts of stars through what is known as the "triple alpha reaction".
Geneva, 17 December 2004. Speaking at the 131st session of CERN1 Council today, the Organization's Director General, Robert Aymar, confirmed that the top priority is to maintain the goal of starting up CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2007.
Geneva and Rome, 1 December 2004. In the presence of Minister Letizia Moratti, CERN1 Director General, Robert Aymar has presented the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics2 (INFN) with an award to recognize its contributions to developing computational Grids, and its pioneering efforts to establish and promote Grid technology at the national level and in Europe.
Geneva, 14 October 2004. On 19 October, CERN1's 50th anniversary celebrations reach a climax with a ceremony to be attended by Heads of State, along with representatives of the governments of all the Organization's Member States and Observers.
Journalists are welcome to attend the event, but accreditation is necessary in advance.
Geneva, 12 October 2004. On 16 October, CERN1 throws open its doors to the world for the most ambitious public open day in the Organization's history. This is one of several events to be held in Geneva in October marking the 50th anniversary of the world's largest particle physics laboratory.
The CERN Open Day is the highlight of the Organization's 50th anniversary celebrations for the public. Some 50 sites and activities have been prepared to give a complete picture of life at the world's leading fundamental physics research centre.
Geneva, 6 October 2004. On 21-23 October 2004, following a proposal from the administration of the Canton of Geneva, CERN1 will host the EnviroInfo 2004 Conference as part of the programme of events celebrating the Organization's 50th anniversary.