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A step forward for open access publishing

Geneva, 14 December 2005. A landmark decision has been reached on the future direction of scientific publishing. At a meeting hosted by CERN1 on 7-8 December, representatives of several major physics publishers, European particle physics laboratories, learned societies, funding agencies and authors from Europe and the US, came together for the first time to promote open access publishing. Among the results of the meeting was the formation of a task force mandated to bring about action by 2007.

Beyond Einstein

Geneva, 18 November 2005. CERN1 and the World Year of Physics International Steering Committee are partnering with some of the world's leading physics laboratories, science museums and technology partners to present a twelve-hour live webcast to celebrate Einstein and look beyond the World Year of Physics 2005.

CERN demonstrates commitment to goals of the World Summit for the Information Society

Geneva, 17 November 2005. Speaking today to international delegates meeting in Tunis for the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), CERN1 Director-General Robert Aymar highlighted some of the important achievements that CERN has contributed to since the first summit in Geneva in 2003. At the first summit, CERN worked actively to ensure that the fundamental role of science and technology in the information society was acknowledged in the agenda of the WSIS.

CERN awarded high-performance computing prize at Supercomputing 2005

Geneva, 16 November 2005. CERN1 has received the High Performance Computing (HPC) Public Awareness Award at a ceremony at Supercomputing 2005 in Seattle this week. Supercomputing 2005 is the foremost international conference for HPC. The award was presented by HPCwire, the leading HPC publication, as one of their 2005 Editors' Choice Awards, a category where the winner is determined by a panel of recognized HPC luminaries and contributing editors from industry.

Setting the stage for science in schools

Geneva, 10 November 2005 - How can you weigh the Earth with a straw, a paperclip and a piece of thread? Why don’t we really know what we see? How can a juggling act explain mathematics?

These are but a few of the on-stage activities that will be shown at the EIROforum1 Science on Stage Festival, to be held from 21 to 25 November at CERN2 in Geneva (Switzerland). With support from the European Commission, this international festival brings together around 500 science educators from 29 European countries to show how fascinating and entertaining science can be.

Global e-Infrastructure reports landmark results at European conference

Geneva, 28 October 2005. Today marked the completion of a major conference organized by the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project, which is coordinated by CERN1 and co-funded by the European Commission, where a number of key results were reported on the road to achieving a global Grid infrastructure for science. It was announced at the conference that the EGEE infrastructure, which spans over 150 sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia, had surpassed 2 million computing jobs, or the equivalent of over 1000 years of processing on a single PC.

ICALEPCS 2005: Experts in experimental-physics controls meet in Geneva

Geneva, 7 October 2005. From 10 – 15 October, CERN1, and the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas (CRPP) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will be hosting ICALEPCS 2005, the 10th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems, at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG).

CERN receives prestigious Milestone recognition from IEEE

Geneva, 27 September 2005. At a ceremony last night at CERN1, Mr W. Cleon Anderson, President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)2 formally dedicated a Milestone plaque in recognition of the invention of electronic particle detectors at CERN. The plaque was unveiled by Mr Anderson and Georges Charpak, the Nobel-prize winning inventor of wire chamber technology at CERN in 1968.

CERN/ITU/UNU help build momentum for African research and education networking

Geneva, 22 September 2005. As part of efforts to implement the outcome of the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva in 2003, the United Nations University (UNU1) in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU2) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN3) will hold an International Workshop on African Research and Education Networking to promote scientific cooperation with and within Africa, through the development of networking infrastructure.

Magnetic manoeuvres at CERN

Geneva, 25 August 2005. Important milestones have been successfully reached today in the installation of the two largest magnets ever built for experiments at CERN1. At one side of the 27 km ring of the future Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 230 tonne solenoid magnet for the CMS experiment has been rotated through 90° prior to insertion into its cryostat – the jacket that will cool the magnet to 4.2 K (-269° C).

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