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21 June 2002

Last year, CERN and its Council were confronted with evidence of a major funding shortfall for the completion of the LHC Project. In response, the Council asked the Director-General to propose a plan to redeploy CERN's resources. In parallel, the Council established an External Review Committee (ERC) under the chairmanship of Dr R. Aymar.

At its 122nd meeting on 21 June 2002, CERN's Council discussed both the report of the ERC and the Management's plans to redeploy 500 MCHF and CERN human resources to support the LHC Project.

CERN launches new cancer therapy initiative

The first meeting of a new European network for research in cancer therapy will be held at CERN1, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, on 12 and 13 February 2002. ENLIGHT2 – the European Network for Research in Light Ion Therapy – aims to coordinate the development of a variety of projects at European facilities for "light ion therapy" – a form of radiation therapy that uses beams of the nuclei of lightweight atoms.

Live webcast from Europe's leading Research Organisations

Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? Are we alone? These questions have always fascinated humanity and for more than 30 years, physicists, biologists, chemists, cosmologists and astronomers have worked tirelessly to answer these questions. And now this November via webcast, all the world will have the opportunity to see the latest on extraterrestrial life from the most prestigious research centers and how for the past three months, European students have had the chance to jump into the scientists' shoes and explore these questions for themselves.

Major Milestone for LHC Systems

It was all systems go for CERN*'s forthcoming particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), last week when a chain of prototype magnets was successfully operated for the first time at the full magnetic field needed to achieve the high energy of the LHC's particle beams. Known as String 2, the chain consists five superconducting magnets along with all the necessary cooling, powering, and safety systems. Its successful operation is a clear indication that the Laboratory is firmly on course to meet the LHC's exacting technical requirements.

CERN teams up with Leaders in Information Technology to build giant Data Grid

CERN*, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland announced today the creation of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. Three leading Information Technology firms: Enterasys Networks, Intel and KPNQwest have joined CERN to push forward this groundbreaking project in advanced distributed computing. Each company will invest 2.5 MCHF ($1.5M) over a period of 3 years to help CERN achieve its ambitious objectives.

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