Geneva, 18 March 2014. CERN1 is celebrating 60 years of science for peace in 2014, with events at the Organization’s Geneva laboratory and in its Members States. Festivities will focus on two key events. The first is on 1 July at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, where the Organization’s 12 founding members established the CERN Convention on 1 July 1953. The second marks CERN’s 60th birthday, 29 September, the date on which the Convention was ratified 60 years ago and the Organization formally came into existence. It will be celebrated in Geneva.
Geneva, 13 March 2014. CERN1 is to host the CineGlobe International Film Festival from 18 to 23 March at the Globe of Science and Innovation in Meyrin. This 4th edition will present 66 short films inspired by science in competition, including fiction films and documentaries.
Selected from a long list of over 1600 short films from 97 countries, all the films have one thing in common – they tell stories inspired by science and technology. A jury composed of scientists, artists and filmmakers will award prizes for the best films screened during the festival.
Geneva, 10 March 2014. Each year in spring, research institutes and universities around the world invite students and their teachers for a day-long programme to experience life at the forefront of basic research. These International Masterclasses give students the opportunity to be particle physicists for a day by analysing real data from CERN1’s Large Hadron Collider, the LHC. This year’s edition will attract more than 10,000 high-school students from 40 countries2, celebrating the 10th edition of the initiative between 12 March and 12 April 2014.
Geneva, 6 February 2014. Particle physics takes the long-term view. Originally conceived in the 1980s, the LHC took another 25 years to come into being. This accelerator, which is unlike any other, is just at the start of a programme which is expected to run for another 20 years. Even now, as consolidation work aimed at a restart in 2015 continues, detailed plans are being hatched for a large-scale upgrade to increase luminosity and thereby exploit the LHC to its full potential. The HL (High Luminosity) LHC is CERN1’s number-one priority and will increase the number of collisions accumulated in the experiments by a factor of ten from 2024 onwards.
Geneva, 21 January 2014. The ASACUSA1 experiment at CERN2 has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the ASACUSA collaboration reports the unambiguous detection of 80 antihydrogen atoms 2.7 metres downstream of their production, where the perturbing influence of the magnetic fields used initially to produce the antiatoms is small. This result is a significant step towards precise hyperfine spectroscopy of antihydrogen atoms.