Director's Corner

Brexit and Linear Colliders

by Philip Burrows

The British voted to leave the European Union. What does that mean for science? Phil Burrows, professor at Oxford University and acting Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study in the Linear Collider Collaboration discusses the likely effects the “Brexit” will have for linear collider projects.



Better together: For the first time two technological prototypes of the high-granularity calorimeters for a future ILC detector tested together with particle beams at CERN in a combined mode.

Around the World

Tunnel visions for civil engineers

by Barbara Warmbein

A delegation from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers including its president took to Europe last month to have a look at civil engineering project for large science facilities. They visited CERN and DESY to look at past and current building projects, which they would use as a reference in case ILC is constructed in Japan.

Image of the week

Higgs anniversary pizza

The anniversary of the announcement of the Higgs discovery (which happened on 4 July 2012) was hard to miss at CERN this year. People braced waiting times of more than 30 minutes to have a taste of discovery: the specially created Higgs pizza! Two shoots of asparagus (proton beams) collide in the middle of the pizza to create a Higgs boson that then decays. For carnivores, the chorizo Higgs decays into two two high-energy photons made of salami alongside some charged ham and neutral olive particles; vegetarians ate the decay of a tomato Higgs into four pepper muons.

In the News

  • from Le Temps
    5 July 2016

    Des adeptes religieux américains de la théorie du complot avancent que le CERN, en testant une nouvelle expérience, dérègle la météo. C’est donc l’été, moins riche en actualités, et les médias de boulevard s’en donnent à cœur joie. Le projet en question, AWAKE, est lui bien réel et testé actuellement. Et surtout révolutionnaire!

  • from Kitakami Times
    30 June 2016

    The Iwate Industrial Research Institute(IIRI), an independent administrative agency that researches manufacturing technology for companies in the prefecture. The IIRI also offers consulting services, experiments by request, worker skills development, and rental of 3D printers and other advanced equipment. It is also a player in Iwate’s plan for the ILC: the IIRC is using its research to help local companies get involved with the construction of the facility.

  • from Europa Presse
    24 June 2016

    CLIC mediría 44 kilómetros y será una línea recta. La decisión de si construirlo o no se tomará hacia 2020 y hasta 2025 el CERN estará ocupado con el proyecto de mejora del LHC, así que el esfuerzo para desarrollar CLIC -de ser aprobado el proyecto- no empezaría hasta después de 2025. CLIC podría estar situado cerca del CERN, aunque la decisión está por tomar.

  • from Ichinoseki ILC Promotion Website
    22 June 2016

    Table of content:
    Elementary students create signs of support – Symposium held in lead up to G7 meeting in Sendai – Playing “karuta” and learning about the ILC – Illustrations and dioramas
    An ILC class at Higashiyama Elementary – Talking about the ILC at the City Council – Other news – Ichinoseki Lives Cosmopolitan (introduction of international residents in Ichinoseki) – Notices –

  • from Iwate Nippo
    14 June 2016

    斎藤教授は「ILCは科学が発展する施設。岩手が科学の最先端となり、人類を救う技術が生まれるかもしれない」と訴えた。(Professor Saito said, “The ILC is a place where science will progress. Iwate could be on the cutting edge of science, and technology that could save humanity might be developed.”)
    Read full translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website here.