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The INSPIRE team is glad to announce that the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) has joined the INSPIRE collaboration. IN2P3 is the sixth institute to contribute to this global effort at the service of the worldwide High-Energy Physics community, alongside CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP and SLAC. IN2P3 is one of the Read More →

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July 1960 – Soviet visitors arrive at CERN

Following CERN’s decision in 1959 to welcome Soviet scientists, the first long-term visitors from beyond the iron curtain arrived on 18 July 1960 for a stay of six months.


Vladimir Meshcheryakov and Rostislav Ryndin, from the Theoretical Physics Laboratory in Dubna, joined CERN’s Theoretical Studies Division, where they continued to work on projects begun in the USSR, while experimentalist Yuri Sherbakov, also from Dubna, assisted in running the 600 MeV synchro-cyclotron. See the July 1960 CERN Courier  for more details.

Inspire news

Following the release of the new INSPIRE beta literature search and author profiles, we are pleased to announce the release of the new INSPIRE beta jobs! We have upgraded our job submission forms, and added new features that will make it smoother for users to review and edit their job postings – all of this Read More →

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May 1971 – Inauguration of Gargamelle

CERN’s Gargamelle bubble chamber was inaugurated on 7 May 1971. The giantess (named after the mother of Gargantua, in François Rabelais’ The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel) was 4.8 metres long by 2 metres in diameter, and weighed 1,000 tonnes.


Almost half a century later, some of the pictures showing the trails of bubbles that allowed scientists to view the tracks of the particles form part of an exhibition showcasing work by CERN’s artists-in-residence.


Read more about the Quantum exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona  (CCCB) here and more about Arts-at-CERN here You can watch a short film about the design, construction and operation of Gargamelle here and see more Gargamelle bubble chamber pictures, with some of their interpretive sketches, here.

CERN library event

The increasingly digital records of our communities and our organizations require all of us to become digital stewardship and digital preservation practitioners. The challenge seems daunting but the good news is we don’t have to do it alone. A distributed network of practitioners and learners across the globe are increasingly finding ways to learn together and share and pool their resources to tackle these challenges and provide enduring access to our digital heritage. This talk will provide an overview of key principles for practicing digital stewardship and an orientation to how to connect with and engage with the international community of practice developing and refining the craft of digital stewardship and digital preservation.


Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens currently serves as the inaugural Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. In addition, he teaches graduate seminars in digital history for American University’s History Department and digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center.


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April 1969 – John Adams, Director of the 300 GeV project

By 1 April 1969, John Adams was ready to take up his new role, as Director of CERN’s 300 GeV project, full-time. This photo shows him presenting plans for the new accelerator a few months earlier – you can read the minutes of the 16 January 1969 Committee of Council meeting, largely devoted to discussion of the project, here.


At this time it was not even clear in which country the new machine would be built. By showing that it made most financial and technological sense to build the Super Proton Synchrotron next to the existing CERN site, Adams was able to break the deadlock between member states.

CERN library event

Fiami présente sa nouvelle BD: Post-scriptum - les vies de Newton (English version: Postscript - the lives of Newton)

Tout le monde connaît le nom de Newton, mais qui était-il?

Avec cet album de 12 pages, Fiami trace un portrait de Newton étonnant.
Nous sommes le 8 avril 1727, Sir Isaac Newton sera bientôt enterré parmi les rois d'Angleterre à la cathédrale de Westminster.
Au milieu du cortège, parmi la foule, les langues se délient et les lois de Newton vacillent.
God save Newton!

Who was Newton?
Everyone has heard of Newton, but who was he ? 
In these few pages, Fiami brushes a surprising portrait of Newton. 
It is 8 April 1727. Sir Isaac Newton will soon be buried  amongst the monarchs of Britain in Westminster Abbey. 
In the procession, amongst the crowd, tongues are loose and Newton’s laws are wavering. 
God save Newton ! 


Ce nouvel album vient conclure la série de  Fiami sur l’histoire des sciences: 

Les vies d’Einstein, Les vies de Galilée et Les vies de Marie Curie qui sont traduits en plusieurs langues et utilisés notamment dans des écoles à travers le monde.

   Plus d’info et contact:

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March 1959 – CERN’s D-G strongly in favour of welcoming Soviet scientists

The first informal contacts between Soviet and CERN scientists probably took place at the Atoms for Peace conference in Geneva in September 1955. Exchange visits between scientists from CERN and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) were suggested in 1957, but there was little progress until N. Bogolubov of JINR raised the subject again on 4 February 1959. CERN’s director-general C. Bakker replied on 5 March that he was, in principle, strongly in favour of the idea, and he began to look into the practicalities. (See their letters here.)


Bakker chaired an informal gathering on International Cooperation in the Field of High Energy Physics Accelerators in September 1959. After more consultation with CERN’s member states he was able to report to Council on 1 December 1959 that "all the delegations were in favour of such exchanges provided they were reciprocal", and the Draft Proposal was approved the following day.

Inspire news

We are excited to announce INSPIRE beta, a sneak peek into the future of INSPIRE! Built on top of a modern and reliable software architecture, INSPIRE beta aims at bringing the best out of the existing INSPIRE features while introducing new ones. The High Energy Physics community’s feedback has always been part of shaping and Read More →


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