ESA hosts second Physics on Stage event

Physics returned to centre stage in April at the Physics on Stage 2 (POS2) event held at the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Research and Technical Centre in the Netherlands. POS2 follows up the huge success of the first Physics on Stage, which was held at CERN in November 2000, and organized by CERN, ESA and the European Southern Observatory. This year, three further European research organizations, the European Fusion Development Agreement, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, also took part. The goal of Physics on Stage is to give teachers from 22 European countries the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and materials. This year, prizes were awarded for the best projects.

CERN doctor retires with photo record

CERN resident doctor, Etienne Maquet, retires this year. A keen amateur photographer, Dr Maquet takes with him a photographic record of the laboratory stretching back to 1971, the year he joined CERN. These pictures, taken in April with Jean-Luc Baldy, head of civil engineering at CERN, give an underground snapshot of the status of civil engineering for the LHC project.