Herwig Schopper honoured

Herwig Schopper, CERN director-general 1981-1988, has received the UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal along with Sir Martin Rees, Britain's astronomer royal, and Peter Zoller of Insbruck, a central figure in quantum information. The medals, which were presented at the Danish Royal Academy of Science and Letters on 15 November, recognize scientific excellence, concern with the impact of science, and efforts to promote the free exchange of ideas on a broad international scale.

Schopper is president of the International Centre for Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) council (see CERN Courier November 2002 p6). This is the second UNESCO award Schopper has received in the past two years. In April 2004, he received the Albert Einstein Gold Medal (see CERN Courier June 2004 p39).


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has made research awards to Joël Feltesse of CEA/Saclay and Bikash Sinha, director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Feltesse has received one of six Helmhotz-Humboldt awards made annually to internationally acknowledged scientists from outside Germany in recognition of their research achievements. These are awarded jointly by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Helmholtz Association. The award to Feltesse acknowledges his outstanding contribution to the study of deep inelastic scattering and the important role he played in the development of European particle physics during his time as spokesman of the H1 experiment at DESY, as director of DAPNIA at Saclay, and as chair of CERN's Scientific Policy Committee. He was among the first to realize the importance of low x physics in the exploration of high gluon densities in the proton.

Sinha has received a Humboldt research award for his exceptional achievements in changing the scale and dimensions of nuclear-physics research in India. Sinha, who is also director of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), worked with the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and successfully campaigned for the setting up of heavy-ion accelerators in India. The VECC is currently working on a superconducting cyclotron and a project to develop a radioactive-beam facility.


Patrick Janot

Patrick Janot du CERN a reçu la médaille d'argent 2005 du CNRS pour l'IN2P3 (Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules). Ce prix, l'un des plus prestigieux du centre de recherche français, lui a été remis plus particulièrement pour ses travaux lorsqu'il était coordonnateur scientifique du grand collisionneur électron-positon (LEP) au cours des deux dernières années de fonctionnement de l'accélérateur, en 1999 et 2000, et son "rôle central dans la recherche du boson de Higgs" durant cette période. Il s'est notamment illustré en proposant des idées novatrices pour pousser les performances de la machine dans leurs retranchements et atteindre une énergie de 209 GeV tout en optimisant la luminosité.


J-journals expand into radiation instrumentation

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) have launched the new online-only Journal of Instrumentation (JINST). Recent years have seen a huge growth in instrumentation science and JINST has been created to support the needs of this expanding community.

JINST covers all fields of radiation instrumentation and deals both with concepts and experimental techniques, as well as with related theoretical aspects, modelling and simulations. Major JINST sections include accelerator science, instrumentation and methods for accelerators and accelerator experiments, detector physics, detectors and apparatus for particle and nuclear physics, methods and apparatus for astronomy and astrophysics, detectors for biomedical applications, instrumentation and methods for medical applications, non-destructive testing, and detector-readout concepts and electronics. The SISSA-IOP online-only J-journals (JHEP, JCAP, JSTAT) have proved to be remarkably successful in terms of quality and impact. Like its siblings, JINST will feature highly distinguished advisory and editorial boards. Unlike traditional journals, the editorial board of the J-journals is entirely responsible for the peer-review process: authors are thus assured that the fate of their submissions is in the hands of active scientists.

For the first year JINST will available free of charge. As with the other J-journals, papers published in JINST will be available on open-access terms for the first month of publication and all papers will remain free of charge to institutions in developing countries.

 •To access JINST see http://jinst.sissa.it or www.iop.org/EJ/journal/jinst