Venetian academy honours CERN theorist

In a ceremony at the Doge’s Palace in Venice on 29 May, Gian Giudice of the theory unit at CERN, was nominated academician of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ad Arti (IVSLA) "for his outstanding contributions to the field of particle physics, and the development of supersymmetry and theories with extra dimensions".

The institute is an academy that promotes the advancement of mathematical, physical and natural sciences, as well as the humanities and arts. Past members of the academy include the mathematicians Tullio Levi Civita and Gregorio Ricci Curbastro, the scientists Guglielmo Marconi and Luis Pasteur, the writers Alessandro Manzoni and Ezra Pound, and the sculptor Antonio Canova.


Carlos Martinez-Riera, general-director of international co-operation and institutional relations, ministry of science and innovation for Spain, right, visited the CMS control room with Maria Chamizo-Llatas, CMS deputy run co-ordinator, CIEMAT, when he came to CERN on 11 May. He also saw the CMS underground experimental area and the LHC superconducting magnet test hall.

Minister of natural resources for the Kingdom of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, left, toured the ATLAS visitor centre together with Ketevi Assamagan, ATLAS Collaboration member from Brookhaven National Laboratory, during a visit to CERN on 17 May. He was also invited to see the LHC superconducting magnet test hall.

Enrique T Ona, secretary of health for the republic of the Philippines, left, was welcomed to CERN on 20 May, by Sergio Bertolucci, CERN’s director for research and scientific computing, here presenting a temperature-sensitive mug depicting the history of the universe. During his visit, Ona heard about life sciences at CERN and toured several facilities.

The director-general of ITER, Osamu Motojima, centre, visited CERN on 24 May. Here he is in the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with, from left to right, Jean Jacquinot, scientific adviser to the French high-commissioner for atomic energy, Frédérick Bordry, head of CERN’s technology department, Jean-Pierre Koutchouk, of CERN’s International Relations Office, and Lucio Rossi, deputy-head of the technology department.

On 18 May, the visit to CERN of the deputy director-general of the state administration of foreign experts affairs for the state council of China, Ming Lu, left, included a tour of the ATLAS visitor centre with deputy spokesperson, Andy Lankford. Lu also met Sergio Bertolucci, CERN’s director for research and scientific computing.