Appointments and awards

New DESY director for astroparticle physics

Christian Stegmann

Effective from 1 January, Christian Stegmann has been appointed the first director in charge of astroparticle physics at DESY in Germany – a new role designed to strengthen astroparticle physics at DESY and in Germany as a whole. Stegmann completed his PhD in experimental particle physics at the OPAL experiment at LEP in 1995 and was a professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, working on cosmic-ray studies with the HESS experiment. From October 2011 he became head of DESY in Zeuthen and professor of astroparticle physics at the University of Potsdam, and his new role also entails responsibility for managing the Zeuthen site.


Denisov joins Brookhaven Lab

Dmitri Denisov

Dmitri Denisov of Fermilab in the US has been appointed deputy associate laboratory director for high-energy physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), effective from 19 February. An expert in detector development, and in large-experiment operation and data analysis, Denisov has been the spokesperson of the D0 experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron collider since 2006 and has most recently served as the lab’s head of the particle physics initiatives department. The new role for Denisov at BNL comes with responsibilities including advancing BNL goals in particle physics and providing regular monitoring and oversight of all high-energy physics projects at BNL.


Mariotti wins Emmy Noether award

Chiara Mariotti

Chiara Mariotti, a member of the CMS collaboration at CERN, has been awarded the 2018 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics. Announced twice per year, the award was established to bring noteworthy women physicists to the wider attention of the scientific community, policymakers and the general public, and to identify role models that will help to attract women to a physics career. Mariotti is recognised “for her outstanding contributions to the discovery and characterisation of the Higgs boson, for her leading role as founder and coordinator of the LHC-wide Higgs Cross Section Working Group, and for her impressive capacities and achievements in outreach, in particular towards the young generation of physicists.”


SESAME pioneers bag AAAS award

From left: Chris Llewellyn-Smith, Eliezer Rabinovici, Zehra Sayers, Herwig Schopper and Khaled Toucan

Five people who have played instrumental roles in the establishment of the third-generation light-source SESAME in Jordan have been awarded the 2019 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy. Officially inaugurated in May 2017, SESAME is the first major international scientific centre in the Middle East. The recipients are: former CERN DG Chris Llewellyn-Smith, who served as SESAME’s second president of council; SESAME council member Eliezer Rabinovici; former Scientific Advisory Committee chair Zehra Sayers; former CERN DG Herwig Schopper, who was also the first president of SESAME council; and SESAME director Khaled Toucan. The award recognises an individual or group making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy, and has an honorarium of $5000, which this year’s awardees have decided to use to help fund the work of a young scientist at SESAME.