France welcomes yesterday’s election of Ursula Bassler as president of the CERN Council. Her candidacy had been put forward jointly by France and Germany.
Deputy director of France’s National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3-CNRS) and France’s scientific delegate to the CERN Council, Ursula Bassler is a scientist with an established reputation in particle physics. She has worked in Germany (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), the United States (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) and France (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, CNRS).
Founded in 1954, CERN is a scientific laboratory of global importance and with a global reputation. It specializes in particle physics, the discovery of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws of the universe. It was here that the Higgs boson was observed, with the help of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). France and Switzerland host CERN facilities and are among the nations that are the most heavily involved in its activities.
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