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HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION OF THE COUNCIL

15 March 2018


 

RESTRICTED SESSION

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President gave an oral report on the following matters:

  • March meeting of the Audit Committee

  • March meetings of ICFA, the LCB and FALC

  • Information on the organisation of the present Council Session
     

DIRECTOR GENERAL’S REPORT

The Director-General gave an oral report on the following matters:

  • Status of discussions on a possible ILC project in Japan, from the March meetings of the LCB and ICFA

  • Recent protocol visits

  • Davos World Economic Forum 2018

  • Internal working group on the quality of working life at CERN

  • CERN Observer status at SESAME
     

LHC MATTERS

The Council heard status reports by the Director for Accelerators and Technology, Dr Bordry, and by the Director for Research and Computing, Professor Elsen, and expressed its appreciation to the accelerator, detector and computing teams for their efforts to overcome the various technical and scientific challenges faced during the year-end technical stop.

 

PENSION FUND

The Council heard a report by the Chair of the Pension Fund Governing Board (PFGB), Dr Roth, on the meetings of the Board and the Investment Committee since the Council’s December 2017 Session, and took note that the Fund had achieved an investment return of 6.93% in 2017 and that, at the end of the year, its cumulative return since 31 December 2011 had exceeded the prorated objective for the period by 14.73 percentage points.

 

SITE AND BUILDING RENOVATION STATUS

The Council heard a presentation by the Director for Finance and Human Resources, Dr Steinacher, on the status of the consolidation and renovation of site infrastructure and buildings, the associated planning and budget frameworks, the methodology for determining the strategy and priorities for building consolidation and construction, and the objectives of the CERN Masterplan 2030.

 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND EFFICIENCY

The Council heard presentations by Dr Bordry on the series of workshops on energy management for large-scale infrastructures and by Mr Claudet, energy coordinator for the Accelerator and Technology sector, on energy management, awareness-raising initiatives, efficiency evaluation tools and heat recovery projects currently under way at CERN.

 

CERN ALUMNI PROGRAMME STATUS

The Council took note of a status report on the CERN alumni network presented by Ms Esteveny, Head of CERN Alumni Relations, outlining the composition of the network, recent and upcoming activities, as well as the mutual benefits of membership for the Organization and the network members.

 

 

RESTRICTED SESSION ON EUROPEAN STRATEGY MATTERS

 

UPDATE OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR PARTICLE PHYSICS

The Council approved the detailed plan for the Strategy update process and an amendment to the composition of the Physics Preparatory Group, set out in document CERN/SPC/1099/Rev.-CERN/3340/Rev., together with the addition of the NuPECC Chair as a standing invitee for Council agenda items related to the European Strategy for Particle Physics, in document CERN/3092/Rev.2.

 

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

ENLARGEMENT PROCESS

The Council approved the introduction of deadlines designed to streamline the processes of accession to Associate Membership and Associate Membership in the pre-stage to Membership, as set out in document CERN/3342/RA/Rev.

The Council further agreed that certain aspects of the enlargement process warranted discussion by a dedicated Council working group and invited the President’s Group to draw up a mandate and composition on the basis of the input received from the Management and delegations for approval at the June Session.

 

APPOINTMENTS

The Council appointed Dr Hristov Vice-Chair of the Pension Fund Governing Board for three years, as of 1 May 2018

 

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