[News-releases] Media Alert 10 Sep. 2008: World's Largest Scientific Project Achieves Milestone

Tim Meyer tmeyer at triumf.ca
Mon Sep 8 14:04:39 PDT 2008


Media Alert 10 Sep. 2008: World's Largest Scientific Project Achieves

(Vancouver, B.C.) - The ATLAS-Canada Collaboration and TRIUMF are pleased to
announce that the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland-the world's
largest scientific project-will be marking a very important milestone on
September 10, 2008.  Three member institutes will host morning receptions
across the country to celebrate this achievement.  McGill University,
TRIUMF, and the University of Toronto will throw open their doors to welcome
members of the media and the public to learn up close and personal about the
first attempt to send protons around the full 27-km circumference of the
LHC.  The receptions will features conversations with local leaders of the
Canadian team and a live videoconference with Canadians stationed at the

McGill University
Scientists at Quebec universities participating in the LHC project will be
hosting a "Large Hadron Collider Start-up Event" at the Rutherford Physics
Building, McGill University.  The event will begin at 9:00am local time with
a live video feed from CERN, short video presentations about McGill's
involvement in the project, poster sessions, and special colloquium at
3:30pm by Prof. Cliff Burgess to be followed by wine and cheese.  Please
contact Prof. Brigitte Vachon at 514-398-6478 or brigitte.vachon at mcgill.ca
for details and r.s.v.p. 

TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics,
owned and operated by a consortium of universities.  Located in Vancouver on
the campus of the University of British Columbia, TRIUMF will be hosting a
morning reception from 10:00am to 12:00 noon to celebrate the LHC milestone.
The event will feature speakers such as director emeritus Alan Astbury who
is credited with firming up Canada's involvement in the LHC, present
spokesperson Rob McPherson for the ATLAS Canada team of scientists, and will
include scientists from Simon Fraser University, University of British
Columbia, and University of Victoria.  TRIUMF is located at 4004 Wesbrook
Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3.  For details, contact Tim Meyer at 604-222-7674
or communications at triumf.ca. 

University of Toronto
Researchers from Ontario also participating in the LHC project will be
hosting a full-day event at the University of Toronto's McLennan Physics
Laboratories.  The team will be hosting a morning reception from 9:00am to
2:00pm local time featuring presentations from local leading scientists, a
pizza party at 12 noon along with a high-definition videocast from Canadian
researchers at CERN, and much more.  The event will be held in Room 110 at
the McLennan Physics Laboratories at 60 Saint George Street.  Please contact
Prof. Bob Orr at 647-284-0847 or orr at physics.utoronto.ca for details. 

Courtesy of CERN, this historic event will be webcast through
http://webcast.cern.ch, and distributed through the Eurovision network.  See
http://www.cern.ch/lhc-first-beam for further details.  

(For a full list of local media contacts see


Timothy I. Meyer, Ph.D.
Head, Strategic Planning and Communications
4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3
Tel: 604-222-7674
E-mail: tmeyer at triumf.ca

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