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CERN openlab summer students arrive at CERN

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 17:23
Monday, 19 June, 2017

Today, the first students participating in the 2017 CERN openlab Summer Student Programme have arrived at CERN. In total, 37 students were selected from over 1500 applicants to the programme. The remaining students will arrive over the next two weeks.

The students will spend nine weeks at CERN working on a range of exciting projects. They will also attend fascinating lectures, take part in organised visits to other research institutions and companies, and gain hands-on experience with the latest ICT hardware and software.

The lecture series for the summer students includes talks from leading experts in a range of fields related to ICT and high-energy physics. The lectures, which are listed in our events calendar, can be followed online via webcast.

CERN openlab has now been running its summer student programme for 15 years, with over 300 students coming to the laboratory as part of the programme. More information about the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme is available on our dedicated page

New design unveiled for our new phase

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 13:20
Monday, 19 June, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that CERN openlab has officially launched its new logo and design package today! We’re working on a whole new array of communications tools for the start of our new three-year phase in 2018, including a brand new website! We’ll use these tools in our efforts to further spread the word about the groundbreaking work carried out through our unique public-private partnership. Help us to spread the word about CERN openlab by sharing our new brochure:

Training tomorrow’s ICT specialists: Summer students return to CERN

Thu, 08/06/2017 - 18:10
Monday, 12 June, 2017

Next week, the first 2017 CERN openlab summer students will arrive at the laboratory. For the 37 students selected, a summer of enriching work — with fascinating lectures, exciting trips, and hands-on experience with the latest ICT hardware and software — awaits.

CERN openlab has been running its summer student programme for 15 years. During this time, roughly 300 students from across the globe have come to CERN to spend the summer working on cutting-edge ICT projects. Aided by the skills and knowledge developed during their summer at CERN, many of our student alumni go on to exciting careers in the ICT industry. Some of our students also return to CERN, in roles that may or may not be directly related to the projects they carried out over summer.

Our 2016 summer students enjoyed their time at CERN so much that nine of them are already back working at the laboratory! “The summer student programme is a unique experience,” says Kristina Satara from Serbia, who has returned to CERN to work in the Controls Group in the Beams Department.  “It’s a great introduction to life at CERN; it really gives you an insight into the wide range of roles that exist and how you could participate.”

“Working on a project over summer was a great experience,” says Emil Kleszcz from Poland. “I realised that, even in the limited nine-week period we spent at CERN, it is really possible to develop something that will be put to use at the laboratory.” Kleszcz, who is now working on asset management and maintenance in the Engineering Department, continues: “Working on my project over summer helped me to believe in my own skills.”

“As a summer student, you get to work with — and learn from — leading ICT experts,” says Ahmad Hesam from the Netherlands, who has returned to CERN to work on a project called BioDynaMo. “CERN is a place where you’re surrounded by knowledge and expertise; there’s no limit to how much you can learn.”

As well as developing their technical skills in a challenging research environment, the CERN openlab summer students are able to pick up new ‘soft skills’ that can be of great use in their future careers — at CERN and beyond. For many, it is their first time working in such a large, international context.

“It was my first taste of living and working abroad,” says Dimitrios Christidis from Greece, who is now back working on a project related to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid. “Having gone through the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme gave me more confidence when applying to return to CERN in this new role.”

 “One of the most important aspects is the multicultural environment, says Jelena Banjac from Serbia, who is also now working with the Beams Department, after having spent last summer with the LHCb experiment. “It is amazing to get to interact with and learn from all these people with such different experiences.”

Thus, if you’re a student aspiring to a career in ICT, the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme is the place for you. It can help you to gain unique experience and develop key skills that could be vital to launching your career — at CERN, with one of our collaborators, or beyond!         


More information about the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme is available on our dedicated page. Be sure to check our website in in December to find out how you could apply to become a summer student in 2018. In the meantime, you can get a flavour of the programme by following the summer students’ lecture series over the coming months (more information can be found in our event calendar).

Students selected for 2017 CERN openlab Summer Student Programme

Thu, 18/05/2017 - 16:35
Thursday, 18 May, 2017

We would like to thank each of the 1580 students who applied to the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme. This year, 37 students have been selected from 22 different countries.

The students selected will come to CERN for nine weeks over the summer. At the laboratory, they will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies, and see how advanced ICT solutions are used in high-energy physics. The students will also have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures given by IT experts on advanced CERN-related topics and will take part in visits to various CERN facilities and experiments, as well as other research laboratories and companies.

The full list students selected for 2017 is available here: For those students who were not successful in their application, we strongly encourage you to apply again for next year’s programme (applications will open in December).


Collaborators meet at CERN — annual report published

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 13:02
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Today, CERN openlab is holding its annual ‘Collaboration Board’ meeting. The event sees representatives of the companies and research institutes collaborating in CERN openlab come to CERN to review the progress made last year and discuss plans for the future. Find out more about our work in the latest CERN openlab annual report, published today.

Also, you can read an opinion piece by Fabiola Gianotti, the CERN Director-General, about the importance of CERN openlab’s work here. “For 15 years, this unique public-private partnership has worked to ensure that members of CERN’s scientific community have access to the very latest ICT solutions to help them carry out their challenging physics research,” writes Gianotti. “I would like to thank each of the companies collaborating in CERN openlab — as well as, most importantly, the people themselves — for their terrific efforts in supporting CERN’s work.”

Technical workshops prepare ground for CERN openlab VI

Mon, 06/03/2017 - 16:28
Monday, 6 March, 2017

Last week, CERN openlab hosted the first of three technical workshops in preparation for the collaboration’s next three-year phase, which starts in 2018. These workshops bring together researchers and representatives of leading ICT companies to discuss the challenges that the high-energy physics community and other fields of ‘big science’ will face over the coming years.

Last week’s workshop focused specifically on topics related to data-centre technologies and infrastructures. A workshop on computer platforms and software will take place later this month, with another scheduled on machine learning and data analytics in April.

“There was plenty of in-depth discussion at the first workshop, on topics such as networking, clouds, storage, databases, and data-centre architectures,” says Maria Girone, CERN openlab CTO. “By bringing together a range of perspectives on these topics, we’re able to identify the most beneficial areas for collaboration in CERN openlab’s next three-year phase.”

In September, CERN openlab will publish a whitepaper based on the outcomes of these workshops. With the LHC and the experiments set to undergo major upgrade work in 2019 and 2020, CERN openlab’s sixth phase offers a clear opportunity to develop ICT solutions that will make a tangible difference for researchers at CERN when the upgraded LHC and experiments come online in 2021.

Find out more about our areas of work in our current three-year phase here.


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