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Brumby Announces European Research Pact

The Minister for Innovation, John Brumby, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote scientific collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), located in Geneva, Switzerland. “CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, and its scientists are world leaders,” Mr Brumby said. “This agreement with CERN will enable the Australian Synchrotron to benefit from the participation in common R&D related to technologies for accelerators, from staff exchanges and from the excellent courses in advanced accelerator physics offered by CERN.” CERN does not have a synchrotron light source like the Australian Synchrotron, but its facilities are at the forefront of global developments in accelerator science. “Australia will be able to tap into CERN’s vast pool of expertise in accelerator development and experimental technology,” Mr Brumby said. CERN’s Director-General, Dr Robert Aymar, said he was keen to promote links between European and Australian science. “Interaction between mature and expanding facilities like ours, and new accelerators like the Australian Synchrotron, can lead to very interesting collaborations,” Dr Aymar said. “There is a lot of common ground between accelerators, even those working with different sub-atomic particles.” Mr Brumby said co-operation and collaboration were increasingly important to the development of new technology for particle accelerators, beamlines, detectors and control systems. “As developing new components and research techniques becomes more complex and more costly, enhancing Australia’s global science links is essential,” Mr Brumby said. The Australian Synchrotron is in Clayton in Melbourne’s south-east. It is on time and on budget, with the building and synchrotron machine complete and beamlines gearing up for opening of the facility in July. CERN is completing the Large Hadron Collider, a machine 27 kilometres in circumference that will be used to study the kinds of reactions that occurred at the birth of the universe.