Posted on: 10th September 2008

The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at 10h28 this morning. The start of the LHC is a major step towards a new era of scientific discovery in particle physics. It’s also a paramount example of how effectively an international scientific community, gathering laboratories from all over the world, can successfully work on a common objective.

“This is one of the most important steps in CERN history, which has a tradition of being linked to key scientific discoveries in particle physics. It’s also a great technical success – one more! – for the Organisation, the numerous associated laboratories and its Director General, Robert Aymar”, says Jérôme Paméla, EFDA Leader in a congratulation message to CERN.

CERN and EFDA are members of EIROforum, a partnership of Europe’s seven intergovernmental research organisations. In EIROforum, these organisations pursue joint initiatives, combine resources, and share best practices.