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Physicist Eliezer Rabinovici is elected Vice President of the CERN's Board

by Richard Meckien - published Dec 23, 2015 05:30 PM - - last modified Jan 20, 2016 05:19 PM
Contributors: Original version in Portuguese by Sylvia Miguel

Eliezer RabinoviciEliezer Rabinovici, head of the Israeli Committee for High Energy Physics, has been elected Vice President of the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Board. Headquartered in Geneva, it is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Rabinovici has directed the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an institution linked to the UBIAS network, which brings together 34 IASs based in universities around the world. The IEA-USP is also a member.

The Israeli physicist is a member of the Senior Committee of the Intercontinental Academia, a project proposed by him with the objective to promote scientific exchange between generations, disciplines, cultures and continents. The first edition of the project is being conducted by the IEA-USP in partnership with the University of Nagoya's Institute for Advanced Research.

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Rabinovici has visited the IEA-USP and gave lectures on the role of the UBIAS network and on his specialty, particle physics. On one occasion, he showed his vision of the SESAME project, of which he is a co-founder. It is a cooperative venture that brings together scientists and governments of several Middle Eastern countries in order to create a third generation light source.

At the election of the CERN, the physicist received the majority of the 21 votes by the member countries of the Board. Rabinovici had been elected to the position of Vice President of the SESAME project in 2013, when he also became its spokesman.

Israel is an associate member of the CERN since September 2014. Since 1991, the country has invested in research in Central Europe after being granted the observer status by the Board. Currently, Israel is involved in the Atlas experiment, as well as on the premises of CERN Isolde and other experiences.

Photo: Mauro Bellesa/IEA-USP
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