The magical atmosphere that can be found at CERN is created primarily by the People. It is a place of international cooperation of people from all over the world who speak different languages but whose common language is physics. This is especially visible during lunch hours in the main canteen – around noon the canteen fills up with people who usually form small groups. They have lively discussions. The dominant languages are English, French and Italian. But it is not uncommon to hear Polish as well. And you do not need to know these languages to realize that they are talking about their passion. The canteen is open until 24:00, but that doesn’t mean it is empty at that time. You can no longer buy anything, but discussions, social meetings, board game fan meetings continue until later in the night. You can get to know different cultures and customs. Often friendships are formed for years, and not infrequently… marriages. That’s how it was for me 😊 My husband, and I both come from Silesia, but we met at CERN!
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PhD, KATARZYNA SCHMIDT, Associate Professor
CERN IN MY EYES
I went to CERN for the first time in 2009 as part of an educational program organized by CERN. At that time, I was a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Physics of the University of Silesia. And then I dreamt: I will come back here!
I went to the United States for a postdoctoral internship, but after returning to Poland, I joined a group that actively participated in the NA61/SHINE experiment at CERN. Since then, I have been going to CERN regularly. For the famous shifts (on duty during data collection) and work related to the detector upgrade. In the experiment, I am mainly involved in software. We are currently working intensively on implementing machine learning methods to filter out noise recorded by the detector. We want to keep only the data from the nuclear reaction in real time during data collection. This will allow us to save disk space (5000 TB) and speed up future analysis.
Other than that, when time permits, you can take a trip to Geneva, where I particularly enjoy…. bike lanes. Geneva is a bike-friendly city. The surroundings of Lake Geneva or the areas near Geneva are perfect for short bike trips.
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