Dir. Accelerators &Technology
Conference : Do long-term of big science instruments only have disadvantages?
Frédérick Bordry is the CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology since January 2014. He is responsible for the operation and exploitation of the whole CERN accelerator complex, with particular emphasis on the LHC and for the development of new technologies for post-LHC projects. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and a state doctorate in energy conversion. After a two-year teaching post at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), he took up a teaching and research post in Toulouse before joining the CERN in 1986. From 1994, he played a key role in the design and construction of CERN’s flagship particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which made possible the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. As a convinced advocate of international exchange in the cultural, political and scientific fields, he has devoted a considerable amount of time to reflecting on issues relating to education, research and multilingualism.
Like the LHC (Large Hardon Collider), big science instruments are technological and human adventures that span several decades. In the case of the LHC, 25 years of design and nearly 30 years of operation. These long times are challenges to attract talented young people accustomed with immediacy, convince the political world where mandates are of the order of five years and to maintain funding and operating costs.Scientists are thus driven to develop strong international networks and stronger links with governments and their funding agencies.Big science instruments are structuring projects for a domain. They allow boosting the high-tech industries. It should be noted that all the revolutionary innovations that shape our daily lives, are based on fundamental discoveries obtained in the long time of research. To decode the history of our universe and to understand the infinitely small, we must build big and think long-term!