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Peter Steinberg | USLHC | USA

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S.O.S. (i.e. Save Austrian Science)

I can’t believe I’m the first to post about this, since it’s “ancient” news (i.e. from last week).  But if you missed it, Austria is planning on pulling out of CERN after 50 years involvement.  The claim is that they can use the money (about $21M) elsewhere in the EU.

Anyway, don’t think that the Austrian scientific community is taking the news well.  They are getting organized and already have a petition online.  Please take a minute and sign it:

http://sos.teilchen.at/petition/

It came as a surprise when Federal Minister Hahn announced that he wanted to discontinue Austria’s membership in CERN.

This “wrong historic decision” (quoting Prof. Dr. Herbert Pietschmann) must be stopped before Austria’s reputation as a nation of high-tech and modern research suffers irreparable damage and our country excludes itself from future developments.

CERN – this is research in elementary particle physics and comology. CERN is a brilliant example of excellence by European cooperation. CERN is the vision of our young scientists.

By signing this petition I urge the Austrian parliament not to agree to this proposition of minister Hahn.

(And I hope no-one missed that ATLAS slide in the AP article!)

(Thanks, Heinz and Paul!)

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One Response to “S.O.S. (i.e. Save Austrian Science)”

  1. Anton Rebhan says:

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for your help! The good news, now already two days old: because of the mounting pressure from various sides, but not least from our on-line petition, the many statements from Nobel prize winners that we collected, led to revoking this plan of Austria for leaving CERN. Austria’s chancellor ruled that the science minister has to drop this plan because it would harm Austria’s reputation too much! Of course, other factors mattered, too. Such as CERN telling Austria that it would have to pay about 5 yearly membership fees for Austria’s share of the credits that were necessary for building the LHC, and at the same time, e.g., Austrian insurances would lose contracts involving 40 million euros per year, more than twice Austria’s membership fee. At any rate, the international and also national solidarity that we received was most impressive, and it definitely led to a major boost for particle physics in Austria!
    Tony

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