A delegation from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, led by the President Prof. Julian Revalski, Member of BAS, visited from 22 to 24 November the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva. The delegation included Prof. Neli Koseva – Scientific Secretary-General of BAS, Assoc. Prof. Ivan Georgiev – Scientific Secretary of the “Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies” division of BAS and Prof. Dimitar Tonev – Director of the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy. During the visit, the Bulgarian delegation met with the Director-General of the Organization, Professor Fabiola Gianotti, the Director for International Relations Charlotte Warakaulle, and the Head of Member State Relations Peter Chochula. Prospects for the involvement of scientists of BAS in future research in the fields of high energy physics, big data processing and machine learning were discussed.
Members of the delegation visited important sites of the unique infrastructure and were accompanied by Bulgarians working at CERN – Peter Hristov, Zornitsa Zaharieva and Gueorgui Antchev. The delegation visited the facilities of the two large experiments CMS and ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider which involve Bulgarian scientists. The contribution of BAS scientists in building and maintaining the research infrastructure was highlighted.
The Data Processing Centre discussed the possibility of including computing resources of BAS in the Integrated High Performance Computing and Data Storage System of CERN. The members of the delegation were interested to acquaint themselves with the modern methods of presenting CERN’s scientific results to the general public, students and schoolchildren. At a meeting with BAS scientists working at CERN, problems with their career advancement and recognition of their contribution to the Academy’s publication activity were discussed.