Published online 19 December 2007 | Nature 450, 1140 (2007) | doi:10.1038/4501140d

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CERN names its next head as collider is set to go online

Rolf-Dieter Heuer.Rolf-Dieter Heuer.CERN

The next director-general of CERN, Europe's primary high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, will be Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who will take the reins in January 2009.

Heuer, whose appointment was announced on 14 December by the CERN Council, is currently a research director at Germany's DESY laboratory in Hamburg. He will replace Robert Aymar, who has run the laboratory since 2004.

Heuer says his top priority will be to ensure a smooth transition from the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, a SFr10-billion (US$8.7-billion) particle accelerator to its operation after it is completed. Heuer also says that he will seek to improve cooperation with particle-physics laboratories in the United States and Japan.

He adds that he will “keep options open” for CERN's future, including its participation in the International Linear Collider, a proposed next generation of particle accelerator. 

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