Proton Synchrotron Division


PS/DR/Note 2002-105 (Min.)      


Summary of the Meeting of the PS Management Board

held on 24.06.2002


Present : B.W. Allardyce, J. Boillot, M. Chanel, G. Daems, J.P. Delahaye (Chairman), B. Frammery, R. Garoby, G. Geschonke, J. Gruber, E. Kugler, D. Manglunki, E. Métral (Staff Association), K.D. Metzmacher, S.L. Neboux (Secretary), U. Raich, J.P. Riunaud, K. Schindl

Excused : S. Baird, H. Haseroth, M. Lindroos, S. Maury, J.P. Potier

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1. Follow-up of previous meeting and matters arising

2. Follow-up of schedule meeting and PS complex operation

3. Report on the CTF3 collaboration meeting

This meeting took place at CERN from 12-13 June, with collaborators from INFN Frascati, SLAC, Uppsala, LAL and RAL and proved very useful. G. Geschonke gave a presentation on subjects discussed which covered the injector, DBA (drive beam accelerator), phase monitor, 30 GHz test stand, several presentations on work being done at INFN, RAL, CERN and the planning. J.P. Delahaye stressed the importance of such collaborations, especially now that resources for R&D at CERN have suffered another dramatic cut.

G. Geschonke also showed transparencies on the first promising results obtained last week in CTF3 where bunches generated with 3 GHz RF are recombined by RF deflectors to a bunch train of 12 GHz (multiplication factor 4, as required by CLIC) and later to 15 GHz (multiplication factor 5, as required by CTF3). The PSMB congratulates the CTF team for this very important proof of principle of this novel scheme for RF multiplication.

4. Report on the Finance Committee and Council Meetings (see Press Release)

J.P. Delahaye has distributed copies of the most important documents to Group Leaders, such as the Medium Term Plan (MTP) with the scientific activities of CERN and budget estimates for the years 2003-2006 and projection for the years 2007-2010, the report from the External Review Committee and annexes, as well as comments to the latter from the Director General. Copies of the ERC report are available at the secretariat.

The 2003 budget was approved, the 33 MCHF frozen at the beginning of the year from the 2002 budget was unblocked and all contracts for LHC were accepted. The External Review Committee report was presented and all recommendations were highly appreciated by the Member State delegates. Council refused to approve the Medium-Term Plan until the ERC recommendations have been incorporated: it will be presented again in September. Member States have also requested a detailed staff plan (down to group level) for the coming years and a "Morges III" meeting to discuss the CERN staff plan is foreseen in October 2002. Member States also requested an external independent audit, nominated by Council, to be set up. Senior staff appointments were confirmed, including the appointment of S. Myers as Division Leader of the new Accelerator & Beams Division resulting from the merging of SL and PS. Long discussions took place in all meetings on the different scenarios proposed by the Director General for the cost-to-completion for the LHC project, resources for non-LHC programme and a new long-term financial framework and staff plan for the Organization, which will be submitted to Council in December 2002. Following the dramatic cut of resources for R&D, J.P. Delahaye asked the R&D project leaders to study the impact this further reduction in resources will have on these studies, so that the conclusions can be given to CERN management.

S. Myers proposes to hold a meeting on the new Accelerators & Beams Division (A&B) for all PS and SL personnel, provisionally fixed for Tuesday, 2nd July at 9 a.m. in the Main Auditorium.

The next PSMB will be held on Monday, 1.7.2002 at 4 p.m. because of conflict with a special CERN Management Board on Monday morning.

                                                       Susan Neboux

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