CERN Accelerating science

Structure

CERN openlab activities are spread throughout the structure of CERN, as shown below (click to enlarge)

Each CERN openlab team is supervised by the CERN staff ensuring the liaison with its sponsor company. At the monthly minor review meetings, the teams are updated about the progress of the on-going projects, which fosters exchanges and ensures timely follow-up. At the bi-annual major review meetings, the sponsors meet with the teams who present their last results, and consider possible synergies. At the occasion of its annual meeting, the board receives information and exchanges views on the progress and medium term plans of CERN openlab.

The CERN openlab team is formed of three complementary groups of people: the young engineers hired by CERN and funded by the partners, technical experts from partner companies involved in the openlab projects, and CERN management and technical experts working partly or fully on the joint activities.

The distributed team structure permits close collaboration with computing experts in the LHC experiments, as well as with engineers and scientists from CERN openlab partners who contribute significant efforts to these activities. In addition, valuable contributions are made by students participating in the CERN openlab student programme, either directly to openlab activities or more widely to WLCG, and other Grid and CERN related activities in the IT department.