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In 1970 there was an important change. The Directors-General of CERN and JINR decided to organize a joint school, and the first CERN-JINR school of physics was held that year in Finland, a country which was not at the time a Member State of either organization.

The 1971 school was hosted by JINR in Bulgaria, beginning a pattern of biennial joint schools, held alternately in Eastern and Western Europe, which continued until 1993. That year heralded a new era. Several the Central and Eastern European countries had become Member States of CERN while remaining members of JINR.

The joint school was renamed the

"European School of High-Energy Physics".

and is organized jointly by CERN and JINR and circulates among all the countries of Europe including the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The 1999 European School of High-Energy Physics - Slovakia

The motivation of working in a large global collaboration is something which can not be underestimated. Taking part in the mixing of cultures to reach a common goal is a challenge eagerly taken up by young people.

Many of the scientists working on CERN experiments are doctoral students or recent Ph.D. graduates. Many technological challenges have to be solved, from highly integrated electronics to large-scale engineering, from the most powerful computer processors to creative software methods.

Many young Ph.D. students went into industry after leaving OPAL, one of the 4 LEP experiments

But perhaps most importantly of all, young people trained at CERN learn to work together and share the excitement of scientific and technical progress with colleagues from all over the world. An invaluable education, wherever their future careers may take them.

Those who went into industry chose a variety of careers


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