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Italy hails Gianotti's re-election as CERN chief

06 novembre 2019 | 17.47
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Italy's foreign ministry expressed "great satisfaction" at particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti's re-election on Wednesday as Director General of CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) from 2021-2025.

Gianotti was re-elected at a CERN board meeting after she got more than the two-thirds majority needed to win on the first ballot, the foreign ministry noted in a statement.

"It is the first time that an outgoing Director General is confirmed for a second term in office in this organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world," the statement said.

Wednesday's vote re-electing Gianotti showed "appreciation for her achievements and her internationally renowned scientific reputation," the statement underlined.

Besides Gianotti, the first woman to hold the highest executive office at CERN, the organisation has hosted a series of distinguished Italians and continues to do so, the statement said.

"Gianotti's predecessors include Nobel Prize Laureate Carlo Rubbia and Luciano Maiani, while Edoardo Amaldi was one of the Organisation’s founders as well as its Secretary General," the statement noted.

The 2,667 people permanently employed at CERN include 311 Italians, of whom 105 out of 563 hold executive positions, according to the statement.

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