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Two new members elected to the Senior Staff Advisory Board (“The Nine”) in 2020

"The Nine", who inform and advise the Director-General, are now seeking topics for discussion for the coming year

Stefan Lueders (left) et Eric Montesinos (right), the new members of the Senior Staff Advisory board

Stefan Lueders (left) et Eric Montesinos (right), the new members of the Senior Staff Advisory board

Stefan Lueders and Eric Montesinos have been elected to the Senior Staff Advisory Board (“The Nine”). This committee was created in 1981 to serve as a channel of communication between the Senior Staff and the Director-General. It is made up of nine members elected by the Senior Staff for a period of three years. Its composition is representative of the full Senior Staff body, drawn from all areas of the Organization, and its spokesperson is usually chosen for one year from amongst the members who are in the third year of their term.

The Nine inform the Director-General of the ideas and experiences of the Senior Staff and advise her on questions concerning scientific activities, organisational matters and the use of resources. Recurrent topics in 2020 included sustainability and environmental protection, the support structure for conflicts in the workplace, national diversity, the non-staff workforce, the perception of CERN and development opportunities for leadership.

The Nine seeks input for topics to be investigated throughout the year, so please feel free to get in touch, either by sending an e-mail to the-nine@cern.ch or by contacting one of its members. In addition, starting from 1 October, representatives of The Nine will be available for informal discussions in Restaurant 1 on the first Thursday of each month from 12.30 to 13.30 and on the third Tuesday of the month from 17.30 to 18.30.

Elections for the Nine are held every year, ensuring an annual rotation of members. The electronic voting process for 2020 closed at midnight on Friday 28 August 2020.

Results of the election:

Of the 577 Senior Staff members eligible to vote, 289 – or roughly half – voted. Seven candidates for Electoral Group 2 (Applied Physics, Engineering, Computer Science) stood for election: Hans Danielsson, Marc Dobson, Massimiliano Ferro-Luzzi, Frank Glege, Stefan Lueders, Eric Montesinos and Eva Sanchez-Corral Mena.

Stefan Lueders and Eric Montesinos were elected, replacing the outgoing Nine members Frederic Teubert and myself. Isabel Bejar Alonso will be the new spokesperson for one year. The committee will now consist of these newly elected members together with [end of mandate in brackets]:

Tony Cass [2022]
Marine Gourber-Pace [2022]
Pascale Goy [2022]
Luca Malgeri [2022]
Isabel Bejar Alonso [2021]
Richard Jacobson [2021]
Christoph Schaefer [2021]

I wish to congratulate the newly elected members and warmly thank all the other candidates for having stood for election. A special thanks goes to our polling officer, Alberto Pace. 

Edda Gschwendtner, outgoing spokesperson of the Nine