Best wishes for 2020!

At the start of another new year, please allow me, as in previous years, to convey my very best wishes to you. May this year bring you satisfaction at work and fulfilment in your personal lives.


All the best for the new year!

As 2019 gets under way, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you a year full of good things:


Happy New Year from the Ombud

Just this once, my article is not going to be about a specific subject. I simply wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the New Year.


Are you being served?

A few weeks ago, I overheard a conversation in the cafeteria where a colleague was asked how it was that he was always smiling… his answer was immediate - “That’s easy”, he said, “I work in such a great place – great science, great people, great opportunities…”.


A shared anniversary!

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary, it not only looks back at its past successes with pride, it also looks ahead at the many other ways in which it can continue to contribute to the groundbreaking work of the scientific community.



After thirty-three years at CERN, including three and a half years as Ombuds, I am leaving. During my time of Ombuds I have seen many people for discussions, misunderstandings, difficulties in communication and also conflicts. No institution can live without conflicts.