The  Sixth meeting of the CERN Alumni Advisory Board Friday 28 May 2021.

The CERN Alumni Advisory Board (CAAB)  is charged with providing input, experience and strategic guidance to the Director-General on matters pertaining to the CERN Alumni programme and its implementation. The Board consists of 8 volunteer members: The Chair who is the Director for International Relations, 6 members of the alumni community and one alumni relations professional. Terms were initially defined as two years with a possibility to renew but have been extended to three years. The Board works according to these Terms of Reference and since 2020 meets twice a year, in May and November. 

At Friday's meeting, the Board Chair, Director for International Relations, Charlotte Warakaulle welcomed two brand new members;

Ian Bird, former project leader of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) at CERN from 2008-2020, who oversaw scientific computing in the CERN IT Department.  Since retiring from CERN, he has taken a role as Project Scientist at LAPP to manage the technical aspects of the EC-Funded ESCAPE project, that brings together HEP, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy and AstroParticle physics experiments with common needs in global scale computing.  Earlier in his career Ian spent 6 years leading the computing department at Jefferson Lab, USA, and as a particle physicist in the CERN muon and neutrino programs.

Maria L Gallo, external Alumni Relations expert, with over 20 years’ experience in higher education leadership, Maria Gallo served as an alumni relations professional, strategic manager and scholar with the University of Toronto, University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. Since completing her doctorate at the University of Sheffield in 2010, Maria’s research focuses on alumni relations and philanthropy. With an extensive academic publishing portfolio in the field, Maria’s research on alumni relationship building cycle was awarded the HS Warwick Distinguished Research Publication Award from CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education). Maria is also the founder and principal research of KITE – Keep in Touch Education, an alumni research company with clients that include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Global Irish Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs along with several higher education institutions worldwide.

Following which, the Head of CERN Alumni Relations gave a progress report on activities carried out by the alumni relations team since the last Board meeting. This generated lively disucssion with several strategic contributions from Board members, who were also given a sneak preview of how we will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of the CERN Alumni Network on June 8th. Stay posted for more information.

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