Ursula Bassler

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Ursula Bassler
Alma materPierre and Marie Curie University
Scientific career
InstitutionsCNRS / IN2P3


Nuclear and High Energy Laboratory

Ursula Bassler (born 1965) is deputy director at CNRS National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics and the 2019 President of the CERN Council.

Early life and education[edit]

Bassler was born in Germany in 1965.[1] She moved to France as an au-pair.[1] She completed her PhD in particle physics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in 1993.[2]

Research and career[edit]

She joined the Nuclear and High Energy Laboratory (LPNHE) lab in Paris, where she worked on collider-based particle physics.[3] The LPNHE is a joint research unit between the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and Pierre and Marie Curie University. She used the HERA particle accelerator, where she worked on the structure of the proton as a member of the H1 experiment at DESY in Germany.[2][4]

In 1998 Bassler joined the DØ experiment at the Fermilab collider which studies the basic building blocks of matter.[2][5] She ran the off-line calibration of the calorimeter.[6] She was part of a Deep Inelastic Scattering working group in 1999.[7] During the World Year of Physics in 2005, Bassler kept a blog at Quantum Diaries.[8] In 2007 she was made Head of the Particle Physics division at the Institute of Research.[2][9] She studied the Universe at French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). She is on the advisory committee of An-Najah National University.[10] She created the project Collisions, a multi-media project that gave an overview of the physicists and engineers who work for the Large Hadron Collider.[11]

She has been deputy director of particle physics and computing at IN2P3.[12] At the IN2P3, Bassler prepared the upgrades for the high-luminosity upgrades and the European Open Science Cloud.[2] The high luminosity (HL-LHC) upgrade began in June 2018.[13] She was a member of the DESY scientific council.[2] In September 2018 Bassler was made the 23rd President of The CERN Foundation council.[14] Her candidacy was proposed by France and Germany.[14]


  1. ^ a b Systems, eZ. "Bassler / Portraits de chercheurs / La recherche - CEA Saclay". www-centre-saclay.cea.fr. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ursula Bassler elected as next President of the CERN Council | CERN". home.cern. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  3. ^ "Annuaire de l'IN2P3 - Ursula BASSLER - Direction". annuaire.in2p3.fr. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  4. ^ "On the kinematic reconstruction of deep inelastic scattering at HERA". Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 361 (1–2): 197–208. 1995-07-01. doi:10.1016/0168-9002(95)00173-5. ISSN 0168-9002.
  5. ^ Stone, Alan. "Photographs of D0 Collaborators". www-d0.fnal.gov. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  6. ^ "The D0-France group homepage". d0-france.in2p3.fr. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  7. ^ "Deep import of deep inelastic scattering – CERN Courier". cerncourier.com. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  8. ^ "Year of Physics". Ursula Bassler. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  9. ^ "Ursula Bassler : biographie, actualités et émissions France Culture". France Culture (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  10. ^ University, Computer Center - An-Najah National. "Committees | Faculty of Science". sci.najah.edu. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  11. ^ Systems, eZ. "Bassler / Portraits de chercheurs / La recherche - CEA Saclay". www-centre-saclay.cea.fr. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  12. ^ "TYLスクール 理系女子キャンプ". www2.kek.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  13. ^ "Ursula Bassler, new president of CERN, LHC website - Manchikoni". Manchikoni. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  14. ^ a b "DPB - September 28, 2018". franceintheus.org. Retrieved 2018-10-08.