Sep 22 – 26, 2008
Europe/Zurich timezone
<font color="red">WARNING: 29th August, 2008 registration deadline</font>

Cryo Ops 2008


Room : Council Chamber


CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research is pleased to host the third Workshop on Cryogenics Operations (Cryo Ops 2008) to be held at its premises near Geneva, Switzerland, on 22-26 September 2008. This workshop is aimed at engineers who currently operate (or plan to operate) large cryogenic plants in the support to physics research or industrial applications. The mission statement for the workshop focuses on the practical applications used in operating the plants and can be summarized as follows.


Cryo Ops 2008 Mission Statement

The Workshop provides a periodic forum for research laboratories and industry to present and discuss current technological advancements, operability and maintenance experience of large cryogenic plants in the support to the physics research community or to indutrial production.

The Workshop topics are intended to include the latest pratical engineering, safety and operational management applications and techniques that have been found to enhance the operational costs, reliability and flexibility.

This includes topics such as the initial choice of the refrigeration cycle design; utility management; manpower scheduling; plant control philosophy and automation; short and long term maintenance scheduling; refrigerant loss detection and control; system contamination; component reliability; and equipment technical performance issues. Discussions of current technical problems and possible solutions are encouraged.


The programme for this 4-day meeting is still under development but will include:

1) Oral presentations by attendees
2) Time left for open discussion on areas of mutual interest
3) Workshop dinner
4) A guided-tour of some major CERN cryogenic installations

Important Dates

17th March, 2008 Registration and payment information available online
4th July, 2008 Early registration deadline
4th July, 2008 Abstract submission deadline
25th August, 2008 Tentative timetable available online
29th August, 2008 Registration deadline

Please note that space is limited and early registration is recommended.

For additional information please contact the organizing committee at:

CERN – Accelerator Technology (AT) Department
CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 767 7901, Fax: +41 22 766 9412, E-Mail:

<o:p>Organizing committee: Klaus Barth, Johan Bremer, Serge Claudet, Dimitri Delikaris, Nicolas Delruelle, Sophie Gardette, Sigrid Knoops, Giorgio Passardi, Goran Perinic, Laurent Tavian</o:p>