The inaugural day of the meeting was marked by a presentation by Paolo Chiggiato, Group Leader for Vacuum, Surfaces, and Coatings at CERN. Chiggiato shared insights into CERN's forthcoming technical requirements and strategic plans. This presentation laid the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding of CERN's research objectives.
Following the presentation, attendees were offered a tour of CERN's primary research stations. This firsthand exposure allowed the INFICON team to witness the advanced technologies and machinery that are instrumental in particle physics research. A noteworthy aspect of the tour was the visit to a decommissioned particle accelerator turned museum, offering a historical perspective on the evolution of particle physics research.