Present : B. D'Almagne, J. Ellis replacing Veneziano), L. Evans,M. Ferro-Luzzi Secretary), L. Foà, D. Forkel-Wirth,
G. Goggi, J.-P. Gourber, U. Goerlach part-time), K. Hübner, E. Iarocci,C. Jarlskog, K.-H. Kissler,
R. Klanner, C. Llewellyn Smith Chairman), J. May, A. Richter, D. Simon,E. Tsesmelis,
M. Turala, S. Weisz , P. Wells, H. Wenninger and P. Zerwas.
2. Reports and matters arising from the ISC Meeting of 2 December 1996.
3. Reports and matters arising from the SPSC Meeting of 21-22 January1997.
4. Reports and matters arising from the LHCC Meeting of 23-24 January1997.
5. Other business.
The Chairman welcomed J. May IT division leader) and E. Tsesmelis co-ordinatorfor the PS and SPS accelerators). The remarkable contributions to the workof the Research Board by D. O. Williams outgoing leader of the CN division)throughout a long period were recalled and acknowledged. Two of the participantsof the last meeting had their names misprinted in the Minutes: the namesshould have been D. Dekker and S. Myers. With this correction the Minutesof the previous meeting  were approved.
The Chairman reviewed the situation concerning the LHC approval andfunding subsequent to the Council meeting of last December and the recentdiscussions with representatives of non-member states. Severe economy measureshad been taken, such as a reduction of the running time in this and thenext year. The barren state of the current research programme was describedtogether with its prospects for the near future when only specially fundednew projects could be envisaged. He also announced that the AntiprotonDecelerator project AD) was now officially approved by the managementas an outside-funded project.
2. REPORTS AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THE ISC MEETINGS OF 2 DECEMBER,1996
A. Richter reported on the meeting. Three proposals had been recommendedby the committee: P79 , P85  and P86 . The first dealt with propertiesof nuclear wave-functions via the measurement of magnetic moments, thesecond with the detection of iron impurities in silicium, the third withsuperconducting properties via radioactive isotopes doping.
The Research Board approved these experiments. Their code numberswill be IS358, IS359 and IS360 for P79, P85 and P86respectively.
3. REPORTS AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THE SPSC MEETING OF 21-22 JANUARY,1997
B. D'Almagne reported on the meeting. The LEAR machine had successfullyconcluded its activity at the end of 1996. A record number of antiprotonshad been delivered during its last year of operation and the highest everefficiency had been achieved. The committee was impressed and had conveyedtheir congratulations to the LEAR staff. In view of the disappearance ofthe machine the letter L will now be dropped from the committee's acronym.
Records had also been broken by the SPS with a proton beam having reached4.6 1013 per cycle. The committee had expressed theircongratulations to the staff concerned.
The examination of the COMPASS proposal  had been concluded. Thecommittee had decided that the reduced version of the spectrometer presentedat the last SPSC meeting  which makes the cost affordable while preservingthe main physics goals, fulfilled all conditions to be accepted and wasrecommended to the Research Board. Funding of the experiment came essentiallyfrom outside CERN.
The status of the CHORUS and NOMAD experiments was reported. A proposedtest of a liquid argon detector in the current neutrino beam  had beenexamined and was recommended for approval.
The Research Board joined the SPSC in congratulating the staffof the accelerator divisions for a truly wonderful performance. Thankswere also extended to the staff of the Service Divisions for their crucialcontribution to the accelerators success.
The Research Board then discussed the COMPASS proposal. The physicsprogramme was recognised to be of topical interest. The re-design of thespectrometer in order to cope with the available funds was appreciated.In conclusion the Research Board approved the experiment under theconditions spelled out by the SPSC and subject to the availability offunds. Its code number will be NA58. The test of a liquid argondetector  was also approved by the Research Board.
Finally, the PS-SPS co-ordinator presented the time allocation of thevarious experiments as agreed upon at the latest SPSC meeting. The ResearchBoard took note.
4. REPORTS AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THE LHCC MEETING OF 23-24 JANUARY,1997
E. Iarocci reported on the meeting. The main topic had been the discussionof the ALICE proposal. The referees had delivered their final report. Productionschedules, milestones and current status of R&D had been reviewed andfound acceptable. The committee had completed the full assessment of thescientific, technical and financial aspects of the proposal and had comeout with a detailed written recommendation of the project see enclosure3). E. Iarocci gave a perceptive description of the ALICE proposal recallingthe essential detector features and the aims of the physics programme,emphasising both the weak and the strong points of each of them. The principalreferee U. Goerlach) described in considerable detail the management structureof the collaboration and its organisation, concluding that the projectappeared to be under control and working well.
The Research Board discussed the above reports at some length. L. Foàpresented the cost analysis and gave a favourable opinion on the financialside of the project. The sociological and constitutional aspects of thecollaboration were examined in depth and found to be quite satisfactory.In conclusion the Research Board approved the ALICE project underthe detailed statement here attached under enclosure 4.
5. OTHER BUSINESS
The next Research Board meeting will take place on Thursday, 10 April,1997.
1. Minutes of the 19th ISC meeting held on 2 December 1996 ISC96-33/ISC 19).
2. Minutes of the 32nd SPSC meeting held on 21-22 January 1997 SPSC97-3/SPSC 32).
3. Minutes of the 26th LHCC meeting held on 23-24 January 1997 LHCC97-11/LHCC 26).
Recommendations of the LHC Committee LHCC97-12/M9).
4. Approval of ALICE.
[ 1] Minutes of the 129th meeting of the Research Board held on 21 November1996 DG/RB 96-249, M129).
[ 2] Magnetic moment of 67Ni and 67NiÆ 67Cub-decay Oxford-Maryland-Michigan State-CERN-Mainz-
Lund-Chalk River Lab.-Nove Sad-NICOLE& ISOLDE Collaborations; ISC 96-28/P79).
[ 3] Investigations of deep-level Fe-centres in Si by Mössbauerspectroscopy Aarhus-Berlin-Göttingen-Konstanz-Troitzk;
[ 4] Studies of high-Tc superconductors doped withradioactive isotopes Aveiro-Göteborg-Grenoble-Leipzig-Leuven-
Lisboa-Porto-Sacavém- Stockholm-Warsaw-CERN;ISC 96-30/P86).
[ 5] A proposal for a common muon and proton apparatus for structureand spectroscopy COMPASS Collaboration;
[ 6] Common muon and proton apparatus for structure and spectroscopyCOMPASS Collaboration;
SPSLC 96-30/P297 Add. 1; SPSLC 96-55/M592.
[ 7] Request for a test of a liquid argon TPC on the neutrino beam Milano,University and INFN; SPSLC 96-57/M594).