Get ready to book for CERN’s open day

Monday, 12 August, 2013

From 9.00 am to 8.00 pm on 28 and 29 September, sightseers will have the chance to explore the laboratories, technical halls, experiments and accelerators at the biggest particle physics centre in the world - CERN.

With the slogan ‘Our universe is yours’, these two open days will put the spotlight on CERN’s discoveries and experiments, as well as the fantastic machines that led to these discoveries.

CERN’s researchers, engineers and technicians are putting on a long weekend of events and activities as a way of sharing their research and discoveries with the community and the wider public.

There will be some 40 visitor points: highlights for visitors to explore on the surface will include experiments at the antimatter factory, the cryogenic and crystal laboratories and the halls housing the enormous magnets. Underground, they will be able to visit the points of the LHC - the world’s largest accelerator - and its experiments.

The open days have been scheduled within the Long Shutdown of the accelerators, during which important work is being carried out so that the LHC can run at a higher energy when it restarts in 2015.

As places on the underground visits are strictly limited, an electronic ticket office will be open throughout the second half of August: people will be able to reserve up to four tickets, which will be valid for a specific day and timeslot. The tickets will be made available on the website progressively over a period of three weeks to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to book them.

As well as the visits, numerous other activities and presentations have been planned. Around 100,000 visitors are expected over the course of these two open days. Free park and ride services will be provided to facilitate access, with shuttle buses from local car parks to the various CERN sites. All the visits and activities are also free of charge. Information is continually being added to the website.

Three other events are also being organised around these open days

On 27 September, CERN will celebrate its discoveries with its industrial and institutional partners. More than a thousand guests from businesses and institutes that collaborate with CERN are expected at this day of visits and presentations.

In the evening on 27 September, ‘Origins 2013’ will take place and will be streamed live online as part of the European Researchers’ Night, a European Commission initiative. Eminent scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, will take the floor at CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation in Geneva, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the Salaborsa square in Bologna to describe breakthroughs in research into the infinitely big and the infinitesimally small. These two fields of research converge, offering us a better understanding of the origins of our Universe. In addition, researchers will engage in discussion with small groups of visitors in a new kind of speed dating: scientific speed dating. This event, which members of the public must sign up to attend, is being organised in collaboration with the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (National Institute for Astrophysics, INAF), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and UNESCO, with the European Commission’s support. More information is available on the Origins 2013 website:

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