The team of Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee FRS

A visit to see the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN including the Compact Muon Solenoid whilst they are down for maintenance.

The tour includes visits to the Science History Museum on the banks of Lake Geneva and scientific sites in the Old City.

Visit itinerary and overview:

Thursday 16 May

Attendees organise own transport to Geneva. Friends have a block booking for accommodation in Ferney-Voltaire, a small town in France conveniently located for CERN, Geneva airport and the centre of Geneva. Ferney-Voltaire is the accommodation centre following the positive feedback from Friends previous CERN trips.

19.00 Welcome drinks in the hotel 
20.00 Dinner for the group, Ferney-Voltaire 

Friday 17 May

From 7.30 breakfast (11€ per person per day, to be paid direct at end of stay)
8.30 Private coach transport to CERN
9.00 Exclusive tour of the CMS experiment including underground facilities and the CMS device itself
11.30 “CERN’s Large Hadron Collider construction and future studies from a civil engineering perspective”, bespoke lecture from John Osborne, Senior Civil Engineer, Future Accelerator Studies, CERN 
12.45 Lunch in the CERN canteen (to be paid direct on day)
14.00 Overall presentation of CERN, the LHC and visit laboratories and experiments above ground
16.30 Private coach transport back to hotel
Evening - Dinner for the group, Ferney-Voltaire 

Saturday 18 May

From 8.00 breakfast
10.00 Private coach transport to Geneva
10.30 Guided tour of Museum of History of Science
13.00 Guided tour of the archaeological site in the foundations of St Peter's Cathedral Court St


15.30 Guided walking tour featuring the history of scientific discovery in the Old City of Geneva 
Evening - Closing Dinner in Geneva

Sunday 19 May

From 8.00 breakfast 
This is the end of the formal activities however there is an exclusive guided tour available at the Chateau de Voltaire in Ferney-Voltaire for the morning.