Behind-the-Scenes @ CERN, Geneva

Thursday 18th September 2014 @ 18:00
to Sunday 21st September 2014

Members from Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee's team, Department of Physics and CMS experiment at CERN

Guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN with a privileged visit to the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment which identified the trace of a Higgs Boson in 2012.


So great was the interest in our tours of CERN that we were delighted to organise a fourth visit for our Members.

A hugely exciting, three-day trip for members-only was arranged to Geneva at the start of the academic year. Tailored visits to places of interest for Friends, accommodation and dining options were all organised in advance.

Following a welcome dinner on the first evening, the itinerary of hosted visits began with a tailored tour of CERN on the Friday morning to see the AMS control room and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with access to the CMS facility underground.

In the afternoon, there were visits to the super conducting magnet test facility, the Large Hadron Collider control room and the Synchro Cyclotron presentation.

Other bespoke tours over the weekend included a visit to the Musee d'Histoire des Science - housed in the beautiful 19th century neoclassical Villa Bartholoni as well as a bespoke guided tour of the Old Town of Geneva perched on the hill above the lake concentrating on the scientific history of the city.

The museum displays an intriguing collection of scientific instruments from the offices of Geneva-based scholars from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes microscopes, telescopes, sundials, astrolabes and ornate globes. The age-old scientific instruments cover numerous disciplines including physics, astronomy, medicine and meteorology.

Venue: CERN, Geneva

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