Visit to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN

Thursday 16th May 2019 @ 00:00
to Sunday 19th May 2019

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.

This overseas visit is now full. You may wish to check the visit at the end of June and see if there are any places available for those dates.

You are very welcome to add your name to an ‘interested’ list as we may do further visits in the future.  Email our Administrator,, to be added to this list. You will then be sent details if, and when, we add a further visit.

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.

Friends look after room allocations, attendees then pay their hotel bills direct at the end of the stay. As a guide, single rooms are from 79€ per person per night, double/twins up to 115€ per night.

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.
Check out of hotel by noon

Event fee:

The event fee is £300 per person to cover all coach transport, tour tickets, guide fees, three dinners and Friends administration and host.

Additional costs to be paid direct by attendees include return travel to Geneva, breakfasts, lunches, local transport and hotel rooms.

Venue: Geneva

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on the Imperial College London Map