CERN is celebrating its anniversary - invite your neighbours!

On 24 and 25 May 2014, CERN will be organising a weekend of discovery to celebrate its 60th anniversary with its (our) neighbours. Come and help us to welcome them as a volunteer!


CERN is celebrating 60 years since its establishment - 60 years during which the region and the Laboratory have developed strong links. To celebrate this collaboration, two days of visits and activities for everyone living in the region are being organised.

Underground visits to the CMS detector in Cessy, the LHCb detector in Ferney-Voltaire and the LHC machine in Échenevex will be held throughout the weekend. Some 6,000 visitors are expected to make the most of one of the last chances to visit the underground installations before the LHC is restarted next year. These visits are open only to people aged 12 years and over and are by reservation only.

Members of the public are also invited to take part in fun activities at the site of the CMS experiment in Cessy. The programme includes demonstrations and experiments involving superconductivity, cryogenics, precision measurements and even robotics. Younger visitors will have the chance to build machines out of Kapla blocks or Lego. These activities are open to everyone, are free of charge and do not need to be booked in advance.

If you want to introduce your friends and neighbours to CERN, invite them to come and enjoy this weekend. As the underground visits are aimed primarily at residents of the local region, they can be booked only at the CERN Reception and at the tourist offices and town halls listed on the event's website:

We need your help!

CERN is looking for several hundred volunteers to lead guided tours and surface activities and to direct visitors over the two days. All help will be appreciated – tell your colleagues!

If you want to take part, sign up at


by Corinne Pralavorio