European Researchers’ Night: Activities at CERN for All Audiences | 30 September

On Friday 30 September, CERN will be among the scientific organisations and institutes of over 300 towns and cities in Europe taking part in the European Researchers’ Night.


Activities for young and old, scientists and non-scientists alike, will be available in several languages from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., mainly in the Globe of Science and Innovation. Visits to other venues will depart from this point.

The programme will include:

  • screenings of science documentaries and prize-winning short films,
  • guided tours of the ATLAS Visitor Centre,
  • visits to the Universe of Particles exhibition.

Two food trucks will be available to please your taste buds and quench your thirst.

If you’re unable to travel to CERN, take a virtual tour of the experiments from your armchair! The tours will be conducted in several languages and will be webcast live from the various CERN venues as follows:

  • 6 p.m. - CERN Control Centre, the nerve centre from which all of CERN’s accelerators are controlled,
  • 7 p.m. - LHCb, the experiment that seeks to understand why we live in a universe that appears to be composed of matter but no antimatter,
  • 8 p.m. - CERN Data Centre, where all the data from all the experiments are stored and shared using the world’s biggest computing grid for science,
  • 9 p.m. - ALICE, the experiment that studies quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have existed just after the Big Bang,
  • 10 p.m. - CMS, the experiment that, like ATLAS, is exploring the great issues of particle physics and co-discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.

The annual European Researchers’ Night, which is now in its eleventh year, gives CERN an opportunity to tell the general public about its discoveries and advances and their impact on our daily lives. The invention of the World Wide Web and touchscreens are just two of many such examples. Come and discover others in the Globe of Science and Innovation!

Entrance free - No reservation needed

More information, webcasts and the full programme are available at:

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