Science pops in Balexert

From 8 to 12 September, a CERN exhibition was held in the central area of the Balexert shopping centre in Geneva. The various activities on offer attracted large crowds. The celebrations are continuing with events planned by POPScience for Researchers' Night on 24 and 25 September.


Discovering the Higgs field at Balexert.


The exhibition at Balexert, which was organised by the POPScience project, gave children and adults alike the chance to build the LHC out of LEGO™ (you can still vote for this to be produced commercially), complete a jigsaw puzzle of the ATLAS detector, and fire protons and experiment with the Higgs field in the interactive LHC tunnel created by CERN’s MediaLab team. The different stands were supervised by numerous volunteers from various departments within the Organization. Thank you to everyone involved!

Constructing the LHC...

While they enjoyed the activities organised by CERN, visitors were also able to find out about the many events planned for European Researchers' Night, which will take place on Thursday, 24 and Friday, 25 September. This event will see science presented through music, poetry and cinema. Notably, on 24 September, the event “Made of Shadow and Light”, organised by the University of Geneva, will include contributions from Gao Xingjian, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. On 25 September, events and activities will take place at FNAC, Pathé cinemas and the Balexert shopping centre from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The exhibition held at Balexert was also an excellent opportunity to remind the local public that CERN is open to visitors free of charge every week, as well as to announce the upcoming inauguration of the new Microcosm exhibition.

by François Briard