Mr. Maurizio Bona, Advisor to the Director-General of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) gave a lecture at GSD in February 2017 about: ‘Science for Peace in Diplomacy‘. After his lecture students were so enthusiastic and interested in the activities at CERN, that we recently organised a private tour for a group of students at CERN.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.
Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 member states. You can find more information about how CERN is governed and organised here.
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