(European Center for Nuclear Research), was founded in 1954, and is now made up from over 20 State – Members.
It is located on the border between France and Switzerland, and it has the biggest collider of particles in the world
: the LHC. This collider has a circumference of 27 km, and is buried 100 meters under the surface.
The study of particles, created during the colliding of protons allows scientific understanding of mysteries in the universe.
In 1992, George Charpak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics thanks to his invention: the particle detector. It is also at CERN that the World Wide Web was developed, which is so important now in our daily lives.
: Route de Meyrin
+41 (0)22 767 76 76 / Contact CERN
Since 2009, CERN has been trying to mobilize all kinds of local audiences in order to make them sensitive to the stakes of basic research in physics.
The Big Bang passport
is a marked cycle route, 54 km long, around the LHC
, the particle collider located in between France and Switzerland.
On this route, there are 10 interactive terminals
giving information about each site. These terminals will also help you to answer the questions of the “Mission LHC”
, in the Big Bang leaflet that you can find at the Tourist office of Pays de Gex – la Faucille, or online at www.passeportbigbang.org
. The goal is to inform the audience about the research undertaken at CERN, and to make the research centre part of the local environment and culture
, as well as to promote green mobility.