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Thermotechnisch Instituut, Heverlee, Leuven

Colloquium organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of CERN, the 50th anniversary of ISOLDE and the 40th anniversary of LISOL

A colloquium is organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of CERN, the 50th anniversary of ISOLDE and the 40th anniversary of LISOL....

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Prague, Czech Republic

Interactive exhibition: “60 Years of CERN”

The exhibition will immerse you in the world of particles and new experiences, featuring a unique student-built cloud chamber, an...

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Helsinki, Finland

Inspiration to learning

Why do scientists present the results of top-level research to the general public? Should schools open their doors to the world of res...

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Germany, Bonn University

Official ceremony to celebrate CERN’s 60th anniversary

Ceremony by invitation only.   Live webcast at 6 p.m.   For more information about CERN60 events in Germany, click here. ...

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KFKI Sports Centre and the Wigner Data Centre, Budapest, Hungary

Open Days

Programme   Presentation about CERN and the Wigner Data Centre (30 minutes).   Tour of the Wigner Data Centre (30 minutes). An ID ca...

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Italy, Science Festival in Genoa

Conference “ The time machine” – A journey in time

Participants:   Sergio Bertolucci, Director of Research and Scientific Computing at CERN Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS experiment at CERN A...

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In the framework of the annual Science Week, 17 – 28 September 2014

Projection of Particle Fever in Oslo at Cinemateket on the following dates : 18 September 25 September 26 September 28 September 30 Se...

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Slovak Technical Museum, Košice, Slovakia

Public lecture: "Higgsov bozón - našli sme ho? Ak áno, čo ďalej?” (in Slovak) by Dušan Bruncko

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United Kingdom
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Collider exhibition

From 23 May, visitors to MOSI will be transported into the heart of one of the biggest scientific experiments of our time: the Large H...

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CERN is celebrating 60 years of science for peace in 2014

Seeking and finding answers to questions about the Universe Pushing back the frontiers of technology Bringing nations together through science Training the scientists of tomorrow

The year 2014 holds a particular significance for CERN: on 29 September it will be exactly 60 years since the Organization was founded.

CERN was established after the Second World War by a handful of Europe’s leading scientists who saw an opportunity to construct an international laboratory for fundamental research that would bring nations together through science. Today CERN has 21 Member States and many other countries from around the world also participate in its research programme. In 2014, CERN is celebrating 60 years of science for peace!

To celebrate this anniversary in style, CERN has put together a rich and attractive programme offering something for everyone: public lectures, guided tours, practical demonstrations and exhibitions inspired by science. In 2014, CERN will be abuzz with these exciting events!

CERN’s Member States are also hosting events to celebrate this anniversary. A variety of events of all kinds will provide a great opportunity for exchanges between the scientific community and the general public.

To learn more about the events at CERN and in the Member States, click on the interactive map.

Upcoming events

Come to experience this amazing scientific adventure with us!

CERN, Main Auditorium
CERN People

Internal lecture

"LEP I era (1984-1994)" with a celebration of Herwig Schopper's 90th birthday by John Ellis, Horst Wenninger and Herwig Schopper.


3.30 p.m. - 3.45 p.m.: Coffee


3.45 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.: LEP1 : the Ascent of the Standard Model by John Ellis


4.30 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.: CERN’s support for the LEP machine and the collaborations during the LEP construction period 1984 to 1989  and preparation for the LEP energy upgrade and for LHC during LEP I operations 1989 to 1994 by Horst Wenninger


5.15 p.m. - 6 p.m.: The Spirit counts - People at and around CERN by Herwig Schopper


Lecture webcast for the general public here.

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CERN, Globe of Science and Innovation

Colloquium: "60 years of CERN – 60 years of Science for Peace"



4 p.m. ‐ 6 p.m. Part 1 of the colloquium:

4 p.m. - 4.05 p.m.: "Introduction" - Rolf Heuer

4.05 p.m. - 4.45 p.m.: “Sixty years of CERN in the evolving international landscape” by Giora Mikenberg

4.45 p.m. - 5.25 p.m.: “CERN and Eastern European countries during the Cold War” by Michal Turala

5.25 p.m. - 6.05 p.m.: “SESAME:  a parallel universe in the Middle East?” by Eliezer Rabinovici


7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Part 2 of the colloquium:

7.00 p.m. - 7.40 p.m.: “Scientific research, proliferation and disarmament” by Jonathan Forman

7.40 p.m. - 8.20 p.m.: “The World Wide Web and human rights” by Jillian York

8.20 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.: “Basic research for education and society” by Riitta Maijala


By invitation only.


Live webcast of the colloquium entitled

60 years of CERN – 60 years of Science for Peace

17 September 2014 at 4 p.m. here.


Colloquium in English, with simultaneous interpreting into French.

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Geneva, Cinémas du Grütli

Cinema and Quantum Physics

From antimatter to time travel and parallel worlds, quantum physics has always been a source of inspiration in the cinematic world.

To mark CERN’s 60th anniversary, we invite you to join us on a journey through time and space. The four films chosen, ranging from Hollywood fiction to documentaries, will be followed by discussions with physicists to help the audience to gain a better understanding of the science behind the captivating stories.




14 September at 8.15 p.m.: Angels and Demons, by Ron Howard, 2009, 138 Min.

15 September at 8.30 p.m.: A Brief History of Time, by Errol Morris, 1991, 80 Min.

16 September at 8 p.m.: The End of Time, by Peter Mettler, 2012, 109 Min.

17 September: Inception, by Christopher Nolan, 2010, 148 Min.

18 September: From the Godfather to the God Particle, Masterclass by Walter Murch, 90 Min. Learn more about this event, click here


Films are in English with subtitles in French.


More information about the programme here



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Here you will find a series of articles and photos bringing you the latest news on the 60th anniversary celebrations.

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Book now for CERN's 60th anniversary celebrations

Tickets for the 60th anniversary concerts and films organised in September to mark CERN’s 60th anniversary are now available for booking.

Don’t miss out! Book your seats for the concert by the United Nations Orchestra on 19 September, the film "Particle Fever" and the "Comedy Night" show on 20 September, and finally the concert by the CERN choir at Geneva’s Victoria Hall on 30 September.

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