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Tonight: Researchers’ Night at CERN

Tonight, CERN will be open to the general public to celebrate science


Tonight: Researchers’ Night at CERN

What do bioluminescence, body tech, robotics, liquid nitrogen and space have in common?

Researchers’ Night at CERN. Tonight, CERN will be open to the general public to celebrate science, for the eighth year.

From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Globe of Science and Innovation, visitors can program their own robot and be amazed by bioluminescence, watch science documentaries and prize-winning short films, and visit different parts of CERN.

Matthias Maurer, European Space Agency astronaut, and Mercedes Paniccia, Senior Research Associate for the AMS space experiment will debate “Why do science in space?” (in French, with English interpretation).

For  those unable to travel to CERN,  there will be virtual tours of experiments via Facebook Live (available in several languages):

  • 6 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. Tour in Finnish
  • 7 p.m. - ALICE, the experiment that studies quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter thought to have existed just after the Big Bang. Tour in English
  • 8 p.m. - CERN Control Centre, the nerve centre from which all of CERN’s accelerators are controlled. Tour in English. 
  • 9 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. Tour in Serbian.
  • 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. Tour in Lithuanian.

Full programme available at: http://cern.ch/nuit.