Researchers’ Night at CERN

On Friday, 29 September 2017, budding scientists, beginners and aficionados of all ages will come together for Researchers’ Night at CERN, a free and fun bilingual event.

For eight years, the Laboratory has opened its doors to the general public one evening a year for this celebration of science. It is a pleasure to welcome all these curious people and to share science’s latest discoveries, all equally surprising. The invention of the Web is one that is part of everyone’s daily life, and there are many more! Come and discover this unexpected science and prepare to be dazzled!

From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Globe of Science and Innovation (Meyrin), be amazed by bioluminescence, program your own robot, visit ATLAS (recommended for those over 12 years old) and the antimatter factory (for those over 16 years old), or discover the link between coffee and physics – and much more! There will even be a surprise for the first 400 visitors!

The second half of the evening will take you to space with the debate “Why do science in space?” with special guests Matthias Maurer, European Space Agency astronaut, and Mercedes Paniccia, PhD, Senior Research Associate for the AMS space experiment. Come prepared with your questions!

Food trucks will be available all evening to please your taste buds and quench your thirst.  

If you’re unable to travel to CERN, take a virtual tour of the experiments from your armchair! Tours will be conducted in several languages on Facebook Live from various CERN venues as follows:

  • 6 p.m. - CERN Data Centre, where all the data from all the experiments are stored and shared using the world’s biggest scientific computing grid. 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 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 questions of particle physics and co-discovered the Higgs boson in 2012. Tour in Lithuanian.

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Free entry
Debate in French with simultaneous interpretation into English



29 September 2017



Minimum age



English and French


Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN, Meyrin

How to sign up

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