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Greenbank visit Cern, Geneva

Greenbank go to Geneva - CERN

Before we depart...

Forty of our highest performing Physics students from the Separate and Additional groups in Year 11 are visiting Geneva from the 13th to 15th October. The main purpose of the visit is to visit CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider and the biggest Physics experiment in the history of Science. We are also visiting the Geneva Office of the United Nations, one of the most important organisations working for world peace and equality.

We are travelling by train to Liverpool and flying from Liverpool John Lennon airport on Monday the 13th. We arrive in Geneva and are staying at the Geneva YHA near the city centre.

On Tuesday we will take the tram to the outskirts of Geneva, near the border with France, where CERN is situated. In the morning we will visit their public exhibitions, Microcosm and The Globe. We then lunch in the CERN canteen along with hundreds of the thousands of Scientists, from all over the world, who work there. In the afternoon we will have a three hour tour of the facilities and parts of the experiment with CERN staff and Scientists. After travelling back to Geneva we are eating out at Edelweiss Restaurant, with traditional food and entertainment.

The flight from Geneva on Wednesday leaves in the evening. Before this we will have time to see the sights in Geneva and visit the United Nations. We will have a tour of the buildings, visiting some of the meeting rooms, and be informed about the current activities and history of the UN. We arrive back in Manchester late in the evening and will return, by coach, to Greenbank.

On our return... 

We arrived back in Southport at about half past midnight on Thursday morning, tired but satisfied with a fantastic three days. CERN lived up to expectations with interesting visits to the public exhibitions, Microcosm and The Globe; then lunch in the CERN restaurant surrounded by many of the world’s top Physicists – the food was good too! After lunch we had a lecture from Bill Murray from the ATLAS experiment then a visit to CMS, the Compact Muon Solenoid. We were lucky enough to be taken 100m underground, to the CMS detector chamber on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring. This is expected to be one of the last times for about two years that visitors will be allowed down. The LHC is starting up again soon as the world’s biggest Physics experiment in history continues to search for evidence of our origins.

The next day saw us take a boat across Lake Geneva with some tourist time in the city just below the Cathedral. The main activity seemed to be buying chocolate so hopefully some of the parents have had a nice surprise if any made it home safely! We then travelled by tram to The United Nations in the Palais des Nations and after some heavy security to get in were given a wonderful and informative tour of the building and meeting rooms. It was really awe inspiring to look in on rooms where discussions affecting world peace were taking place. We had a wonderful time. The staff worked tirelessly, our guides at CERN and the UN were marvellous and, above all, the girls were good fun, interested, respectful and a pleasure to be with.


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