CERN's interactive centre, "Science Gateway", a further step in bringing science closer to society


CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), one of the most important research laboratories, located in Geneva, is home to the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, located at a depth of 100 metres and consists of a 27-kilometre ring, in which proton and ion particles collide at a speed almost equal to the speed of light, with the aim of creating the conditions to provide answers to the enigmas of the Universe.

With the aim of bringing science closer to society, CERN has inaugurated the Science Gateway, a set of tubular facilities, inspired by the great accelerator, comprising five exhibition areas, laboratories, and an auditorium, adapted for all ages from 5 years upwards, and which will be able to cater for the 500,000 visitors a year.

The Science Gateway, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and funded entirely by donations, features numerous interactive experiences, videos, animations, virtual and augmented reality, etc. in which the public can participate directly under the guidance of CERN volunteer staff, giving visitors the opportunity to interact with scientists.

In addition, 400 trees have been planted in the surrounding area so that visitors can enjoy an urban forest.

For more information: Science Gateway (CERN)

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