The TEDxCERN 2013 venue: the Globe of Science and Innovation
You may have heard of CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — or as it’s more commonly known, the home of The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.
CERN and its LHC are famous for their role in the recent discovery of what very likely is the Higgs boson, a particle crucial to the standard model of physics, but — now — CERN will be the home to another exciting first: their first TEDx event.
On May 3, 2013, Europe’s massive particle physics laboratory will bring together thinkers of all kinds to examine our universe and provide some insight into why the study of it matters.
"Science is everywhere," says TEDxCERN’s organizers. “Our lives as individuals and our survival as a society depend on its its thoughtful development. In order to move into a more robust future we need to inspire even more young people to become part of a new generation of scientists; we need to celebrate and encourage scientific thinking, and to above all convey that science matters to everyone.
"Going beyond particle physics, TEDxCERN will provide a stage for the expression of science in multiple dimensions and disciplines, unveiling a world in which physics intersects with other multi-dimensional disciplines and thought."
Thirteen speakers will grace the TEDxCERN stage, including
George Church, who helped initiate the Human Genome Project;
the “father of grid computing” Ian Foster; 18-year-old grand prize winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, Brittany Wenger; renowned philosopher John Searle; TEDster and molecule-3D-printing-master Lee Cronin; Planck Collaboration team member and winner of the 2012 RAS Fowler Prize, Hiranya Peiris; and Zehra Sayers, chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for SESAME (Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East).
The TEDxCERN will take place in Switzerland at CERN — in the laboratory’s beautiful Globe of Science and Innovation (pictured above). The event will also be webcast live at several different venues across the globe, including a special TEDxAthens event.
For information on how to host your own TEDxCERN livestreaming event, visit the Simulcast page on TEDxCERN’s website.
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(Globe photo by Flickr user davidpc_)