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CERN’s artists on stage at the Victoria Hall as Fabiola Gianotti receives the 2024 prize from the “Fondation pour Genève”

The prestigious award ceremony, held in Geneva’s Victoria Hall, was also an opportunity to celebrate the CERN community

Three images showing the event

Left: The Canettes Blues Band opening the ceremony; Centre: Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General receiving the prize from Marc Pictet, president of the Fondation pour Genève. Right: The CERN Choir closing the ceremony. (Image: CERN)

On 13 May 2024, members of CERN’s vibrant community attended, and some performed at, the prestigious Fondation pour Genève prize ceremony at Victoria Hall. Since 1978, the annual prize has honoured Geneva citizens and institutions that contribute to the international influence of the city in scientific, political, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields. CERN received it in 1999. For the 2024 prize, CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti was the recipient, honouring her exceptional commitment to the international influence of Geneva.

Musical contributions from the CERN community were at the heart of this celebration, which began with the Canettes Blues Band performing ATLAS Boogie and ended with an excerpt of Niccolò Jommelli’s Requiem performed by the CERN Choir. Interspersed throughout the evening were various testimonials, including from CERN community members. Presentations showing CERN’s 70-year history and the newly inaugurated Science Gateway, CERN’s state-of-the-art centre for education and outreach, celebrated the scientific and cultural impact of CERN in Geneva.

Watch the full award ceremony on the Fondation pour Genève website.