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Virtual CERN created for global alumni event

The Second Collisions CERN alumni event will take place online, with participants able to explore the CERN site virtually


Second Collisions CERN alumni event
Scenes from the virtual recreation of CERN made by the company Miltton for the event. Clockwise from top left: the Main Auditorium, building 40, the Reception entrance, the Esplanade des Particules with the Globe. (Image: CERN)

CERN alumni – and current personnel – are set to come together on 1–3 October for the Organization’s second major reunion. The event, which was announced in August, will see participants roam and network within a virtual recreation of the CERN site. Locations reinvented digitally include the Globe, the Esplanade des Particules, the Main Auditorium, Building 40, IdeaSquare and the Restaurant 1 terrace. Participants in the event will have the opportunity to explore these places and discover captivating keynote talks, fascinating networking discussions, interactive games and virtual underground visits, as well as a range of exciting surprises. Most importantly, participants will be able to meet one another in this virtual space – uniting people across the globe for this special one-of-a-kind event.

Like real-world conferences, the event will also feature booths showcasing a wide variety of organisations and activities. There will be booths where participants can learn about the latest exciting developments from entities such as CERN openlab, IdeaSquare and CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group. Some others will be run by pioneering companies, including CERN spin-offs, start-ups and established businesses. Information on employment opportunities will also be available at the booths run by representatives of these companies.

The event has the tagline “Research Matters”. The goal is to delve into the ways in which those who have worked at CERN – as well as those working at the Laboratory today – have a positive impact upon society. This is reflected in the line-up of exciting speakers, which features thought-leaders in space, AI, quantum computing, humanitarianism, logistics, physics, medicine and much more (see full programme below).  The organisers have also lined up a series of special awards for alumni who have contributed to developing the network and supporting CERN’s mission, as well as those who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in impactful sectors. Join us to find out their stories too.

The weekend will be jam-packed with innovation, insights and ideas. (Image: CERN)

Don’t miss out: join the hundreds already signed up for this exclusive weekend here: https://alumni.cern/page/secondcollisions. Register by 30 September and we’ll see you at CERN – virtually!