Parliamentary Delegation Visit Hadron Collider in Cern

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Huw with delegation along with Welsh Scientist, Professor Lyn Evans one of the original developers and former leader of Large Hadron Collider Project

CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is located along the Franco-Swiss border, near Geneva, Switzerland and is home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, where collisions of protons and other ions are observed and recorded.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM as part of a parliamentary delegation recently visited the Large Hadron Collider and met with scientists from Wales involved in this and related scientific projects. Professor Lyn Evans (seen in photograph) is one of Wales’ foremost scientists in particle physics and one of the original project developers of the Large Hadron Collider and particle accelerator in Cern. The delegation were particularly focussing on the role of physics and STEM subjects in education, and the way in which programmes at CERN can link with education (especially sixth form/FE and HE) to inspire teachers and students.

Following the visit Huw said: “It was a great experience witnessing this impressive facility and hearing about our Welsh scientists’ involvement. I have written to the Head Teachers and Head of the Sixth Form Faculties in Ogmore schools to draw their attention to the many programmes for educators and students run from CERN which can truly enhance the learning experience for our students, and help to further inspire our science teachers. These programmes include a fully-funded UK and Welsh Teacher programme which allows science teachers to visit CERN and learn directly from the scientists and engineers who work there. I am hoping this information will be passed onto the science teachers to ask if they would consider making use of the programmes available. Schools from Wales have been under-represented on these programmes in the past, though more and more are now taking up the opportunities.”

Take a look at the links below for a fascinating insight on the CERN project:

CERN virtual visits using Google Street View: https://visit.cern/tours/online-visits

Information on visiting CERN, aimed largely but not wholly at schools and teachers:  www.stfc.ac.uk/research/particle-physics-and-particle-astrophysics/cern/visit-cern

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