At the end of June 2016, 36 Year 12 Physics students took part in the annual trip to CERN in Switzerland.
At CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
CERN was a fantastic and informative trip that gave valuable insight into what it is like to have a career at the cutting edge of physics research which hopefully inspired many students to pursue it.
During the trip we also had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful area of Geneva and take a tour of the United Nations Office. Housed at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General at Geneva. A focal point for multilateral diplomacy, UNOG services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world. With more than 1,600 staff, it is the biggest duty station outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York.