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CERN Visit

On 21 June 2013, twelve members of WiN-IAEA, WiN France and WiN Switzerland visited CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. The visit was initiated by WiN-IAEA and hosted by CERN’s

Diversity Programme. CERN is home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the 27-km Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC produces head-on collisions between two beams of highly accelerated protons, which allow scientists to explore new territory in matter, energy, space, and time, for example the detection of the HIGGS boson. Four  detectors – ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb – observe the collisions.

Due to the current shut-down of the LHC, WiN members were able to visit one of these detectors, ATLAS, 92 m below ground level. With a diameter of 25 m, a length of 46 m and a weight of 7000 tons, ATLAS records 3200 terabytes of data per year, which is equivalent to approximately 3 billion books. 3000 scientists from 38 countries and 174 universities and laboratories work for the ATLAS experiment. For more information, please see: and

After the tour, WiNners exchanged views and experiences with female scientific and managerial staff of CERN. The visit
created new relationships across borders and opportunities for future interactions, thus strengthening the network between WiN chapters and beyond.

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