CERN Looks To Tweetup On Eve Of Open Days
August 29, 2013

CERN Looks To Tweetup On Eve Of Open Days

Peter Suciu for – Your Universe Online

The origins of the universe still remain very much of mystery, but a lucky few may get to take part in a special tweetup in Geneva next month at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, and even get a behind-the-scenes preview in advance of CERN’s Open Days on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29.

Between now and Sunday, September 8, CERN will select participants from a handful of @CERN Twitter followers, who will be invited to take part in an exclusive tweetup visit of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel, 100 meters underground.

In addition, participants will be invited to a lunch with CERN physicists in the laboratory’s restaurant, and of course get to Tweet from where the World Wide Web was born.

The entry form is available now.

All applicants must be over 18 years of age, and must intend to travel to CERN for the day of Friday, September 27 in order to attend the event in person. Attendees are responsible for all expenses and logistics involved in travel and accommodation.

Even with the prospect of having to work out the details -- not to mention paying for the expense of flying to Switzerland -- the chance to head to CERN is certainly an inviting one. Last year’s first-ever tweetup, which was held on July 25, saw more than a million followers apply. Only a lucky five Twitter followers -- Tweeps as they are known to CERN -- were chosen to visit the same days as the STS-134 astronauts.

Those who weren’t able to attend still took to the micro-blog social media site and prompted more than 1,000 tweets and re-tweets in just 24 hours.

This year’s tweetup at CERN comes in advance of the largest particle physics laboratory in the world opening its door when it will invite more than 10,000 physicists from all around the globe to visit and carry out experiments. These scientists will descend on CERN with the common aim to advance the understanding of the fundamentals of matter and even explore the nature of the universe.

But they won’t be alone this year.

During the open days on September 28-29, many CERN sites will be open and free to the public, and at this time visitors will be able to discover 35 sites on the surface. These sites, which include the Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), the Computer Centre, Cryogenics Laboratory and even a FunZone for younger visitors, are open to the public free of charge and without the need to book in advance.

However, those looking to take part in an underground visit should act fast, as these are now being booked and -- given the rarity of the center’s opening to the public -- will likely fill up quickly.

For those who are unable to head to Switzerland, there is still the option to take part in 140 discussions on the origins of the universe by following the conversation on the #CERNtweetup hashtag on Twitter.

CERN straddles the French and Swiss borders near Geneva and was founded on September 29, 1954.