Ms Emily Galloway, Physics Teacher at St Christopher’s School has been selected to participate in the High School Teacher Programme, which will take place at CERN, Geneva, from Sunday 6 July to Friday 25 July 2014. Ms Galloway will be part of a group of 48 teachers from more than 20 countries worldwide who will have the exceptional privilege to see The World’s largest and most complex scientific instruments at work, and who will be guided through the experimentation underway at the frontiers of Particle Physics research. Ms Galloway will also be attending lectures on the latest theories in the fields of Particle Physics and Cosmology, presented by the leading experts in the field.
The CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva is the world’s largest research centre. Here, more than 100 metres below ground, we find the accelerator that simulates the conditions occurring fractions of a second after the big bang. This enables researchers from all over the world to investigate the structure of matter and the fundamental laws of nature. At the end of 2008, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is nearly 27 kilometres long – entered into operation. In the nineteen eighties, CERN was the birthplace of the World Wide Web.