The Higgs Boson and CERN are coming to Galway
By Kernan Andrews
If you want to know how the Universe came into being, how it works, what the ‘Higgs Boson’ is, and how to operate a model of the Large Hadron Collider, your chance has come.
CERN, the Geneva based laboratory for particle physics, and the operator of the actual Hadron Collider, is bringing its Accelerating Science exhibition to Galway.
The exhibition runs from Sunday September 16 to Friday November 2 at Leisureland, Salthill. It is primarily for students aged between 11 and 18 years, but can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in science.
The exhibition is available exclusively for secondary school tours from Mondays to Fridays and is open to the public at weekends and during midterm break. Teachers and members of the public are encouraged to prebook their place on www.eventelephant.com/galwayscience
Accelerating Science is taking place in partnership with the Galway Science & Technology Forum and sponsored by Boston Scientific. NUI Galway and GMIT, with assistance from Science Foundation Ireland, are also participating by providing physics experts for facilitated tours.
“It’s essential for our future success that we encourage the next generation to take up science, technology and maths-based subjects at school,” said Mike O’Flynn, managing director and vice president of operations, at Boston Scientific Galway. “This exhibition is aimed at doing just that - inspiring budding young scientists and engineers of tomorrow to make a big bang with their career.”
Dr Rolf Landua, head of education and public outreach at CERN said: “The first time that a CERN Exhibition comes to Ireland just happens to be when the elusive Higgs Boson might have been discovered. It shows how CERN’s researchers try to find out more about the laws of nature, the origin of the universe, the LHC and the huge particle detectors.”