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Alumni assemble! “Third collisions” event to take place in February 2024

Major CERN alumni event to be held at Science Gateway on 9–11 February 2024


CERN Alumni Third collisions

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CERN alumni are invited to come together on the weekend of 9–11 February for a major reunion event at CERN’s new Science Gateway. Held at the start of CERN’s 70th-anniversary year, the event provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what makes CERN such a special place: you and all the others who have contributed in many diverse ways!

The theme of the event is “Accelerating beyond”. This highlights the important role CERN can play as a career launchpad, as well as the positive impact CERN alumni – and technologies – frequently go on to have on wider society. CERN alumni now working in fields such as AI, the environment, data science and healthcare will present their fascinating work at the event. As at previous “collisions” events, there will also be a focus on diversity. This is especially important for this edition, with the final day of the event coinciding with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The event will also feature keynote talks on the future of CERN, a gala dinner, a jobs fair, CERN tours, workshops with alumni startup companies, entertainment, sporting activities and much more. In addition, there will be a special prize-giving ceremony, with awards going to alumni who have made a significant positive impact on wider society and alumni who have helped to foster growth of the CERN Alumni Network. Most importantly though, the event will provide a wonderful opportunity to catch up with former colleagues and establish new connections.

This will be the third major “collisions” event organised by the CERN Alumni team. The first edition was held in 2018 and the award-winning second edition was held in 2021 (online only, due to the coronavirus pandemic).

“Whether you’re a CERN alum or you’re working at CERN today, join us for this exclusive weekend,” says Rachel Bray, Head of the CERN Alumni programme. “We have talks and activities guaranteed to both inspire and entertain you, as well as opportunities to reconnect and develop your network.” The network continues to grow rapidly, with active groups across the globe. Today, there are almost 9000 members from over 100 countries.

Save the date for this exciting weekend, which will be jampacked with inspiration, insights and ideas. The event is open to alumni, current members of personnel and “plus ones”.  A full list of speakers – and other special surprises – will be announced soon. Registration will also open soon. Places are limited, so make sure you’re a member of the CERN Alumni Network and stay tuned to the weekly alumni newsletter to find out as soon as tickets become available.

You can also help shape the upcoming alumni event by completing this survey and telling us what you’d like to see over this special weekend.