The Region of South Bohemia has managed to have a unique interactive exhibition called 'Accelerating Science' to the Czech Republic, specifically to the town of České Budějovice. The exhibition was created by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva with the support of the Dudley Wright Foundation.
The exhibition aims to encourage young people's interest in science and technical education. Therefore, pupils of primary and secondary schools from 12 years of age are the main target group, who will be able to visit the exhibition as a part of their school lessons. Naturally, the exhibition is intended for the general public as well.
For the public:
Monday - Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends, public holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Booking and more information
Telephone: +420 387 878 453
Description of the Exhibition “Accelerating Science”
The interactive exhibition consists of two zones interconnected by tunnels:
· Zone 1 – Origin and evolution of the universe: Includes an audio-visual presentation on the origin and evolution of the universe from its very beginning at the Big Bang to the present times. The story of the universe is described in more detail graphically as well as textually on the inside walls.
· Zone 2 – Particles: A software animation smoothly transports visitors from the world of human dimensions into the microscopic world of atoms, nuclei and particles. The amusing animation shows how particles interact by exchanging messenger particles. Interactive games simulating particle acceleration and collision invite visitors to discover the relationship between energy and matter. These presentations are complemented by large graphic panels on the inside walls, where visitors can see the basic constituents of matter and four fundamental forces. An interactive presentation on the touch screen allows visitors to become acquainted with particles, the story of their discovery, and some of their properties.
· Zone 3 – Mysteries: contains screens dedicated to some of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe. Through interactive panels, the visitors can listen to explanations from scientists talking about the mysteries that interest them most, and they can learn about their ideas to answer some fundamental questions.
· Zone 4 - CERN and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC): A large screen features an aerial view of the countryside above the LHC tunnel, with an animation showing the path of particles going through the CERN accelerators. Moreover, a model of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) stands next to it, equipped with a model of its magnet in the actual size as well as a model of the ATLAS detector at a 1:25 scale, containing a large video screen displaying trails of particles generated by the collisions of protons. A video screen shows a film about the most significant moments from the installation of the LHC and the four detectors. Finally, an interactive screen offers the opportunity to become acquainted with fascinating facts about the technical superlatives that became a reality in the LHC.
· Zone 5 – Fundamental research in everyday life: It consists of interactive systems illustrating the wide range of technologies that we take for granted nowadays (TV, mobile phones, satellite transmission, medical diagnostics, GPS, www and Internet). The visitors can use the multi-touch interface to explore different areas of technology (communications, electronics, energy and medicine) and to find out which of today's applications are based on the fundamental research performed in the past.
CERN is an international European scientific institution, whose full name is the “European Organization for Nuclear Research”. Being the largest research centre for particle physics in the world, it is often called the European laboratory for particle physics.
29th September 1954 can be considered the date of birth of CERN, as on this day the representatives of the twelve founding member states ratified the Memorandum of Association.
Since its inception, the laboratory has become a shining example of successful international cooperation, being the first such joint European project. From the original 12 signatories to the agreement establishing CERN, the number of member states gradually increased to 21 (see http://home.cern/about/member-states).
Six other countries and organizations (India, Japan, Russia, USA, EU and UN) have the observer status, while three countries are on the path to membership, and a further two other countries are the so-called associated members. CERN cooperates with top experts from many other countries. Since 1993 the Czech Republic has been one of the member countries as well.
The CERN laboratory is located on the French-Swiss border west of Geneva at the foot of the Jura Mountains. The facilities available in CERN are used by more than 11,000 scientists, which is more than half of all physicists concerned with particles in the world. The scientists represent as many as 800 universities and other professional institutions from nearly 70 countries.
CERN is engaged in pure science - fundamental research in the field of the smallest structures in the core of matter, which is the furthest we can see nowadays. They seek to find answers to deep - although actually natural - questions: What is matter? How did it originate? What are its basic structural elements? What holds them together? How are they involved in the creation and arrangement of more complex things in the nature and the entire universe?
The laboratory researches the composition of matter, but also plays an important role in the development of future technologies. The measurements carried out by scientists at CERN represent an important testing ground for the industry as well, since the progress of experimental particle physics requires new instruments with high accuracy and using new technologies in various fields. Owing to its first-class technical facilities, the CERN laboratory plays an important part in the education and professional advancement of not only scientists, but also technicians. The current scope of the technical training programme and the qualified management attracts many talented young professionals. Many of them eventually prove successful in industry, where their experience of working in a multinational environment is highly valued.