As you are all probably aware of by now, the steemSTEM community is currently organizing its first meetup. And as a group of science lovers, what could be better than meeting in a famous research location?
To achieve this, we chose to meet up at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland! However our meetup will not just be about exploring CERN… We will also go underground, and see the Large Hadron Collider from a few meters away! A dream for many scientists from all over the world.
This is an extremely unique opportunity, and it’s one that the members of the steemSTEM project/community get to experience ONLY because of doors opened up by STEEM/Steemit! Because of how unique this is, we feel it’s a really great opportunity to promote STEEM, the steemit platform, and of course our steemSTEM community! For more information on the steemSTEM project, the best place to check is our winter update. The steemSTEM team will be documenting the tour, with the hope that future Steemit promotional materials will be constructed out of the images and video that is shot as the community members tour this world class research facility.
How is all of this possible? Well, we (@steemstem) have the right connections…
A group of 20 Steemians will meet at CERN, on February 8th - 9th, to have fun, chat about science and technology (we are steemSTEM after all) and visit the place. In particular, they will be allowed to go down inside the Large Hadron Collider (the LHC) and visit the CMS detector. CMS is a huge magnet that allows detection of what is going on in the very highly-energetic collisions that are happening at the LHC.
Some more practical details now.
Our 20 participants are, alphabetically ordered: @alexs1320, @ana.luiza, @aurel.proorocu, @bendelgreco, @ceybiicien, @dber, @ertwro, @fredrikaa, @grandpere, @howo, @justtryme90 (+1 guest), @kerriknox (+1 guest), @lemouth, @reggaemuffin, @saunter, @scienceangel, @suesa, @tristan-muller
When: February 8th-9th, 2018
Most of us will arrive on the 8th of February, and we will meet in the evening for dinner, in Meyrin (at a steak place or an Italian place, TBD). The CERN visit will start on the 9th in the morning (10:00AM) and ends at 6:00 PM, roughly.
The detailed agenda
We will meet on the 8th around 8:30 PM in Meyrin (Switzerland) to go to a restaurant and have food, drinks and fun. This event is open to anyone, but please let us know (on our dedicated discord channel) so that we can arrange the practical details.
We will be scattered across Geneva and Saint-Genis for lodging, but the idea is to meet at the CERN main entrance at 10:00 AM. We will have 5 cars available to help us to move around the place (the LHC is a 27-kilometers-long circular collider; definitely not walkable). Thanks in advance to our 5 drivers @alexs1320, @aurel.proorocu, @dber, @justtryme90, @tristan-muller.
We will visit the two permanent exhibitions of CERN, namely the Microcosm and the Universe of Particles. They are really worthy to visit. @lemouth will be our private guide. For this part of the meetup, any last-minute participant could come. Please contact us (again) on discord for details.
We will have lunch on the way to CMS, located in Cessy. There is a nice Indian place in Ferney-Voltaire (France). By the way, Cessy is also a place where Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, lived some time ago.
During the first part of the afternoon, @lemouth will give a particle physics crash course so that you could understand what you will be supposed to see during the visit of CMS and of the LHC. He has started to post some lecture notes on steemit. #1, #2, #3 and #4. The slides are (partly) available on google drive.
We will go down to the LHC and get a private tour of CMS from 17:00 to 18:00. We will get two CMS guides just for us so that the meetup participants can enjoy this as much as possible.
The meetup will end right after the visit.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when visiting CERN. All visitors must carry their ID or passport when they are on site. Moreover, please read this document with the safety rules for the visit.
And for those not attending?
No worries. We plan to take plenty of pictures and also do some video recording to bring the experience home for you all to share as well. This looks to be an amazing community building event!