If you wish to stay in a CERN hostel, indicate
your choice on the workshop registration form. Full details are
now given on the arrivals page:
to the CERN site [Top]
Please see the arrival procedure for information on how
to obtain your access card.
You should carry your card at
all times - especially if you leave the CERN site.
After 7:00 pm and at weekends Entrance A (the entrance nearest
to the hostels and workshop location) is closed.
Between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am you must use Entrance B (main entrance).
Contact Persons for Logistics
Joanne Yeomans and Susanne Schaefer are responsible for the running
of the workshops. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at the phone number +41-22.767.24.31 from outside Switzerland
(022-76-72431 from within Switzerland or 72431
from inside CERN). Susanne's
office is located in building 3/1-017
near the OAI4 conference rooms.
around in CERN [Top]
A printed plan of the CERN site will be available from the welcome desk or ask
at the CERN reception or entrance.
Main workshop room:
OAI4 Organisation Team (office 3/1-017):
Meals, drinks and food [Top]
A self-service restaurant is available on site,
where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drinks and other
snacks are served outside meal times. Coffee/tea and croissants will be served to participants in the morning break
and coffee/tea in the afternoon break.
Prices for a meal range from 10 to 20 CHF.
Restaurant 1 Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 07:00 am – 01:00
Saturday-Sunday: 07.00 am- 11.00 pm.
Coffee and a small snack will be served during the breaks in the workshop programme.
Souvenirs and Chocolate
The shop, located in Building 501 next to the restaurant, is open from 7:00
am to 5:15 pm (Monday to Friday). You can buy cigarettes, Swiss chocolate,
Other service points
There are kitchens and drinks machines in the basements of each hostel
The petrol station opposite CERN entrance B sells a small selection
of food, newspapers, drinks (including alcoholic drinks)
and cigarettes and is open later than the CERN shop and at weekends.
For later-opening shops it is necessary to go further from CERN
using the bus.
Social Events [Top]
There will be an OAI4 official welcome dinner
on Thursday 20 October at the CERN Restaurant 1.
All participants are invited.
On Friday 21 October there
will be a wine-sharing evening at the CERN Restaurant 1.
Participants can have a self-service
the CERN Restaurant (food bought at personal expense at the
canteen counter). A special part of the dining room will be
the OAI4 participants from 8pm onwards. Please bring with
you a bottle of wine (or some drinkable equivalent) from your
to share with other participants at the dinner.
Saturday social events
Participants signed up for the CERN
experiment tour on Saturday 22 October will be guided, by one of our English
speaking guides, to see one of the underground detectors
for the new LHC experiment. The tour and video will take
hours (from 2pm - 5pm), meeting point at the Main Auditorium.
Reservation is obligatory, places are limited.
Tour of Geneva old town.
4pm - 6pm Saturday 22 October.
Wrap up warm! Participants who wish to sign up will be guided
on a walking tour round the old town
back through history and narrow passages to discover hidden
courtyards, fountains, picturesque squares, with a glimpse
inside the Cathedral and the Town Hall." The tour will take in
the paved streets of the old town, the Hôtel de Ville (Town
Hall), the Cathedral St-Pierre, the
old arsenal and the Reformation wall.
B bus stop at 15:00
for the 15:12 bus into town.
in front of Geneva Grand
Theatre, on boulevard
du théâtre by Place Neuve at
4pm. (Nearest number 9 bus stop 15 minutes walk away at Place
du Port or change at Gare Cornavin for the number 3 or 5 to Place
Cost: Free (bus ticket cost 3CHF per hour, that is 3CHF each
for Geneva tour is obligatory, places limited.
traditional Swiss food and entertainment in Geneva. Aperetifs
can be enjoyed in the restaurant from 6pm or earlier. Meal
reserved for 7.30pm start. Meet at the
number 9 bus back to CERN from Gare Cornavin: 00:19.
runs from Gare Cornavin to Hôpital de la Tour at 00:40 , 01:01
Choose from two fondue menus at the Edelweiss Restaurant, rue de la Navigation 2. Cost at participants' own expense. Drinks not included.
(People eating the same menu will need to be seated at the
same table as the fondue dish is shared)
Menu Chalet: 42 CHF
Délices des montagnes (plate of dried meats)
Fondue Edelweiss (Cheese and mushroom fondue)
Crème caramel "Maison"
Menu Chaudron: 48 CHF
Salade panachée (mixed salad)
Fondue bourguignonne (beef fondue with french fries and four
Parfait mocca flambé
for Saturday evening meal in advance is obligatory (including choice of menu).
Money and Communication [Top]
Currency and exchange rate
CERN restaurants and shops on site will accept either Euros or Swiss
Francs (though they have a preference for the latter). Geneva is
the nearest city and easiest place to reach for shopping and sightseeing
and there you will need Swiss Francs although major shops accept
Euros and credit cards.
CERN Post Office
The post office has
- a complete financial service (payments, orders, post office
- a mailing service
services (Publifax, phone cards, telegrams, stamp collectors'
service, telephone booths, packet kit sales service).
Location: Building 63 (Main Building)
to Friday, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
022-767 27 98
Fax: 022-782 44 06
BANK and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
Available 24 hours a day.
There is a branch of the Union de Banques Suisses (UBS) SA on the CERN
site (Bldg. 500). It provides the full range of normal banking
services such as over-the-counter operations, consultancy and
investment and back-up services) and also Swiss Franc and Euro
cash dispensers, with a very wide credit card range.
Bank office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Telephone: 022-783 21 88 or 022-783 21
84 (Bldg. 500)
Fax: 022-783 21 69
Public phones using both cards and coins, are located in the Main
Building (Bldg. 500), in the Post Office, in the hostels (Bldg.
38 and 39), etc.
Phone cards can be purchased at the Post Office (Bldg. 63), and
at the newspaper stand (Bldg. 501-Main Building)
Using the telephone:
For calling on site, use only the last five digits of the
phone number (e.g. 72431 instead of 76-72431).
If you need to send a fax, you can use the Publifax at the Post
Office, or ask Susanne Schaefer (office 3/1-017, tel: 72431
inside CERN), part of the OAI4 organisation team.
All about CERN in … 7 sentences!
Did You Know ?...
• That antimatter is routinely produced at CERN (more than
10 million particles per second).
• That the world's largest magnet, weighing more than the
Eiffel tower, is at CERN.
• That the vacuum in the Laboratory's accelerators is the
best between CERN and the moon.
• That CERN's biggest accelerator is 27 kilometres around,
and particles travelling near the speed of light lap it over 11000
times each second.
• That CERN's detectors are the size of four-storey houses.
• That over 1800 physicists work on the biggest experiment
being prepared for CERN's next accelerator. This experiment will
generate data at a rate about equal to everyone on Earth simultaneously
making 10 telephone calls each.
· Infinitely CERN (Memories from fifty
years of research 1954 – 2004 / Sciences & Histoire –
Editions Suzanne Hurter Histoire: Editions Suzanne Hurter 2004.
· Antimatter, the ultimate mirror / Fraser,
Gordon. - Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. - 213 p.
· How the Web was born: the story of the World Wide
Web / Gillies, James; Cailliau, Robert. - Oxford: Oxford
Univ. Press, 2000. - 372 p.
· The quark machines: how Europe fought the particle
physics war / Fraser, Gordon. - Bristol: IOP, 1997. -
· The search for infinity: solving the mysteries
of the universe / Fraser, Gordon; Lillestøl, Egil;
Sellevåg, Inge; Hawking, Stephen William. - New York: Facts
On File, 1995. - 144 p.
These books are on sale in the reception building 33.
... or you can read the science fiction story
by Dan Brown: Angels
If you want to learn more about CERN, you can have a look at our
public web pages.
to do while at CERN
CERN Microcosm Exhibition
takes you into the hidden corners of the universe. On the site of
the world's largest particle physics laboratory, CERN, the exhibition
has models, videos, computer games, and original pieces of equipment
- something for everyone.
Entrance is free. Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The exhibition is located in Bldg.
33 (CERN General Reception).
The Globe of Innovation
The Globe is CERN's new landmark, situated across the road from the Reception building.
It is open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon
from 2-5pm and the exhibition taking place during the
be "100 years
Einstein" which celebrates the hundredth
centenary of Einstein's annus mirabilis and the Year of Physics.
Geneva Tourist Information
The Old City
Hidden away in the Old City's picturesque narrow streets you'll
find a multitude of art galleries, antique shops, bookshops and
charming cafés. Leading off from the Cathedral, cobbled streets
and connecting passageways entice you to stroll around the Bourg-du-Four,
along the Promenade de la Treille or the Terrasse Agrippa d'Aubigné.
Parks and Lakeside
525 acres of public parks to relax in. As you walk along the quays
from the Botanical Gardens, past the Flower Clock and the Water
Jet all the way round to the beautiful rose gardens in the Parc
des Eaux-Vives and the Parc de la Grange, all Geneva's different
facets will unfold before you - from its gardens and buildings to
All sorts of shops from small boutiques (in the Rue du Rhône
neighbourhood and the Corraterie, in the Old City) to department
stores in the Rue de la Confédération, de la Croix
d'Or, du Marché ("downtown") and Coutance.
You can change money in the main Geneva banks,
stations and foreign exchange offices.
Geneva has many restaurants, brasseries and cafés. Most of the
museums and department stores have cafeterias as well: Le Barocco
at the Musée d'art et d'histoire and the café de l'Ariana Museaum
are particularly charming.
Further Information on Geneva
Arcade d'information de la Ville de Genève
Pont de la Machine 1
Tél. +41 (0) 22-311 99 70
Closed on Sundays.
Office du Tourisme
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
Tél. +41 (0) 22-909 70 00
Closed on Sundays from 1 September to 15 June.