CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4)
CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI4)
20-22 October 2005 CERN
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Access to the CERN site
Contact Persons for Logistics
Moving around in CERN
Meals, drinks and food
Social Events
Money and Communication
All about CERN in … 7 sentences!
What to do while at CERN
Geneva Tourist Information
Further Information on Geneva



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:


Access 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 [Top]

Joanne Yeomans and Susanne Schaefer are responsible for the running of the workshops. You can contact them at 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.


Moving around in CERN [Top]

CERN buildings

A printed plan of the CERN site will be available from the welcome desk or ask at the CERN reception or entrance.

Bus terminus:

CERN Reception:

Hostel Reception:

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 pm

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 shop
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, newspapers, postcards, phone cards, etc.

Other service points
There are kitchens and drinks machines in the basements of each hostel building.

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 dinner at the CERN Restaurant (food bought at personal expense at the canteen counter). A special part of the dining room will be reserved for the OAI4 participants from 8pm onwards. Please bring with you a bottle of wine (or some drinkable equivalent) from your country 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 approximately 3 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 by a guide from the tourist office. "Come 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.

    Meeting point:
    CERN Entrance 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 Neuve).

    Cost: Free (bus ticket cost 3CHF per hour, that is 3CHF each way).

    Reservation for Geneva tour is obligatory, places limited.

  • Saturday evening meal: 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 restaurant.
    Note: last number 9 bus back to CERN from Gare Cornavin: 00:19.
    Noctambus runs from Gare Cornavin to Hôpital de la Tour at 00:40 , 01:01 , 01:27.

    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 sauces)
    Parfait mocca flambé

    Reservation 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 accounts)
  • a mailing service
  • other services (Publifax, phone cards, telegrams, stamp collectors' service, telephone booths, packet kit sales service).

Location: Building 63 (Main Building)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
Telephone: 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 sales (loans, 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 from inside CERN), part of the OAI4 organisation team.


All about CERN in … 7 sentences! [Top]

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.

Interesting books:

· 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. - 210 p.

· 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 and Demons

If you want to learn more about CERN, you can have a look at our general public web pages.


What to do while at CERN [Top]

CERN Microcosm Exhibition

Microcosm 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 OAI4 workshop will be "100 years after Einstein" which celebrates the hundredth centenary of Einstein's annus mirabilis and the Year of Physics.


Geneva Tourist Information [Top]

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 the Lake.


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.

Opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday 9am-7pm
Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-7.30pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday closed

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 [Top]

Arcade d'information de la Ville de Genève
Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève
Tél. +41 (0) 22-311 99 70

Closed on Sundays.


Office du Tourisme
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
1201 Genève
Tél. +41 (0) 22-909 70 00

Closed on Sundays from 1 September to 15 June.



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