CERN Visit

This post is part of an archived series of blogs called The LeVine Line, written by former Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine during her time at U.S. Embassy Bern.

25 June 2014

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit CERN in Geneva. I went for two reasons:

  1. As a self-professed geek… well – that’s reason in and of itself
  2. Part of learning about the Swiss is understanding their role as neutral convener and collaborator. The main offices of CERN – an international organization that has thousands of scientists from all over the world working alongside one another – are well-hosted by the Swiss and provide a tremendous example of what can be done when global collaboration is facilitated.

As Rolf-Dieter Heuer, head of CERN shared: “the sun never sets on the science of CERN”.

Below are some of my photos and here is a link to the professional photos they took at CERN. Also – here is a Google “Street view” of CERNs various experiments. Note – it says “Street view” but what’s funny is that it’s actually about 100 meters below the surface (that’s where they were able to finally get to a stable – albeit Jurassic – layer).  Many thanks to the folks who took us through the tour – and especially to the Head of International Relations, Dr. Rüdiger Voss!