The world’s biggest particle physics laboratory is celebrating “60 years of science for peace” this month and swissnex Boston is helping to commemorate this jubilee from across the Atlantic!

Event Details


Harvard University Science Center
Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States


October 09, 2014 - November 09, 2014


On September 29th, 1954, the CERN Convention entered into force, officially establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research with 12 European member states.


Now the world’s biggest particle physics laboratory, CERN, is celebrating “60 years of science for peace” and swissnex Boston is celebrating this jubilee from across the Atlantic with a special program of events this month.

During the month of October,  swissnex Boston will offer a special glimpse into the inner workings of CERN through the photo exhibition Inside CERN: Photography by Andri Pol.

In addition, every thursday in October will be a CERN Thursday! CERN Thursdays will offer an array of  keynote speakers and events designed to highlight the past, present and future of CERN.



To attend, click on a date to register for an event!

Thursday 10/9/14 | 6 – 8 PM

Collide@CERN Artist in Residence |  Lecture by Julius von Bismarck 

Inside CERN: Photography by Andri Pol  |  Exhibition Opening with Photographer Andri Pol

Thursday 10/16/14 | 6 PM

Particle FeverFilm Screening and Talk with Director Mark Levinson

Thursday 10/23/14 | 6 PM

Discoveries at CERN | Panel Discussion with Masahiro Morii, Melissa Franklin, John Huth, Matthew Schwartz, and Cumrun Vafa

Thursday 10/30/14 | 6 PM

“Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place: The Quest to Excite the Empty Universe” | Lecture by Melissa Franklin



The exhibition Inside CERN showcases a selection of photography by Andri Pol, a renowned photographer who spent a year documenting the world’s largest particle physics laboratory through the lens of his camera.  The exhibition will be on display throughout  the month of October to mark the 60th Anniversary of CERN.

Inside CERN

Inside CERN


Thursday, October 9th

On October 9th, 2014, swissnex Boston kicks off its month long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of CERN with two events that offer us a special glimpse INSIDE CERN.


Collide@CERN Artist in Residence  |  Lecture by Julius von Bismarck

Artist, Julius von Bismarck, willl be present to share his experience as an Collide@CERN Artist in Residence with a lecture where he will discuss the projects & performances that have resulted from his one year stay at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.


Julius von Bismarck

Julius von Bismarck (b. 1983) grew up in Riad, Saudi Arabia and Berlin, where he currently lives and works. He studied Visual Communication and Fine Arts in New York and Berlin. In 2013, he graduated from Olafur Eliasson’s Institute for Spatial Experiments as Meisterschüler. His work method varies and generates apparatuses, installations, sculptures, videos, photographs and performances. Julius von Bismarck studies allegedly scientifically justified explanations of the human realm of experience. His work exposes and interferes with these culturally constructed realities.

His works are included in numerous solo and group shows at galleries, museums and biennials. Julius von Bismarck received several awards, among them the Prix sec Collide @CERN in 2012 with a conjunct residency at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).


Inside CERN: Photography by Andri Pol  |  Exhibition Opening Reception

Following this talk, we will celebrate the opening of the photography exhibition: INSIDE CERN with reknowned photographer Andri PolWith his lens, Andri Pol has captured an authentic and candid glimpse INSIDE CERN. During the opening reception, Andri will offer a few remarks about his period at CERN and the resulting remarkable colllection of photography exhibited in the book of the same name: Inside CERN.

Andri Pol

Andri Pol

Andri Pol, born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1961, is a freelance photographer. In his work, he seeks out the remarkable in the every day. He has published several books, including the bestseller Gruezi–Seltsames aus dem Heidiland (2006) and Where is Japan (2010). His work is featured in various international magazines and publications. Andri Pol studied at the Lucerne School of Art & Design, and the London Royal College of Art.


Thursday, October 16th

Particle Fever  |  Film Screening and Talk with Director Mark Levinson


Thursday, October 23rd

As CERN celebrates it’s 60th anniversary, a panel of experimental and theoretical particle physicists will meet at Harvard to talk about the great discoveries they have witnessed.  The panel will discuss how their scientific and personal lives intersected with CERN’s programs, and the next discovery they hope to be a part of.



Thursday, October 30th

“Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place: The Quest to Excite the Empty Universe” | Lecture by Melissa Franklin

Melissa Franklin discusses, “Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place: The Quest to Excite the Empty Universe.” This lecture is part of the Science Research Public Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by FAS Division of Science.



Photography: Courtesy of  CERN; courtesy of Andri Pol.