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An Incredible Summer at CERN

by Kathryn Coldham

This summer, I had the extraordinary opportunity of being a CERN Summer Student. I was ecstatic when my CERN Summer School application had been accepted; I could not wait to contribute to cutting-edge research, attend the world-class Summer Student lectures, visit various CERN sites and meet people from around the world!

For the placement I worked alongside CERN intern Agustina Quesada, supervised by Dave Barney, EP-CMX group leader.  

Big Bang video wins international competition

A stop motion animation video on the Big Bang theory, created by pupils of the 3rd Primary School of Chios, Greece, under the guidance of primary teacher Despoina Armenaki (pictured below) has won an international competition on creating an educational video on astronomy. The competition was held by the OAD project "Looking …Up! Astronomy for ALL". The project aims to promote inclusive astronomy education. A total of 46 entries were received from six countries around the world.

A summer of open data

This is a guest post by Henna Silvennoinen, Mira Tengvall and Edith Villegas Garcia, who spent their summer at CERN, working on CMS Open Data.


The signs are in the air. And they couldn’t be more obvious. People wandering in tunnels, long queues in the canteen after the morning lectures, the local supermarket’s parking lot crowded with white bikes that have blue stickers on them…

Summer has arrived at CERN – and so have hundreds of students like us!

Visit CMS and the LHC with virtual reality

Guest post by Tom McCauley, a physicist and software developer working for the CMS Collaboration.

TL;DR: Point your phone's browser to this URL and use Google Cardboard to take a trip to CERN: http://cern.ch/cms-aframe


This month marks my tenth year based at CERN working on CMS and in that time I have seen the actual CMS detector twice: once above-ground as parts of it were being prepared to be lowered into the cavern and once underground in the cavern when it was all assembled. I’ve taken some long shifts when the LHC was first delivering collisions so have seen all I want of the CMS control room. It’s not surprising (in fact it’s probably expected) that a member of CMS has visited the underground cavern and control room. I would consider it very rare to have visited the LHC tunnel itself. Of course, if you are not based at CERN visiting any of these sites is impossible.

It occurred to me that since there are some nice panoramic images of the LHC tunnel, of the CMS cavern and of the CMS control room, why not use them to create a web application and allow one to visit rare places like the LHC tunnel in virtual reality in the browser? Actually the thinking was more the other way around: I want to learn a bit more about how to use virtual-reality tools, so what would be a nice thing to work on?

CMS A-Frame in a browser window (Image credit – Tom McCauley; original photograph – Max Brice/CERN)

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