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The Future of CERN
A public dialogue organised by the Club of Amsterdam about CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, Switzerland - famous for its particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron Collider.



CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research is the bravest global scientific endeavour of all time. With such a multi-faceted project it can be difficult to grasp its massive impact on human life. Einstein's legacy compels us to drive ever further to push the boundaries of our knowledge. As a young kid Einstein dreamed of surfing on a light wave. This dream - now transformed - is still the motivation of many scientists from the CERN community. The fascinating relationship between our daily environment and the fundamental level of particles is a seductive one.

CERN also has strong political backing. The almost 4 billion euro Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a manifestation of political support for a scientific obsession: looking for God's particle, the Higgs particle. With CERN we are at the limits of our reality, our imagination and our knowledge.

Some even fear the possibility of a Godlike backlash.
Walking through this immense installation where super high technology meets meticulous craftsmanship you can almost feel a sense of mysticism.

The awesome and nearly unprecedented scale and impact of this project raise many questions. In dialogue with Dr. Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Computing of CERN we will dive into the nature of CERN.

We will touch the scientific aspects. Does God play dice? Is CERN bringing us closer to a greater understanding of the universe?

Is this open collaborative science a new paradigm for science in general?
The societal aspects are also huge. The Internet was a spin off of CERN practices, will the GRID change our ways of collaborating and our means of organising?
The political elements are also clear: Is there a unifying power in the practice of CERN and can this have an impact on our political mentality?


 

About the Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.

It organises events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publishes findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Its goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. We currently have more tan 4,200 members globally.

The Club of Amsterdam is a not-for-profit foundation registered in The Netherlands.

 

the future of CERN

Thursday, June 3
, 2010
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15

Location:
WTC - World Trade Center, Metropolitan Boardroom of Amsterdam In Business, D tower 12th floor, Strawinskylaan 1, 1077 XW Amsterdam
http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/event.asp?contentid=812

The conference language is English.

The event is supported by Amsterdam inbusiness and the Swiss Embassy The Hague.

Socratic conversation with Dr. Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Computing, CERN, moderated by Humberto Schwab, Philosopher, Physicist


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The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.

We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society.

The Club of Amsterdam is a not-for-profit foundation registered in The Netherlands.

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