CERN and Solvay launch STEM education program for high school students

CERN and Solvay, a Belgian science company, today announced the launch of the CERN-Solvay training programme. The three-year partnership, developed by these two leading science organizations, aims to inspire young people around the world to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and aspire to careers related. It will be part of the educational portfolio of Science Gateway, CERN’s new flagship project for science education and popularization due to open in summer 2023.

The program combines distance and on-site learning, allowing students to engage with the field of particle physics and explore its connection to understanding the universe. Operating under the slogan “Discover your inner scientist: there are no limits to what you can explore”, the program includes hands-on online experiences designed to demonstrate that science is accessible to everyone, regardless of age. or their academic experience. Students will also have the opportunity to explore scientific topics related to CERN research and work on a research project in an authentic STEM workplace at one of the world’s leading scientific research centres.

“As a center of scientific excellence and the cradle of technology and innovation, CERN is a source of inspiration for physicists and aspiring physicists around the world, regardless of age, gender or culture. said Fabiola Gianotti, Director General of CERN. . “This partnership with Solvay will encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM, giving them the opportunity to become more deeply involved in the work we do at CERN and have a unique learning experience that could profoundly shape their future. career.”

“At Solvay, we believe that STEM education has a crucial role to play in reinventing progress. It is by encouraging students’ enthusiasm for science and technology today that we can train the great researchers of tomorrow,” said Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay. “By working with a leading scientific organization like CERN, which shares our passion for STEM education, we aim to inspire the next generation of scientists with knowledge, confidence and hands-on experience in the field. exciting part of particle physics.”

For CERN, as the largest accelerator-based particle physics laboratory in the world, the program is a way to inspire and train future generations of scientists and engineers. Likewise, for Solvay, the partnership is another new venture in the company’s extensive corporate citizenship program, one of the main pillars of which focuses on promoting education.

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About CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s leading particle physics laboratories. The Organization is located on the Franco-Swiss border, with its headquarters in Geneva. Its member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Cyprus, Estonia and Slovenia are Associate Member States in the pre-stage to Membership. Croatia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine are Associate Member States. Japan and the United States of America currently have observer status, as do the European Union and UNESCO. The observer status of the Russian Federation and the JINR is suspended in accordance with the CERN Council resolutions of March 8, 2022 and March 25, 2022, respectively.

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About Solvay

Solvay is a science-based company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 21,000 employees in 63 countries, Solvay brings together the people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared values ​​for all, in particular through its Solvay One Planet roadmap articulated around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and promoting a better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, aircraft, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the top three global companies for the vast majority of its activities and achieved net sales of 10.1 billion euros in 2021. Solvay is listed on the stock exchanges of Euronext Brussels and Paris (SOLB).

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Helen D. Jessen