CERN “Accelerating Science” exhibition is being held between 2nd of April and 8th of July at an area of 400 m2 located at the closed tennis courts behind the METU Cultural and Convention Center. The opening ceremony consisted of the speech of the Director General of CERN, Professor Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer.


The exhibition is free of charge and parking lots are available for visitors. The exhibition will be open everyday of the week (between 10.00-18.00 in weekdays, between 10.00-20.00 in weekends) for the entire duration of the exhibition which is three months.

It is recommended that large groups make appointments before coming to the exhibition. For more information, please kindly call 0312 210 7132.

The goal of the exhibition;

is to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity about the origin of the Universe and the basic constituents of matter. It shows how experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will unravel some of the mysteries of the Universe, and it displays the connection between fundemantal research in the past with technologies of the present.

The exhibition consists of the;

  • entrance tunnel, taking the visitor back to the time of Big Bang;
  • Big Bang theatre, narrating the history of the Universe;
  • particle zone, displaying the basic structure of matter
  • mystrey room, talking about the mysteries of  matter and the Universe;
  • CERN research area, showing how research at LHC is done;
  • display ‘our world is built on basic research’, linking basic research to our daily life.

At the exit of the exhibition, posters displaying the contributions of Turkish universities to CERN and providing information about METU Physics Department will be displayed.


 Videos from the Opening Ceremony:

Opening Speech of the Director General of CERN, Professor Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Opening Speech of the President of METU, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Acar

CERN Exhibition Opening Concert


This exhibition has been developed by CERN in partnership with the University of Geneva, thanks to the generous support of the Dudley Wright Foundation. The exhibit in Ankara, Turkey has been made possible with the contributions of Office of the President and Physics Department of METU. The exhibition was translated by the METU School of Foreign Languages and Physics Departments; and the voice-overs were recorded by RADYO ODTÜ.

CERN is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status. Since 1966, METU Physics Department has been participating in CERN research projects and as of now, 12 academic personnel and a total of 16 graduate and PHD students are working on 3 different projects.


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Exhibition Area:

Five short tunnel sections (‘transfer pods’) join together the five main zones, transporting the visitors fron one theme to the next. The exterior walls feature decorative imagery, the exhibition branding and the exhibition title. Tha panel texts are written in Turkish and English. A significant part of the exhibition consists of the interactive media (touch panels and games) that are particularly attractive to younger audience. The level of the exhibition is suitable for visitors from age 12 and older.

Exhibition Brochure:

The exhibition brochure can be reached via this link.


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CERN web site:

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Last Updated:

18/11/2013 - 13:46