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World’s fastest, largest, hottest, coldest… These are just some of the incredible records a new scientific machine will lay claim to when it’s completed later this year. Constructed 100 metres underground, the Large Hadron Collider spans the border between Switzerland and France. This 27km giant built by CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, will have taken scientists 13 years of effort from its approval to completion.

Join James Gillies to find out more – what is it exactly, how does it work and why go to all that effort? Prepare for a wild mental leap back in time and hear how the collider will recreate fleeting moments just after the Big Bang, some 13.7 billion years ago. It’s expected to bring a wealth of knowledge – from insights into the minuscule subatomic realm to revelations about the infinite universe – and signal the dawn of a brave new world of physics…

This evening costs £15 per person, which includes a drink and a special two-course meal inspired by particle physics. A slide show of striking photographs from CERN will accompany the main course.

Dinner@Dana is part of the Café Scientifique network. Meetings aim to stay outside of the traditional academic context by creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which to discuss scientific issues. These Cafés provide a place for everyone to explore the latest ideas in science, technology and medicine.


James Gillies, Head of Communications, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Switzerland