President Visits CERN in Geneva

President Visits CERN in Geneva

President Čaputová visited CERN, the seat of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva on Friday 21 May 2022. 

The president noted that it is the largest international research organization in the world and attracts the best minds from all over the world. “CERN is best known for its Large Hadron Collider; I had an opportunity to admire its grandiosity with my own eyes 60 meters underground.  Many famous technologies such as touch screens (developed to control colliders) and the world wide web also known as “www” were created here. Scientific inventions connected with CERN are also used for cancer diagnostics and treatment.”

The president emphasized that many significant technologies that we use daily would not have been created without public investments in basic research conducted by such institutions as CERN. “Fabiola Gianotti, the Director-General of the Centre personally thanked me for Slovakia’s important contribution.”   

According to the President, a new collider with a circuit of up to 100 km can be another breakthrough investment. Gigantic steps in our knowledge of basic physics are expected from it. President Čaputová also met the Slovak experts working at CERN. She was accompanied by Peter Chochula, a physicist and deputy coordinator for the ALICE detector control system.