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Cristina Bahamonde Castro

The CERN-Solvay student camp takes off

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From the camp to the grand opening of the CERN Science Gateway – igniting the sparks of scientific exploration and innovation in tomorrow's STEM leaders

Solvay is thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural CERN-Solvay Student Camp. This pioneering event marks the culmination of a year-long partnership with CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, aimed at igniting a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) among younger generations.

Solvay's unwavering commitment to education and nurturing the future generation of STEM professionals has driven the company to partner with CERN to create the CERN-Solvay Student Camp. This immersive program, designed for aspiring scientists aged 16+, is scheduled to tak place from October 1st to 8th, coinciding with the opening of CERN’s new education and outreach center, Science Gateway.

The camp will provide a week-long residential experience for 30 international students from 29 countries, promising to be a game-changer for the participants. It features a diverse range of activities, including:

  • Hands-on experiments that bring the world of particle physics to life.
  • Exclusive tours of CERN's cutting-edge facilities, providing an up-close look at groundbreaking research.
  • Enlightening lectures and Q&A sessions with experts in the field, offering valuable insights into the world of STEM careers.
  • Opportunities for students to collaborate in small groups on exciting research projects, guided by CERN physicists and engineers.
  • Cultural exchanges promoting a global perspective on science, enriched by gender equality and cultural diversity.

The CERN-Solvay Education Program, which includes the camp, forms an integral component of the educational offerings within the CERN Science Gateway. Backed,  among others, by Solvay, CERN Science Gateway will be inaugurated on October 7th and aspires to serve as a source of inspiration for the upcoming generation of scientists and technologists. 

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“We are proud to stand as a partner in both of CERN’s transformative endeavors, exemplifying our unwavering commitment to advancing education and nurturing a profound interest in science among the next generation,” said Ilham Kadri, Solvay CEO.




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“To share the beauty and utility of science with students and the public is one of CERN’s objectives, and significant opportunities will arise with our new education and outreach center, the CERN Science Gateway,” said Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General. “We are very grateful for the support of Solvay for the Science Gateway and the CERN-Solvay education program: both will provide unique learning experiences for students and encourage new careers in STEM. "

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Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 22,000 employees in 61 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet roadmap crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €13.4 billion in 2022. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (SOLB). Learn more at

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's leading laboratories for particle physics. The Organization is located on the French-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, Türkiye 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 of JINR is suspended in accordance with the CERN Council Resolutions of 8 March 2022 and 25 March 2022, respectively.