On 13/10 the day that I and 30 other PMI Belgium members anxiously anticipated for months was upon us, the day that many of us could cross out one of our bucket list activities: visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Geneva, Switzerland). To make it even more special, this in the year they celebrate their 60th anniversary. The event was to summarize in one word: mind-blowing!
This event was made possible via the great cooperation with Stephan Vandevoorde, Professor Mario Vanhoucke, Jacques Neyns and the amazing people at CERN themselves, such as Professor Pierre Bonnal (Senior Project Engineer at CERN; Expert, researcher and lecturer in project management),
Doctor Bertrand Nicquevert (Doctor in Industrial Engineering; Project Coordinator at CERN),
Professor Jorgen D’Hondt (Professor in Physics; Chairperson of the CMS Collaboration Board, CMS experiment at CERN).
The day started with an amazing presentation by Professor Pierre Bonnal on the long standing pioneering history of Project Management within the field of particle physics at CERN. Followed by the moment everyone was waiting for, the trip to the LHC, waiting for us nearly 100m below sea level.
This exiting and very informative journey has been guided by Doctor Bertrand Nicquevert, a very grounded, knowledge and funny person in his own right.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is something, not only mind-blowing, but also mind-boggling. The share size of it (25m in diameter and 35m in diameter), for taking pictures, measuring, calculating, ‘understanding’ particles that are smaller than a hairpin to be found on Earth….
After some time, having taking in the importance of this great piece of engineering and it’s tremendous impact on our past, current and future understanding of the life as we know it, we went back.
There next next part of the day would take us on the 3D completion of this massive civil engineering undertaking. A great 3D CERN movie on the completion of the LHC project.
After having lunch in the break room at CERN, there was one more activity planned; a presentation on the Large Hadron Collider and it’s important impact on the society we live in today. This very surprisingly informative insight was provided by Professor Jorgen D’Hondt.
This was truly an amazing opportunity, which lived up to its expectations. I really hope that in the future we are able to organize more of this kind of events. PMI Belgium, going global, getting to know the world, getting to know themselves even better! I had a blast.
Director of Communications