Europe’s particle physics laboratory, Cern, is to build a new facility dedicated to scientific education and outreach.
The Science Gateway facility will be based at Cern’s main site at Meyrin, near Geneva, Switzerland, the organisation announced on 27 March. The aim is to create a hub for scientific education and culture in line with Cern’s mission to share knowledge and technology with society, and inspire younger generations, it said.
Aimed at engaging audiences of all ages, the building will include laboratories for hands-on scientific experiments for school children and students, exhibition spaces, and a large amphitheatre to host science events. It has been designed by architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, whose past projects include the Shard in London, and is being funded through donations, including one from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.