As part of its mission to educate and engage the public in science, CERN is launching the Science Gateway, a new facility dedicated to science education and outreach.
The Science Gateway will be hosted in a new, iconic building on CERN’s Meyrin site, designed by world-renowned Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects. Construction is planned to start in 2020 and be completed in 2022.
The purpose of the project is to create a hub for scientific education and culture in line with CERN’s mission to share knowledge and technology with society and to inspire the younger generations with the beauty of science. Aimed at engaging audiences of all ages, the Science Gateway will include inspirational exhibition spaces, laboratories for hands-on scientific experiments for students from primary to high-school level, and a large amphitheatre to host science events for experts and many other audiences.
The Science Gateway will be funded through donations and will receive a special contribution from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), as part of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project on Science and Technology dissemination and to honor Sergio Marchionne, its long-serving CEO who recently passed away.
CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti will host a media event and unveil the project together with Renzo Piano, Antonio Hodgers, President of the State Council of Republic and Canton of Geneva and FCA Chairman John Elkann, among other donors.