Science at CERN
Applications now open for funding towards partnership trips to CERN in 2023/24.
Published: 1 November 2023
If you are a teacher at a current Ogden partnership secondary school, or you work at a school that has previously been part of the partnership programme, you could be eligible for funding to support a school trip to CERN.
CERN is an inspiring world-leading particle research facility that can enhance and enrich a young person’s understanding and appreciation of physics. A visit to CERN can ignite a lasting interest in the subject and make students aware of the wide range of careers available in research, engineering and broader physics.
“The Trust wants to make sure that inspirational educational experiences such as a visit to CERN are available to students regardless of their background or financial situation,” explains Programme Officer, Natalie Sidney. “Ogden Funding for visits to CERN is available so that schools can support pupils who might otherwise not be able to make the trip. The feedback that we get suggests that these visits can really build or renew a passion for science for the students and their teachers too, as well as providing new experiences and opportunities.”
Wayne Tabernor, Head of Physics at Alder Community High School and Ogden lead for the Tameside Regional Partnership recently led a trip to CERN for 32 students, before the visit they went to a lecture at Lancaster University so they could get an insight into the science at CERN and chat with lecturers. “The thing I gain most from my visit [to CERN] is the interaction with my pupils talking about physics outside of the curriculum.”
If you are planning a trip to CERN between autumn 2023 and summer 2024 please read our funding guidelines to check that you are eligible to apply and to start your application.
We will be hosting an application webinar on 23 November (3.30–4.30pm) to support you in making your application and planning your trip. In the webinar we will explain the funding guidelines, offer advice on how to plan a physics-based itinerary, and share tips from recent trip leaders. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As.
The current round of funding will close on 1 December 2023.
Don’t forget you can also download our How to guide for planning a trip to CERN which includes useful suggestions and ideas.
Further CERN funding opportunities will be open from:
- 15 January to 15 March 2024 (application webinar 21 February)
- 29 April to 14 June 2024 (application webinar 15 May)