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Secondary schools from the Ogden partnership programme can apply for funding to help support a trip to CERN.

Published: 6 February 2023

The Ogden Trust continues its programme of support for partnership secondary school trips to CERN, offering funding towards the cost for students who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Applications for funding are now open for schools planning trips in summer 2023 through to spring 2024. All applications should be made before Thursday 3 April 2023.

Please visit our CERN trip funding page for more information on eligibility for funding and how to apply.

“The Trust wants to make sure that inspirational educational experiences are available to students, regardless of their background or financial situation,” explains Programme Manager, Paul Sapple. “Funding for visits to CERN is now 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 really ignite the love of science for the students and their teachers as well as providing new experiences and opportunities.”

CERN large Hadron Collider

copyright: CERN

On trips to CERN, students learn about the astonishing particle physics research that is taking place as well as meeting some of the physicists who work at this awe-inspiring facility. Interactive museums give the students a great insight into the history and science of CERN.

Schools often include cultural excursions in Geneva too, with visits to the UN buildings, science museum and red cross museum often on their itinerary; a traditional fondue evening, has become something of a partnership tradition on CERN visits!

If you are unsure of your plans and wish to discuss future opportunities for CERN funding, please don’t hesitate to email Paul Sapple about your individual circumstances.

Please be aware that COVID protocols for entering Switzerland and CERN are still in place, and these may change over time. It is your responsibility to fully consider and understand these requirements before planning a trip; an award of funding is not a reflection of a school’s ability to meet the requirements. Please click the link to read about the COVID-19 protocol.


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