Geneva, 14 October 2004. On 19 October, CERN1's 50th anniversary celebrations reach a climax with a ceremony to be attended by Heads of State, along with representatives of the governments of all the Organization's Member States and Observers.
Journalists are welcome to attend the event, but accreditation is necessary in advance.
Accredited journalists attending the event will have full access to the ceremony, and there will be a fully equipped press centre from which the ceremony can be followed on a big screen. Sound feeds (analogue XLR) will be available in the press centre as well as the main ceremony tent, as well as telephone, fax and Internet access2. Non-accredited journalists will have access to the press centre only.
The programme for the official ceremony (15:00 – 17:00) is as follows:
- Opening address: Dr Robert Aymar, CERN Director General
- Keynote speech: CERN's scientific achievements and their impact on society
Professor Federico Mayor Zaragoza, UNESCO Director General 1987-1999
- Messages from the Heads of State of Switzerland, France and Spain (information correct as of 14 October 2004)
- Closing address: Professor Enzo Iarocci, President of CERN Council
For EBU member broadcasters, the full event will be available live from 14:00 on Eutelsat W3. This will cover the arrival of delegations between 14:00 and 15:00, as well as the ceremony from 15:00 to 17:00.
It may be possible to organise interviews with members of the delegations after the official ceremony. Please communicate your requests to the press office in advance.
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