Category Archives: Niels Bohr Institue

What a week(end)

Quite an interesting week(end) that just ended. Besides the follow-up work for the CERN Open Days (deciding in winners, cleaning up, preparing shipments, etc.), I was preparing the Kulturnatten (open days) event of the particle physics group at the Niels Bohr Institute. Unfortunately the central organisation did not spend as much time thinking about the event as we did. Anyways, I think we made the best out of it and it actually went quite well. We had one auditorium with usual stuff like posters, videos and the LEGO models, plus our new self-made cloud chamber, which worked like charm for several hours. I spent almost four hours straight giving talks about ATLAS and more. A fact my voice seems to thank me for now :(

That done, and after only three and a half hours of sleep, we had the 2013 Fotohalbmarathon coming up on Saturday. This year we ended up with in total twelve teams taking part in the end. Some entered late, some had to cancel on short notice. But it’s a nice number, and people seemed to have enjoyed it.

After that, I started preparing my trip to Manchester, which I am going to start in only a few hours. Once more, I had to disassemble and pack the original Copenhagen LEGO model and I will take it on the plane in a bit.

Together with some people from Manchester, I will rebuild it tomorrow and on Wednesday non other than Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs is going to sign it :)
I am admittedly quite excited :)


Build Your Own Particle Detector

During the preparation for the CERN Open Days, I came up with the new official logo!
As we will have some posters going along with the LEGO model and the construction competition, I though it would be a great idea to have one.
Let me know what you think of the design … I like it ;)


Thanks to the guy(s) from for the SVG LEGO man template.

Passeport Big Bang

On June 2nd CERN will celebrate the inauguration of the new Passeport Big Bang, an educative tour around the Large Hadron Collider.

As part of the inauguration event, I’ll be exhibiting the LEGO® ATLAS model and put up the station on the tour where visitors can win prices by building their own miniature models. For that purpose, and with the help from CERN, the HEP group at NBI and my private LEGO® collection, I put up a little box :)

2013-04-02 20-46-15 LEGO

If successful, we’ll doing the same thing during Kulturnatten in Copenhagen, October 11th 2013.


Kulturnatten – Culture night in Copenhagen

It was a long, but successful day yesterday!

I spent about 17 hours at the institute, but besides a bit of ‘regular’ work we managed to set up small but quite nice exhibition about particle physics, the LHC and CERN in general and ATLAS in more detail. This year we also managed to show the ATLAS LEGO model for the first time at Kulturnatten. With no surprise, quite a success! There were actually people coming specifically to see the model! :)

In addition to the little exhibition we had an extra auditorium were set up ATLAS Virtual Visits for the first time in Copenhagen. We had in total four 30 minutes live connections to the ATLAS Control Room in Geneva, Switzerland. There were between twenty to thirty people in each session, that sometimes (actually quite a few of them) stayed longer than an hour to ask questions and listen both to the guys we had at CERN and us locally.

I might at some point also post a link to the recording of the sessions here. [link]

To round of the day, and to make yet a bit longer, we used our webcast hardware to set up a remote viewing room for Holger Beck‘s late night lectures, which were otherwise heavily ‘over-booked’.

So it was a long day, but I’m quite satisfied with what we managed to do!