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[ Fiftieth anniversary celebrations get
underway with a Swiss philatelic gift ]

A special commemorative stamp dedicated to CERN will go on sale in post offices throughout Switzerland on 9 March, marking the official start of CERN's 50th anniversary celebrations.

On your marks, get set...go! The first ten stamp-lovers born in 1954 to present themselves at the counter of CERN's Meyrin post office at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 9 March will receive the new Swiss commemorative stamp issued in honour of CERN, together with a surprise gift.

Designed by Swiss artists Christian Stuker and Beat Trummer, the stamp aims to convey the spirit of CERN in an area no larger than 28 mm by 33 mm. 'We wanted to get away from existing CERN imagery and create something symbolic for this 50th anniversary,' Christian Stucker explains. The radiating design portrays an opening, a spreading-out 'towards infinity', which reflects CERN's fundamental goals of research and the transmission of knowledge.

The stamp will be available from 9 March onwards in all post offices across Switzerland as well as in the philatelic centres of Basle, Berne, Lausanne, Lugano, St Gallen and Zurich.

The issue of this stamp marks the official start of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Regular updates on the programme of events will be given in the Bulletin and can also be found on the 50th anniversary website.

This new Swiss stamp, with a face value of 1.80 CHF, can be ordered on the Internet.

Golden Jubilee photos [ CERN celebrated ]
21 February 1966. The Swiss post office issued a stamp in CERN's honour. This stamp showed the flags of the thirteen Member States at the time arranged in the geometrical outline of Switzerland against a background of a track photograph.

[Fifty tours are being planned to mark CERN's 50th anniversary]
On 16 October 2004, CERN will open its doors to the public. The Visits Service is already busy with preparations for this day of special events to mark the fiftieth anniversary and is recruiting volunteers.

A date for your diaries! On 16 October 2004, CERN will be holding an Open Day to mark its golden jubilee. The public will be invited to discover 50 years of history through tours of 50 different sites. Over thirty sites for the tours have already been identified, including the experiment halls, the assembly halls for the LHC detectors and magnets as well as the computer centre and the fire station. With a programme offering tours, talks, a play on a scientific theme and a variety of workshops, there will be something for everybody. A number of evening tours will be organised specifically for the inhabitants of Cessy, St Genis, Meyrin and Ferney Voltaire, where the experiment halls for CMS, ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb are respectively located. An area will even be set aside with stimulating games to entertain the very young.

If you feel like it, your ideas and help will be welcome. The Visits Service is recruiting volunteers to guide visitors around the sites, give talks, run workshops and welcome and inform the visitors who will be coming from all the Member States.

The detailed programme will soon be available on the 50th Anniversary website and will be regularly updated.

Complete the online registration form, which you find here [+].
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