07.09.2018

CERN in Vienna: UNIQA Tower to become a particle accelerator

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  • CERN brings researchers and experts to the Natural History Museum on 8 September
  • UNIQA headquarters to accompany event with light art installation
  • UNIQA is a long-standing partner and sponsor of CERN

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  • CERN brings researchers and experts to the Natural History Museum on 8 September
  • UNIQA headquarters to accompany event with light art installation
  • UNIQA is a long-standing partner and sponsor of CERN

The CERN event “Research? What’s that to me!" at the Vienna Natural History Museum at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 8 September, will be the talk of the town with the UNIQA Tower. During the event and on four more evenings, the LED façade of the UNIQA headquarters by the Danube Canal will display a mix of particle acceleration, fusion and explosion. More than 40,000 picture elements and 160,000 individual LEDs on the 7,000 square metres of the building’s outer surface will illustrate the main activities and the importance of the European research centre CERN. Led by CERN, more than 130 institutes are currently developing a plan for a new type of particle accelerator with a length of 100 kilometres, which will be key to gaining a new understanding of our world.

Partners for 50 years

CERN brings together people from all around the world in major projects and organises conferences and research and development visits in all member states. In this context, reliable partnerships like the one with UNIQA are essential. UNIQA and CERN are connected by many years of cooperation on health insurance. Via its Swiss subsidiary, UNIQA offers multinational and international companies and organisations a wide range of international health insurance solutions. A total of 30.000 people are thus comprehensively insured with UNIQA. CERN has been one of its renowned customers for almost 50 years. In addition to insurance services, UNIQA also supports CERN with projects and events like the one in Vienna on 8 September.

Fundamental research brought to life

A sausage stand – a symbol of Vienna’s culture of conversation and a centre for exchanging news of all kinds – serves as the backdrop to the CERN event in the domed hall of the Natural History Museum. Experts from science, industry and politics have their say on research and make it clear that major international projects in the field of fundamental research have social effects that go far beyond acquiring new knowledge and developing new technologies. For example, particle accelerators are opening up new horizons in cancer treatment, and even the World Wide Web was developed at CERN. Speakers will include Georg Bednorz, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics, Rolf Heuer, former Director-General of CERN, Sabine Herlitschka (CEO Infineon Technologies) and Reinhold Mitterlehner, former Science Minister and president of the Austrian Research Association ÖFG.

Research? What’s that to me! is part of the five-day BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at Maria-Theresien-Platz. Until 31 October 2018, the CERN exhibition "The Code of the Universe" situated on this very place stimulates interest in learning more about the internal mechanisms of the universe.

The UNIQA Tower’s light art installation to accompany the CERN event will begin at nightfall on 8 September and continue until 12 September.

UNIQA
The UNIQA Group is one of the leading insurance groups in its core markets of Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Around 20,000 employees and exclusive sales partners serve over 9.5 million customers in 18 countries. UNIQA is the second-largest insurance group in Austria with a market share of more than 22 per cent. UNIQA operates in 15 markets in the CEE growth region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. The UNIQA Group also includes insurance companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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