Launching a call for ideas: Entertain tweens with FUNdamental physics

29 Nov 2012
  • Deadline for submission
    28 February 2013

    Download the Terms & Conditions 
    Call For Ideas: Terms & Conditions (.PDF)

    Download the submission Form 
    Call for Ideas: submission form (.DOC)

    EUROVISION Contact
    Laura Longobardi

    +41 22 717 24 23

    CERN Contact
    Kate Kahle

  • EUROVISION and CERN, the world’s leading particle physics laboratory, invite original ideas for multiplatform programmes (or formats) aimed at fascinating tweens (8-12 year olds) with the subject of fundamental physics.

    Subject to applicable conditions, EUROVISION and CERN will provide scientific and financial support for the selected idea.

    Proposals must respect the following criteria: 

    - Have an innovative, fresh approach to the topic of fundamental physics to stimulate the natural curiosity of kids in an entertaining and creative way.
    - Appeal to different countries and cultures.
    - Include TV elements but also have a multi-platform, interactive approach to engage kids beyond the TV experience.
    - TV elements no longer than 5 minutes and capable of working as stand alones.
    - Not include talking heads.
    - Fit into existing TV magazines.
    - Focus on fundamental physics1 in the first phase.

    In addition to a short description of the envisaged project, proposals must include the following information:

    - Information on the production company and director track records.
    - A development plan and development budget as well as a provisional production budget and production schedule allowing technically and pictorially first-class quality and suitable for TV broadcast.
    - A short synopsis of how the topic of gravity would be treated in the programme idea.
    - A cross-media proposal.

    For the submission of your proposals, please download and complete the form and return it to Laura Longobardi ( : 

    All proposals must be submitted by 28 February 2013.


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    Exploring the frontiers of knowledge.
    CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. Founded in 1954, it sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near Geneva. One of Europe’s first joint ventures, CERN now has 20 Member States. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to collide and observe fundamental particles in order to understand the laws of Nature.

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    EUROVISION is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with Members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond. It is the industry’s premier distributor and producer of top quality content including educational and factual as well as entertainment, live sport and news and music content. > Content > TV


    1 Fundamental physics
    Fundamental physics extends from the infinitely small sub-atomic particles to the vast wonders of the cosmos. It includes:

    • Studies on the components of the atoms (particles such as quarks and electrons), on the subatomic particles that can exist in the universe (such as neutrinos and the Higgs boson), and on the fundamental forces (strong force, weak force, electromagnetic force and gravitational force)
    • Astroparticle Physics, aimed at answering great open questions such as: what is dark matter? What is dark energy? Why is antimatter so rare in our universe? How was our universe born and how will it end?
    • Applications of fundamental physics in everyday life, i.e. medicine (hadron therapy for cancer treatments, PET and other diagnostic tools, etc), telecommunications (e.g. web, Grid), computers etc.

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