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20th Anniversary Celebration of the Original Proposal of the World Wide Web
13 March 2009
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Information for Invited Guests

20th Anniversary Celebration of the original proposal for the World Wide Web

In March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, wrote "Information Management: A Proposal," the original proposal for the World Wide Web and thus began invention that has changed our lives and our world in such profound ways.

On 13 March 2009, there will be a celebration of 20 years of the Web at it's birthplace at CERN. Panel discussions and a keynote talk by Tim Berners-Lee will explore the history of the Web as well as its future.

Please note this is an invitation-only event as the space at the Globe building is unfortunately very limited. Please do not share your invitation, this Web page or the registration link with others. The proceedings of the day, will however, be made available as a webcast and we are exploring mechanisms by which people might be able send messages or participate virtually.


Guests who register for the tours of CERN should arrive, check in and get their badges
Registration building (#33)
Welcome Coffee and tour information (optional)
Globe of Science and Innovation building (#80)
shuttles for the tours, film and access to the ATLAS building leave the Globe building (optional)
CERN Labs and Museum visits (optional)
** Buffet lunch ** (optional)
Globe building
Welcome by Professor Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN
Panel on history of the Web
speakers: Ben Segal, Jean-Francois Groff and Robert Cailliau
possible Demo of the NeXT computer on which Tim Berners-Lee developed the Web and which was also the first Web server
** Break **
Keynote: Tim Berners Lee
Panel: Future of the Web
speakers: Chris Bizer, Stephane Boyera, Dan Brickley and Tom Scott
** Closing cocktail reception **
End of conference



Please note: this is an invitation-only event so you must register in order to be able to attend. After your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any problems with your registration, please contact: Unfortunately, due to space considerations, registrations for those people not on the invitation list must be deleted. Only those people who are on the invitation list and have registered will be provided with badges and access to the event.

When you arrive at CERN please go to the Reception building (#33), show your ID and receive your badge. The Globe of Science and Innovation building where the events are being held is across the road from the Reception building.

Those guests who register to take advantage of the tours in the morning should arrive at the reception building by 8:30am to get their badges. Welcome coffee will be available in the Globe and the shuttle buses for the visits, film and access to the ATLAS building will leave from there. Group for the tours will be set up in advance so please make every effort to arrive in good time.

CERN will make private parking available for those who will come by car. Please contact the CERN press office (contact information below) in order to make arrangements.


The event will be held in the beautiful Globe of Science and Innovation Building at CERN.

Globe building

Globe map

More information:

How to Get to CERN:

The nearest airport is Geneva International Airport (further information on getting to CERN is here)


There is a big conference in Geneva around this time so hotel space may be scarce. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. Information on hotels near CERN can be found here.


If you have any questions about the logistics for the event, please contact the CERN press office at:
Tel.: + 41 22 76 721 41 or + 41 22 76 734 32

Please note, this is a CERN event. CERN are graciously hosting it and are in charge of all logistics. For any W3C-related requests, please contact:

For registration questions please contact:

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