CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research.
The provisional body CERN was set up in February 1952, and in the same year Geneva was chosen as the seat of the future Organization. The Convention establishing the European Organization for Nuclear Research was signed during 1953, and came into force on 29 September 1954.
Fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.
Particle accelerators and detectors are used to study the basic constituents of matter.
Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets.
Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.
The technologies of tomorrow
From cancer therapy, medical and industrial imaging, radiation processing, electronics, measuring instruments, new manufacturing processes and materials, the WWW, these are just some of the many technologies developed at CERN.
The dissemination of scientific knowledge
A comprehensive range of training schemes and fellowships attracts many talented young scientists and engineers to the Laboratory. CERN offers many educational resources and opportunities for schools and the general public.
A worldwide collaboration
The Laboratory spans the Swiss-French border near Geneva.