CERNThe European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world's largest and most respected centers for scientific research. The mission of CERN is to provide for international cooperation in pure scientific research in particle physics, facilitate contact between scientists, provide advanced training and make the results of its work generally available.
Founded in 1954, CERN was one of Europe's first joint ventures, initially consisting of 12 member states; CERN now has grown 20 Member States. The CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva and offers a unique opportunity for scientific collaboration and cultural exchange between scientists and engineers from around the globe.
At CERN, the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature.