The lecture will touch on several topics, to illustrate
the role of CERN in the present and future of high-energy physics: how
does CERN work? What is the role of
the scientific community, of bodies like Council
and SPC, and of international cooperation, in the definition of CERN's
scientific programme? What are the plans for the future
of the LHC and of the non-LHC physics programme? What is the role
of R&D and technology transfer at CERN?