CERN is a truly unique
organisation. A genuine collaboration between countries, universities
and scientists, driven not by profit margins, but by a commitment to
create and share knowledge.
People here are
part of immense scientific discoveries, answering some of life’s most
complex questions and pushing the boundaries of understanding. Experts
from every field come here to share in this ambition and the nature of
this collaborative, international community creates a genuine atmosphere
of trust. People are free to work creatively and to trust in, and rely
on, their colleagues across the organisation.
being made here – and the excitement is tangible, inspiring,
overwhelming at times. It is the only place in the world that you can do
this work in this way!
CERN, the European
Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and
most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is
fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it
works. 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.
instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors.
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.
in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco–Swiss border near
Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20