The European Organization for Nuclear Research

known as CERN (/ˈsɜːrn/; French pronunciation: [sɛʁn]; derived from the name "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire"; see History), is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border, (46°14′3″N 6°3′19″E) and has 22 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership.

CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research – as a result, numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN as a result of international collaborations.

CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The main site at Meyrin has a large computer facility containing powerful data processing facilities, primarily for experimental-data analysis; because of the need to make these facilities available to researchers elsewhere, it has historically been a major wide area network hub.

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The Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) is an accelerator R&D project based at CERN. It is a proof-of-principle experiment investigating the use of plasma wakefields driven by a proton bunch to accelerate charged particles.
A plasma wakefield is a type of wave generated by particles travelling through a plasma. AWAKE will send proton beams through plasma cells to generate these fields. By harnessing wakefields, physicists may be able to produce accelerator gradients hundreds of times higher than those achieved in current radiofrequency cavities. This would allow future colliders to achieve higher energies over shorter distances than is possible today.

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  • Preparing for retirement - seminars September 19, 2018
    If you are a staff member and considering retirement in the next one or two years, we encourage you to participate in two special seminars, organised by the Human Resources Department. Retirement marks the end of a person’s professional career and the start of a new chapter in life. This transition is easier for those who are well informed […]
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  • 9-10.10: Industrial exhibition at "La France au CERN 2018" September 19, 2018
    The 15th edition of the industrial exhibition “La France au CERN” will be held on 9 and 10 October 2018. This event has been organised by Business France, the agency in charge of fostering export growth by French businesses, with the support of Thalès DMS France and Thalès AVS France, and will allow 42 French companies to showcase […]
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  • Access bldg 33 - Jura door closed - 19/9-21/9 September 18, 2018
    Please note that it will not be possible to enter or leave the site using the pedestrian door (the "Jura gate") next to the reception in building 33, between noon on 19 September and the evening of 21 September, due to works. You are requested to use Gates A or B outside the opening hours of […]
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  • 3 October: Design Day at CERN September 18, 2018
    On 3 October, the School of Design of the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London partners with IdeaSquare at CERN to launch a new collaboration connecting science, technology and design.  RCA is one of the world’s most highly ranked universities in Art and Design. It is the only one dedicated to postgraduate students in this […]
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  • 2018 edition of the CERN Road Race September 12, 2018
    The 2018 edition of the annual CERN Road Race will be held on 4 October (Thursday) at 18:15. The 5.5-km race takes place over three laps of a 1.8-km circuit in the West Area of the Meyrin site, and is open to everyone working at CERN and their families. There are runners of all speeds, […]
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  • Become a volunteer for Researchers’ Night at CERN! August 28, 2018
    Image: Massarotti, Loraine/CERN On Friday, 28 September 2018 CERN organises Researchers’ Night for the 9th consecutive year! The brand new Esplanade des Particules, the Globe of Science and Innovation and Building 33 will open their doors to the public for this great European celebration of science. A myriad of free and bilingual activities will be available […]
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  • Launch of the new CERN Learning Hub August 27, 2018
    CERN provides a wide range of learning and development opportunities for personnel. These cover everything from the everyday essentials of safety and computer security, through leadership and communication training to the most arcane technical skills required in a laboratory as large and complex as CERN.  The new Learning Hub provides a new look and feel […]
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  • Lightning talks by CERN openlab students on 16 August August 10, 2018
    Andrew Purcell The CERN openlab summer students, here in front of the Globe of Science and Innovation, have spent their summer gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology. (Image: Andrew Purcell/CERN) Want to learn about the exciting projects the CERN openlab summer students have been working on? Then come along to the “lighting talk” sessions on Thursday, 16 August. […]
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  • 10 August: Roadworks close to Gate C August 9, 2018
    SMB Department Due to roadworks on Chemin de Franchevaux, an alternating traffic system will be in place on the approach to Gate C between 7.00 a.m. and 12 noon on Friday, 10 August 2018.
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  • Beat the heat! August 2, 2018
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  • LHC news from Seoul July 10, 2018
    ICHEP 2018 participants. (Image: ICHEP 2018) It’s that time of the year when physicists from around the world gather at the “biggie” of conferences in high-energy physics — the biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP). This year’s event, the 39th in the series, is taking place in Seoul, South Korea, on 4–11 July. Here’s a taste […]
  • Accelerating news issue 25 now available July 9, 2018
    The CERN Linear Electron Accelerator for Research (CLEAR) is a user facility for accelerator R&D (Image: Julien Ordan/CERN) The summer issue of Accelerating News is now online. In this issue you can read about: recent milestones passed by the HL-LHC collaboration, namely the construction of the first 11T dipole model prototype and the world's first crabbing of a […]
  • VI International Geant4 School | 26-30 November 2018, Trento July 6, 2018
    Five days hands-on Geant4 course organised by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and the University of Trento will be held in Trento (Italy) from 26 to 30 November 2018.  Geant4 is a software toolkit, written in C++, for simulating tracking of particles in the matter with the Monte Carlo approach.  The software is developed and maintained by […]
  • LHCP reports from Bologna June 14, 2018
    Ana Lopes LHCP participants in the San Domenico's Centre. (Image: R Serra/FotoBouque) Some 450 researchers from around the world headed to historic Bologna, Italy, on 4–9 June to attend the sixth Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP) conference. The many talks demonstrated the breadth of the LHC physics programme, as the collider’s experiments dig deep into the […]
  • Latest results from the AMS experiment May 31, 2018
    Ana Lopes Samuel Ting presenting the latest results from AMS in CERN’s main auditorium. (Image: Julien Ordan/CERN) “None of the AMS results were predicted”, said Samuel Ting when he presented the latest results from the space-based magnetic spectrometer last week to a packed main auditorium. The results include flux measurements of secondary cosmic rays and […]
  • XENON1T reports results of dark matter WIMPs search May 30, 2018
    XENON1T is housed in the underground hall of LNGS in Italy. The cryostat is located inside the large water tank (left) next to a three-story building containing auxiliary systems. (Image credit: Roberto Corrieri and Patrick De Perio.) XENON1T is the world’s largest and most sensitive detector for direct searches of dark matter in the form […]
  • A bumper crop of LHC results at Quark Matter 2018 May 18, 2018
    A xenon–xenon collision recorded by the CMS detector. (Image: CMS/CERN) Some 900 nuclear physicists from all over the world are meeting this week in Venice, Italy, for Quark Matter 2018, the 27th International Conference on Ultrarelativistic Nucleus–Nucleus Collisions. The focus of the conference is the hot quark–gluon plasma (QGP) that is thought to have prevailed […]
  • Accelerating news issue 24 now available March 22, 2018
    In this issue you can read a report from the "Accelerator - Industry Co-Innovation" workshop identifying opportunities and research challenges for next-generation accelerators, learn about the Tactile Collider, a novel educational tool making accelerator science accessible for visually impaired (VI) school children; and find out more about why training (anti)matters, from the young researchers who joined a two-day […]
  • 2018 Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics March 13, 2018
    Nick Ellis (On behalf of the International Organising Committee) The fourth Asia-Europe-Pacific School of High-Energy Physics, AEPSHEP2018 (, to be held in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, 12-25 September 2018, is open for applications (deadline 1 April 2018). AEPSHEP is held every second year, hosted in countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The first three Schools in the […]
  • International School on Low Energy Antimatter Physics February 6, 2018
    A week-long international School on Low Energy Antimatter Physics will be held at CERN between the 25th and the 29th of June 2018. It will cover the challenges in antimatter facility design and optimization, beyond state of the art beam diagnostics and advanced detectors, as well as novel antimatter experiments. In addition to lectures by research […]


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