The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire), known as CERN (; French pronunciation: [sɛʁn]; derived from the name Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire), 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 and has 23 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership. CERN is an official United Nations Observer.Work out when and for how long to visit CERN and other Geneva attractions using our handy Geneva trip app.
The acronym CERN is also used to refer to the laboratory, which in 2019 had 2,660 scientific, technical, and administrative staff members, and hosted about 12,400 users from institutions in more than 70 countries. In 2016 CERN generated 49 petabytes of data.
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 through international collaborations. CERN is the site of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle collider. The main site at Meyrin hosts a large computing facility, which is primarily used to store and analyse data from experiments, as well as simulate events. Researchers need remote access to these facilities, so the lab has historically been a major wide area network hub. CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
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Interesting to be able to read and see more about what goes on at CERN. Great the museum, tour and films are free. Daunting subject for those without the educational background. I found the 1 hour...
Interesting to be able to read and see more about what goes on at CERN. Great the museum, tour and films are free. Daunting subject for those without the educational background. I found the 1 hour... more »
For anyone interested in the boundaries of human knowledge, visiting CERN is a must in Geneva. We arrived at 2:30pm on a Friday, and the 3:00pm tour was fully-booked. Fortunately, the 4:00pm still..... more
For anyone interested in the boundaries of human knowledge, visiting CERN is a must in Geneva. We arrived at 2:30pm on a Friday, and the 3:00pm tour was fully-booked. Fortunately, the 4:00pm still..... more »
All in all great place to visit! It was unfortunate that globe was closed and guided tours were cut down to one hour. Still, it was very inspirational to listen to a real CERN physicist! Before you go you may consider reading about the work happening at this great institution to get a bit of a context. Also it pays off to plan your visit according information from the web site.
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