CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. We conduct fundamental research in physics to study the basic constituents of matter — the elementary particles. By studying what happens when very energetic particles collide, physicists can learn more about the laws of nature. Founded 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 Member States.
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