for Nuclear Research
pour la recherche nucléaire
|Formation||29 September 1954|
|Membership||21 member states and 7 observers|
|Director General||Rolf-Dieter Heuer|
CERN is a research institute near Geneva, Switzerland. The name stands for Centre Européen de Recherche Nucleaire (European Centre for Nuclear Research). CERN was founded in 1954. Today 20 nations are members of the organisation. It is the world's biggest laboratory for particle physics. About 2600 people work there full time, and over 7800 scientists from about 500 universities and research institutes work there in total.
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