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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    COVID-19: Meals in Restaurant 1 for CERN members of personnel on site anschaef Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:48 Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic, CERN Management has decided to offer daily meals to employed and associated members of the personnel working on site. This service will be provided by Restaurant 1 (building 501). […]
  • New resources for learning and developing remotely March 25, 2020
    New resources for learning and developing remotely thortala Wed, 03/25/2020 - 15:41 As we all adapt to our new working reality, the HR-LD team has put together some online resources to help learners adjust to life in their 'home office'.  Working, leading and learning remotely require us to communicate more not less, work smarter not […]
  • COVID19 - Measures regarding suspension of safety training classroom courses March 25, 2020
    COVID19 - Measures regarding suspension of safety training classroom courses thortala Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:16 Following the measures currently implemented by CERN in response to the COVID-19 situation, all classroom safety training sessions are suspended until further notice. If during this exceptional suspension the validity of a classroom course comes to an end, this will […]
  • Disconnection of electrical equipment March 24, 2020
    Disconnection of electrical equipment thortala Tue, 03/24/2020 - 14:17 The CERN site is currently shut down and in “safe mode”. In the absence of regular supervision of equipment and installations, we must take extreme care with regard to potential sources of fire. In order to reduce this risk, CERN’s Fire and Rescue Service requests you […]
  • Apply for the 2020 Beamline for Schools competition March 20, 2020
    Apply for the 2020 Beamline for Schools competition anschaef Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:51 The Beamline for Schools competition invites teams of high-school students to propose a scientific experiment that they want to perform at a particle-physics laboratory. Because of the ongoing maintenance of CERN's accelerators since the end of 2018, the winning experiments in 2020 […]
  • Cancellation of the Blood Donation March 18, 2020
    Cancellation of the Blood Donation thortala Wed, 03/18/2020 - 11:28 Due to COVID19, the blood donation of 01.04.2020 is cancelled. If you would like more information about the possibilities of blood donation under the present circumstances, then please visit the following sites: In Switzerland : https://www.hug-ge.ch/don-du-sang In France : https://dondesang.efs.sante.fr/
  • Library closure as of Friday 20 March March 16, 2020
    Library closure as of Friday 20 March thortala Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:25 The Library is going to work in "remote support mode". The Library will be closed on Friday 20 March at the latest and until further notice, in compliance with the situation deriving from CERN entering stage 3 of CERN’s Epidemic Preparedness plan: Therefore, […]
  • Benefits Service of the Pension Fund - information March 16, 2020
    Benefits Service of the Pension Fund - information cmenard Mon, 03/16/2020 - 08:18 Following CERN's measures and recommendations in relation to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, in order to protect the health of all CERN’s personnel, contractors, visitors and beneficiaries, the Organization has taken the decision to limit activities on-site to those essential for the safety […]
  • Information Mail Services Interruption March 11, 2020
    Information Mail Services Interruption thortala Wed, 03/11/2020 - 15:14 Due to restructuring purposes of the CERN mail service, deliveries and collection will be interrupted on March, 18th 2020 for the entire day. All services will be back to normal as from next day, on March, 19th 2020. Only a few services are going to be […]
  • CERN School of Computing 2020: Apply now! March 10, 2020
    CERN School of Computing 2020: Apply now! anschaef Tue, 03/10/2020 - 09:39 Applications are now open for the 43rd CERN School of Computing. The CSC 2020 will take place from 23 August to 5 September 2020 in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. The School is organised in collaboration with the AGH University of Science […]


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