What is CERN's mission?
At CERN, our work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. We do this by providing a unique range of particle accelerator facilities to researchers, to advance the boundaries of human knowledge.
The Laboratory, established in 1954, has become a prime example of international collaboration.
Our mission is to:
- provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge.
- perform world-class research in fundamental physics.
- unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.
We want to:
- use our world-class accelerator, the LHC, to its maximum potential during its high-luminosity phase;
- provide maintain and continually update a diverse, complementary scientific programme serving a broad community, including contributing to long-baseline neutrino projects outside Europe;
- prepare for a post-LHC high-energy accelerator project through design studies (CLIC and FCC) and a vigorous accelerator R&D programme (AWAKE and others).
Beyond science, we also aim to:
- be a politically neutral voice for science, advocating investment in fundamental research and evidence-based policy;
- build further links with industry in terms of the transfer of knowledge from CERN to industry;
- train a new generation of scientists and engineers;
- inspire and nurture scientific awareness in all citizens.