What is CERN's mission?

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Katarzyna Dyga of IT department measuring the TETRA network coverage and quality of voice calls in the AD during the end of year technical stop 2017/2018 assuring that the TETRA service is reliable. (Image: CERN)

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.

Our Goals

Discovery through science
Technological innovation
Diversity and bringing nations together
Inspiration and Education

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.