The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Last Update Date: 8.2.2016 Create Date: 21.4.2009
CERN is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. 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. Slovakia is a member state of CERN, of CERN Council and currently holds one of the posts of Vice-President of CERN. A number of Slovak physicists work in CERN and work also on the most important CERN experiment embodied in the LHC – Large Hadron Collider. The Ministry of Education of Slovakia and the Slovak Academy of Sciences are the most important contact points of cooperation between Slovakia and CERN. More information can be found on web pages www.cern.ch, www.sav.sk, www.education.gov.sk.