The Laboratory, established in 1954, has become a prime example of international collaboration. 

Our mission is to:

  • Perform world-class research in fundamental physics.
  • Provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
  • Unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all.
  • Train new generations of physicists, engineers and technicians, and engage all citizens in research and in the values of science.

We want to:

  • Deliver world-class scientific results and knowledge.
  • Use our flagship 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.
  • Prepare for a post-LHC high-energy accelerator project.

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.