Science and Research
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
The European Organization for Nuclear Research is the worlds’ largest particle physics center. The laboratory operated by CERN is commonly referred to as the "European laboratory for particle physics".
The laboratory and its research program, through the participation of more than 7.000 researchers from 500 research institutes and universities from over 80 countries, is a major source of new scientific and technological knowledge.
In its 50 years of research CERN brought forward revolutionary scientific results and fundamental contributions of innovation and technology transfer, promoting the application of scientific knowledge into tangible benefits for the society.
In fulfilling its pioneering role in the field of high energy physics, CERN is in the process of completing the construction of the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful instrument ever built to investigate on particles properties, in the continuous quest to provide answers to fundamental scientific questions.
Greece is one of the founding members who in July 1st, 1953 signed the convention establishing CERN together with the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia who left in 1961. The Organization was joined latter on by Austria (1959), Spain (1961), Portugal (1985), Finland (1991) Poland(1991), Hungary (1992), the Czech and Slovak Republics (1993) and Bulgaria (1999), bringing the number of Member States to 20.