CERN Accelerating science


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique



Founded in 1939, The National Centre for Scientific Research ( C.N.R.S.) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

It covers all scientific disciplines from humanities and social sciences, chemistry, mathematic to earth sciences and astronomy, within its eleven institutes organized around their specific scientific field.

One of these institutes, the National institute of nuclear and particle physics (IN2P3) of the CNRS, is in charge to promote and unify research activities in the fields of nuclear physics, particle and astroparticle physics. It coordinates programmes within these fields on behalf of the CNRS and universities, in partnership with CEA.

Whilst these main themes represent the core of the discipline, IN2P3 also has several additional vocations: enabling other scientific domains to benefit from its competencies and solving certain problems posed by society, and accompanying universities in contributing to youngsters’ training.

Lastly, it has a duty to offer the world of business the benefit of its expertise by providing industry with the technological resources that it has successfully expanded within the framework of its research activities.

It has contributed to design and develop very large scale research facilities, which are useful for all its disciplines as telescopes, particle accelerator, detector systems, computer etc.