An acronym for French words meaning European Center for Nuclear Research. Supported by a consortium of European countries, CERN is an advanced scientific research institute in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the premier locations for particle physics research.
Note: After the year 2007, CERN will be the location of the world's largest particle accelerator.
French Conseil EuropÃ©en pour la Recherche NuclÃ©aire (European Organization for Nuclear Research, now known as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics)