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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (official name), commonly known by the acronym CERN (provisional acronym used in 1952, which responded to the name in French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, ie European Council for Nuclear Research), is The largest particle physics research laboratory in the world.
It is located in Switzerland near the border with France, between the commune of Saint-Genis-Pouilly (in the department of Ain) and the commune of Meyrin (in the canton of Geneva).
As an international facility, CERN is not officially under French or Swiss jurisdiction. The member states contribute jointly and annually with CHF 1 billion (approximately € 664 million, USD 1 billion).
The center was awarded in 2013 with the Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research with Peter Higgs and François Englert.