Spreading the CERN spirit of scientific curiosity, for the inspiration and benefit of society


To meet the critical challenges of the 21st century, we need greater public engagement in science, evidence-based decision and policy making, and more talented young people from around the world pursuing careers using STEM subjects.  This mission is critical for designing and building the infrastructure for a sustainable planet and shared human well-being across the globe.


CERN & Society is the programme of projects and activities in the areas of education & outreach, innovation & knowledge exchange, and culture & creativity that spread the CERN spirit of scientific curiosity for the inspiration and benefit of society.


The programme is funded primarily by the CERN & Society Foundation, a charitable foundation established by CERN and supported by individuals, trusts, organisations and commercial entities.  The particular projects are inspired or enabled by CERN, but lie outside of its specific research mandate.  We seek to complement CERN's valuable work by helping young talent from around the world flourish in the future.


The CERN & Society programme aims to:

  1. Promote public understanding of science and the various ways it affects our daily life;
  2. Encourage and support young people’s interest in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with an emphasis on physics and engineering;
  3. Improve people’s lives by means of innovative technologies;
  4. Build capacity in developing countries by providing people with scientific knowledge and tools; and 
  5. Foster creative synergies between science and culture, stimulating inspiration and enriching the cultural landscape.