Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 member states.
At CERN, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.
The CERN Procurement and Industrial Services Group
The mission of the Procurement and Industrial Services (PI) group is to procure all supplies and services for CERN, meeting the specified and contractual technical, delivery and performance requirements at the lowest possible overall cost, while achieving balanced industrial return for the CERN Member States and respecting the CERN Procurement Rules.
The group monitors and reports procurement activities and statistics to the CERN management and member states.
The group also handles the organization’s temporary labour requirements.