CERN (pronounced sern) is a French acronym: ‘Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire’. The English translation of this is ‘European Council for Nuclear Research’. CERN was founded in 1954 – you can read about its history here. The Large Hadron Collider is the current accelerator complex at CERN, situated on the border between Switzerland and France near the Swiss city of Geneva. Thousands of people work there, and thousands more work remotely on the various experiments hosted at CERN. The people who work there are experimental and theoretical physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and students in all these disciplines. You can see some pictures of the CERN complex taken by those of us who work there at lonelychairsatcern.