The International Relations Office advises and assists the Director-General in matters concerning international relations of the Organization. The Head of International Relations represents CERN in such matters when the Director-General is not available.

In particular, the Office assists the Director-General in the following:

  • Shaping and implementing international relations strategies.

  • Strengthening the cooperation with Member States.

  • Implementing the geographical enlargement policy of the Organization.

  • Fostering increased collaboration with Non-Member States and international scientific organizations through the conclusion and implementation of cooperation agreements.

  • Facilitating the participation of external research institutions in CERN projects.

The Office maintains a complete and up-to-date record of the participation of the Member States, and of collaborating states, organizations and institutes in the CERN programme.