In 1954, the Netherlands were a founding member of CERN, together with 11 other European countries. Ever since Dutch researchers have maintained a high profile at CERN as witnessed, for example, by the 1984 Nobel prize in Physics awarded to Simon van der Meer for his decisive contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons at CERN’s SPS proton-antiproton collider. Dutch physicist Cornelis Bakker served as CERN-Director General from 1955-1960.

Since 1975 the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and High Energy Physics (NIKHEF), a joint venture of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and the four universities: Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, coordinates and supports experimental particle physics research in the Netherlands.

NIKHEF’s main research ambition at CERN is to exploit the discovery potential of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) programme through participation in ATLASALICE and LHCb.

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