This has gone around the world: the Higgs particle has been discovered, a transitory indication of a force field without which the world would not exist. The standard model in physics predicted it - but to find it, the CERN was needed, the world's largest nuclear research centre with its particle accelerator where particles can be accelerated almost to the speed of light and made to collide. This is where the extremely transitory Higgs particle probably left first marks - a milestone in physics.
Large-scale projects of this kind cannot be realised by an individual country. The CERN is a perfect example for international cooperation within the field of top-level research; there are now 20 member states and more than 3000 staff members. In the research centre located in Meyrin close to Geneva scientists from all over the world are investigating the structure of matter.
At the ZiF-Konferenz 2013 high-level academic and political experts who took an active part in the turbulent history of the CERN talked about the 'adventure large-scale research'.