2006 - 2013

The European strategy for particle physics

The CERN Council, in a special meeting held on 14th of July 2006 in Lisbon, agreed on the first European Strategy for Particle Physics. The following documents were produced at that time: Strategy StatementDiscussion Document and Brochure.


The Strategy adopted in 2006 was updated by the Council at its European Strategy Session in Brussels on 30 May 2013. The updated Strategy is defined by one preamble and 17 statements described in the Strategy Statement paper approved by the Council. The Deliberation Paper produced by the European Strategy Group describes the rationale behind the Strategy Statements and some suggestions on organisational matters. On the same occasion, a Brochure was produced by the Communication Group explaining the social relevance of particle physics.


On 15 December 2016, the Council decided that May 2020 would be the optimum time frame for the approval of the next update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, and on 27 September 2017 it appointed the Strategy Secretary, Professor H. Abramowicz, and established the Strategy Secretariat that will organise the update process.