CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located near Geneva, is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
It has strong links with Belgium, a founding Member State since 1954. Here is a short description of the official links between Belgium and CERN.
The Council is the supreme decision-making body of the Organization and is composed of two delegates from each CERN's Member State. It defines the Organization’s policy about the scientific, technical and administrative matters.
Belgium is represented by two Delegates who have representative functions in other CERN bodies (see below).
Secretary-General of the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) since 2008
Professor in experimental particle physics at Ghent University
Belgian Delegate at CERN Council, CERN Finance Committee and Tripartite Employment Conditions Forum (TREF)
The Director-General, appointed by the Council, manages the CERN Laboratory. The Director-General is assisted by a directorate and runs the Laboratory through a structure of departments.
The Management Liaison is a member of the CERN senior staff, who helps to maintain open dialogue between the CERN management and the Member States Council delegates and other relevant officials in that country. They may also interact with existing Informal Networks of staff and users from their country.
CERN management has appointed one Management Liaison for Belgium.
Management liaison for Belgium
Thierry Lagrange graduated in economics and financial management in Belgium, and joined CERN in 1985 as a contract officer within the Procurement Service. He was appointed Head of Procurement in 1993, when the major procurement contracts for the LHC machine and experiments were put in place. He subsequently became leader of the Procurement and Logistics Division in 2002 before being appointed Deputy Head of the Finance Department in 2004, whose main responsibility was the management of the procurement and industrial services. He was Head of the Finance and Procurement Department from 2009 to 2015. He is now Head of Industry, Procurement & Knowledge Transfer Department.