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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Afilias
Date Implemented: 16 August 2014
Type: Brand TLD
Priority #: 854 - European Organization for Nuclear Research

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.cern is a Brand TLD delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program. European Organization for Nuclear Research ("CERN").manages the TLD and is its Registry. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 16 August, 2014.[1][2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

'The Applicant, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), is an intergovernmental organization situated across the French-Swiss border near Geneva. It is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research in the field of fundamental physics. CERN has 20 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United- Kingdom), one Candidate State for accession (Romania) and two Associate Members in the pre-stage to Membership (Israel and Serbia). Other countries are also involved, as some 10,000 scientists from around the world come to CERN for their research. They represent 608 universities and 113 nationalities. The mission of CERN is to enable international collaboration in the field of high-energy physics. To this end, CERN designs, builds and operates particle accelerators and the associated experimental areas, as well as connected information technology, administrative and industrial services. CERN’s flagship project, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is producing unprecedented physics results.


Initially, the .CERN TLD will be a single-registrant TLD: only CERN will be eligible to register domain names. In due course, should the Applicant decide to open registration to certain third parties, the Applicant will organize the registry operation for.CERN in such a manner that it will avoid multiple applications for a particular domain name."[3]

Contract Signed

On 5th June 2014, CERN received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .cern after passing the Initial Evaluation.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.cern was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 16th August, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[5]