1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a Candidate for Accession. Serbia is an Associate Member in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer Status.
2. Of the 292 proposals submitted, 16 were given the status of highly commended. In alphabetical order by team name, these were as follows: ArchiGuys from Italy, Beamaniacs from Turkey, Bearcat Beam Team from the United States of America, Cepheids from Singapore, CERNinos from Switzerland, Copernicus Team from Poland, Dominicuscollege from the Netherlands, Els Positrònics from Spain, Femtonautas from Spain, Hardworking International Group of Grenoble's Scientists from France, INerdPerCaso from Italy, Liceo Scientifico Leonardo da Vinci Treviso from Italy, Odysseus' Comrades from Greece, St John's College from South Africa, Team Kopernicium from Germany and Youngsteins from Austria.